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Govt not responsible for ATCL`s poor performance, says minister

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    [h=2]By Lydia Shekighenda [/h]

    3rd August 2011

    Minister for Transport Omari Nundu yesterday told the House that Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL)’s poor performance was not caused by the government’s failure to empower the airline.

    Nundu was responding to a supplementary question by Kigoma South MP David Kafulila (NCCR-Mageuzi), who said it was a shame for Tanzania to have no single airplane. Kafulila noted that the government had always been talking about plans without implementing them.

    He contrasted the situation with Rwanda, saying it had five airplanes while Tanzania had no reliable airline.

    Nundu said when Air Tanzania Corporation (ATC) was established in 1977 it was given 11 airplanes.

    In her basic question, Special Seats MP Rukia Ahmed (CUF) had wanted to know the government’s plans to revamp the ATCL including forming the new management and the board of the company.

    Responding, Deputy Minister for Transport Athuman Mfutakamba said the government recognised the importance of the national airline and having good management to it.

    He said the present management of ATCL was temporary because the government was in a process of appointing the new management and the board to supervise the company to attain its goals.

    Mfutakamba explained that to revamp the company the government would provide facilities and working capital to enable it operate with profit rather than depend on subsidies from the government.

    He noted that through the Public-Private Partnership Policy, the government would continue discussing with other companies to get an investor capable of making ATCL provide standard services and compete with other companies.