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Kenyan airport project ignites diplomatic row with Tanzania

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by nngu007, May 16, 2011.

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    * Lowassa and CCM Government ignore the Kilimanjaro Airport for a reason not the area to be developed for the benefits of building no where to go airport in Bagamoyo maybe A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

    By In2EastAfrica - Sun May 15, 2:44 pm



    [​IMG] Former Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa


    A diplomatic row is simmering between Tanzania and Kenya over the latter’s plan to build a state-of-the-art airport at Taveta, nearly 120km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
    Kenya’s idea to put up a $119 million plus ultra-modern airport near KIA has stiffly scared the usually calm southern neighbour Tanzania, saying the move is tantamount to sabotaging its economy.
    Analysts say the Nairobi move is against the East African Community’s spirit that discourages its member states to create investments that compete, predicting that the issue is likely to create bad blood between the two pioneer EAC partner states.
    The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Defence, Security and Foreign Affairs opposes the proposed Taveta airport, arguing that it will pose stiff competition to the Tanzania’s second largest airport, KIA.
    The most powerful house committee under Former Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa, is totally against the airport project and is reported to have instructed the minister for EAC affairs, Samuel Sitta, to refer the matter to the EAC Council of Ministers attention.
    “We are against the move by Kenyan authorities and this is not going to stop here, our minister will execute the resolution. We have KIA in Tanzania, and they plan to build yet another airport close to ours? That is sabotage,” Lowassa is on record as saying.
    Word has it that should diplomatic means to stop Kenya’s plan fail, Tanzania may file a lawsuit in the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) against its partner state over the stand-off. Kenya’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mutinda Mutiso, was quoted last year as saying that his country had a plan to build a major airport near the Holili border post in order to boost economic activities, including tourism in the area.
    The facility, hardly 80km from KIA, is expected to cost over $119 million and construction was expected to start this year.
    The new airport in the area will be the third because the vicinity already has two international airports; the KIA in Tanzania and Moi International Airport in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.
    Ambassador Mutiso said the new airport was likely to be located only seven km inside Kenya and a short distance from Holili (Tanzania), an important border town along the Moshi-Voi-Mombasa highway.
    Also to be constructed in the area is an inland port to handle cargo traffic from the Mombasa port to the hinterland and landlocked countries in the region. Besides serving Kenya, the port handles cargo from or destined to northern Tanzania regions, especially Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions.
    Mutiso said the new airport is aimed at tapping the tourism potential of south east Kenya and north east Tanzania which are endowed with various attractive sites for the visitors.
    These include Tsavo West and Amboseli game reserves in Kenya and Mt.Kilimanjaro and newly elevated Mkomazi national park in Tanzania.
    “We want to see the Taveta/Holili border region fully integrated for investments and business, ” he said, adding that his country would upgrade the Mombasa-Taveta railway line to attract more traffic, especially to northern Tanzania.
    Other transport infrastructure in the area lined up for upgrading include the Mombasa-Lunga Lunga road to the Tanzanian border and Horohoro-Tanga section in Tanzania.
    The diplomat defended the new international airport for his country, saying it would reduce the costs and inconveniences by tourists from abroad who had to change planes several times to reach the famous game sanctuaries in the area.
    Aviation watchers say should the project go ahead, it is likely to impact negatively on KIA which had not been used to the optimum due to high landing and fuel charges which have resulted in less traffic than anticipated when it was constructed 41 years ago.
    KIA was intended to attract more visitors to Tanzania from abroad ,especially the tourists heading to the famous national parks in the northern circuit, to land there instead of Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
    By Jack Mikaili, The Guardian
     
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    Close the border!!...now
     
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    East African Community Kenya is after the tourists, flowers and our minerals
     
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    mmh lets us wait n c what is going to happen!
     
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    If there is no economic justification to build an international airport at Taveta due to its near proximity to KIA, how do you explain the construction of another international airport at Bagamoyo which is a stone- throw from Julius Nyerere international airport? Hawa Wabongo wapinge ya Bagamoyo kwanza kabla ya kwenda Kenya!
     
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    wacha wajenge, tumezidi umbumbumbu. viongozi wetu hawafikirii, wakenya wanatumia opportunities zetu kibao, hasa mbuga na ml. kilimanjaro, sisi tupo tupo tu. serikali wala haitaki jishughulisha, imeendekeza ufisadi uliokithiri.
     
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    Haya yote ilitakiwa usalama wa taifa wawe wana spy na kufanya fitina za kuzuia ujenzi huo badala ya wanadili kila kukicha na Dr Slaa na CDM!
     
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    I think its a challenge for us to act in a business manner and counter act in a similar manner rather than politically.
     
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    Taveta ipo Kenya au Tanzania? Sasa mtu akijenga kwake tatizo lipo wapi? Uzembe,inefficiency ya institution zetu be it public or private,business or otherwise isiwe sababu ya kumzuia jirani kutekeleza azma zake za maendeleo.
     
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    Whats wrong with constuction of Taveta airport? Viongozi wetu wanafikiri wakenya wamelala kama wao? Kama wanataka ushindani wakajenge yetu Holili. Shida ya vilaza wetu wako kwa ajili ya mitumbo yao na familia zao na sio future ya watz kama walivyo wakenya, hili ni somo
     
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    Kama tuna ubavu tuiimarishe KIA sio kulalamika mtu anapojenga kwake, Hilo ndio tatizo la kuchagua Vilaza tunajijitia Dr. Slaa alishasema kuwa serikali yake itapitia tena kuhusu hii EAC kwa kuwa haina maana yoyote kwetu sisi Watanzania
     
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    Safi sana kenya good... watanzania tunajifanya tunajua sana... kulikuwa hamna sababu ya kuweka tozo kubwa kiasi kile KIA mpaka makampuni ya ndege yanaogopa kutua, pili uwanja ule tumeusahau sana... sasa tusubiri watu walio serious katika biashara waweke chao, kama hatutogawana viwanja pale sababu inaonekana hilo tu ndio tunaloweza!!
     
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    Tukifunga mpaka.,ndio tunaweza tukajenga uwanja mzuri,natutaua competition kwa sababu vitu kama hivi huwa vinafanywa kwa makubaliano ya kimataifa,eg...kuweka price cap kwenye vyakula,thats against the agreement....so,forget kenya...matter of fact forget EAC!
     
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    Hili ndio wazo tuangalie jinsi ya kuifanya KIA iwe competitive na sio kulalamika tu, kama KIA ingekuwa bora nina uhakika wakenya wasingekuja kuweka hela zote hizo kwani wasingekuwa na uhakika kama mradi utalipa. Lakini kwa kuwa wameona tumelala ndo maana wanaleta uwanja wao ambao nina uhakika utafanya vizuri sana!!
     
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    Wenzenu wana Kenya Airways inarusha ndege nyie mna ATCL haina ndege inayorusha lakini mnawalipa wafanyakazi mishahara!! Hiyo ndiyo tofauti kubwa kati ya utendaji wenu na Kenya!! Kikwete hilo shirika la ndege litakufia mikononi usipoangalia; assuming it has not collapsed already!!
     
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    Truly,briefly speaking you are dreamer.Tufunge mpaka iweje?
    Babu jenga daraja sio ukuta!
     
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    Kilimanjaro Airport Passenger Reviews and Kilimanjaro Airport Customer opinion

    24 June 2010 by Adam Simmons (Spain)

    Compared to so many airports, a delightful experience. I was first off my arriving flight and so did not have to queue for a visa. Only one person was doling them out so I guess that stragglers had quite a wait. On departure, plenty of shops for such a small airport, with plenty of seating, both indoors and out. no problems in either direction with passport or customs.

    25 May 2010 by Ravi Mene (UK)

    Used Kilimanjaro as our entry point for Tanzania's northern safari circuit, KLM was the only flight arrival at the time, the airport though small had the fresh feel of yester years relaxed airports, walking to arrival area ushered by ground staff, No soulless airbridges and automatic sliding doors leading to empty spaces!! The whole ambience was relaxed, Immigration was quick and efficient, they had a green and red channel, when tried to walk through green channel, were asked (politely) to go through red, were asked a few cursory questions and waved through, total time from disembarkation from the airplane to the waiting car less than 20 minutes!! The charm of this airport is that it is not like the other mega airports, small and fresh.

    28 April 2010 by Anne Linney

    Another charming African airport where you can bribe your way into any area of the airport and where power cuts tend to be a problem and staff have to run to the generator to get lights back on. Surprising that KLM actually lands here, no other western airline company does such a thing.

    29 September 2009 by M Ford

    Small, clean, basic. One of your contributors mentions a corrupt customs official in 2007. There are now serious problems with customs officials there who take one into a room and will not be satisfied until a bribe has been paid. This is not just if one has gifts or items disallowed on the Exemption Schedule of the Customs Tariff Act. Anyone is likely to be their victim and they are very persistent and intimidating. Something should be done.

    Kilimanjaro International Airport by M Ford: 29 September 2009

    Small, clean, basic. One of your contributors mentions a corrupt customs official in 2007. There are now serious problems with customs officials there who take one into a room and will not be satisfied until a bribe has been paid. This is not just if one has gifts or items disallowed on the Exemption Schedule of the Customs Tariff Act. Anyone is likely to be their victim and they are very persistent and intimidating. Something should be done.


    Kilimanjaro International Airport by Benjamin Arksen: 3 August 2007

    A very small airport, definitely not a hub, but shops are decently-priced and have beautiful souvenirs. If you climb KiKilimanjaronjaro, then don't bother buying any souvenirs at the moutain itself, as the airport shops have basically the same shirts and etc, and the prices are unnegotiable.

    Kilimanjaro International Airport by Ingvar Backéus: 5 February 2007

    A lot of tourists travel nowadays through KiKilimanjaronjaro International Airport (JRO; usually called Kia). It is a fairly small airport with international flights mainly by KLM and Ethiopian. The travel from the airport to Arusha town takes nearly an hour; the smaller town of Moshi is closer. A taxi to Arusha should cost USD 50-60. KLM arrives in the evening and security along the road to Arusha has sometimes been poor. At some time passengers even travelled to Arusha in a convoy. At present situation seems to be under control. There are some decent tourist shops, both before and after immigration, actually more shops than one would expect considering the low number of flights. I have travelled through this airport many times during the last 15 years. Considerable renovation in the check-in area has taken place a few years ago and it now looks fresh. Toilets do not always work – a common phenomenon in Africa. Some years back I had at several occasions considerable problems with a corrupt customs officer who wanted something under the table for obviously no good reason, but that person has disappeared and the last few years customs checks have been quite relaxed. Getting a visa at the airport is rather straightforward but since usually a good number of people come without a visa, one has to expect some queuing; having the visa ready is recommendable.

    Kilimanjaro Airport Reviews | SKYTRAX
     
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    Akina Lowassa waache unafiki wanajifanya kupinga ujenzi wa Airport Kenya huku wanapigia kampeni East African Community. Kifupi watanzania hatutaki shirikisho la africa mashariki (EAC) ni kunyonyana tu kama Ujerumani anavyonyonywa na EU.
     
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    si nimekupa sababu?What do we benefit from nyang'aus other than them stealing gold,tanzanite,tourism....from dummies like JK and Kabila?
     
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