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Airlines furious over airport incident in Dar es Salaam

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Alpha, Feb 19, 2011.

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    Alpha JF-Expert Member

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    Airlines furious over airport incident in Dar es Salaam

    BY WOLFGANG H. THOME, ETN | FEB 18, 2011
    (eTN) - A regular aviation source in Dar es Salaam has, through third parties, passed his own views and that of several of his colleagues, even from other airlines, on the airport closure of Dar’s Julius Nyerere International Airport. He said he had to opt to use alternate routes, passing this information as:

    "I believe communications are monitored. This explosion is very serious and government takes not kindly to anyone found talking about it or going to the press with any information or details. They seem to think it is all about state security here. That is why our newspapers give little information, but we know, of course, why that is so and who is behind it. Anyway, the good news is that the airport is now open again and operating but there are still many passengers waiting for their international flight departures, and domestic flights also have a backlog of passengers waiting to fly to their destinations within Tanzania."

    A series of explosions at a nearby army base, also used as a major ammunition storage, rocked Dar es Salaam on Wednesday night, causing widespread destruction on the army base itself and across a wide perimeter around the base to businesses, residential housing, and leading even to the closure of the international airport.

    Flights enroute to Dar were diverted, as far as possible to Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha, or else told to land while still airborne at a chosen diversion airport. All international, regional, and domestic flights in and out of Dar es Salaam were cancelled during the period of closure, leaving passengers stranded, angry, upset, and without much if any information on the timeframe of their cancelled departures. Many were said to be further inconvenienced when businesses at the airport closed leaving them literally on their own as phone lines to the airlines or airport information service were either jammed or not answered at all.

    The quoted aviation source in Dar had this to say: "We were told of a shutdown of the airport by phone from colleagues on duty at the airport. We heard the explosions across the city, and first, one would have thought of a big accident or other incidents involving the airport itself. Then gradually news filtered through [that] it was the same army base which already exploded in April 2009, and we could not believe it. I got in touch with other colleagues, and we are all very upset that government has failed to implement any safety measures at all and allowing such a thing to happen a second time.

    "Imagine, aircraft, the airport building could have been hit by rockets causing big loss of life and aircraft. Where in the world does an army store a lot of bombs, rockets, mines, and ammunition so close to the main international airport and not ensure total safety? My colleagues and I are very upset, and considering how we are often treated by airport security when going to our place of work, it is obvious that the army does not take safety and security of the people and assets they are supposed to protect equally seriously.

    "This government talks about tourism and trade relations, but they cannot even keep our country’s main airport secure. If this had led to loss of life at the airport, the tourism sector would be very hard hit, because everyone would say ‘you can’t go there, it is not safe.’ Our managers here will not talk either to the press; they are mostly expatriates and know how to keep silent over such issues unless they want to be sent home. It is pathetic, even the loss of life and the number of those injured are kept like a state secret. At least now the airport is open again, but a friend of mine said he should really be given a flak jacket and steel helmet with his uniform to be safe."

    As if the country’s tourism industry needed such negative publicity following the storm of outrage over the past few months about the planned highway across the Serengeti’s migration routes of the great herds of wildebeest and zebras, the controversy over the possible construction of a hotel in the "Stone Town" of Zanzibar, and the likely revival of plans to build a hydroelectric dam along the Rufiji River’s Stieglers Gorge – besides the contentious issues of poaching, ivory smuggling, and other related stories told here in past months.

    As of this writing, at least 20 have been reported dead and 145 injured.

    Julius Nyerere International Airport Update Airlines furious over airport incident in Dar es Salaam -
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    Ndjabu Da Dude JF-Expert Member

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    Of course, these evil goons that make up the Goon Squad known as Tanzania Goonverment couldn't care less if a ballistic missile hit a $400 million aircraft. They are too steeped up in stealing, conniving, deception and whatnot to even bother to admit that its a grave mistake to have some freaking military barracks with WMDs right next to a major airport.
  3. Augustine Moshi

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    I suggest that they keep all bombs and rockets near the State House. That way they would be obliged to look after those toys.
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    Kikwete ni msiri mno na anapenda kufunika mambo yasijulikane kumbe wenzake wanaona
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    Ask General Shimbo; he will tell you that the problem is the airport being too close to an army barracks, not otherwise.
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    Ndjabu Da Dude JF-Expert Member

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    Even a grade school kid could tell you that 2 rabbits in 2 years equals 30,000 rabbits! Which goes to show how seriously flawed the reasoning is of this useless, murderous diminutive piece of shit who's not even attained "general" status (as if it matters at all).
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    Elimu duni pia inachangia huu upumbavu uliotokea Gongo la Mboto
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    Why not MWAMUNYANGE?
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    The Gongolamboto incidence can explain clearly how terrible are our leaders including the president himself. As it happened previously, we should not expect anybody being held accountable for this childish decision of keeping millitary explosives carelessly near the main airport and residential areas. Neither the Defence Minister (Mwinyi) nor CDF (Mwamunyage) will resign and life will go on as usual.
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    Shimbo is the TPDF front man; the camera lover.
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    kipi ni rahisi kuhama? airport au army barracks?
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    Wayahamishe hayo mabomu, wajenge kambi ingine Msoga!!
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    Resigning? No, who will remain? There are blunders every where in this Government. I have come to the conclusion that we are forcing these guys to stay in power-they are actually tired and exhausted. It is us to blame for voting them in every election!
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    Ungekuwa specific mkuu - elimu duni ya nani? Ya viongozi wa Serikali, wazara ya ulinzi, jeshi au ya nani? Na jee ni elimu duni au uzembe wa hali ya juu?
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    Kumhamisha Jinga Kubwa (JK) ikulu.
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    Wakuu tuwe makini na huyu muandishi,ukijaribu kufuatilia makala zake ni mtu wa ku-smear tourism industry ya tanzania na ni mpinga maendeleo.tizama hapo juu kuhusu stieglers gorge,stone town na serengeti.kuhusu dharura ya uwanja wa ndege,watu kutopewa maelezo ya kutosha na usumbufu mwingine sio jambo geni duniani tujikumbushe wakati wa christmas viwanja kadhaa vya ndege ,station za treni huko ulaya zilifungwa na usumbufu uliotokea ni almost similar na huo anaosema.simuelewi kwa nini anaulizia kambi ya kijeshi na yenye mabomu kuwepo karibu na airport?mimi nisiye na ujuzi wa vita naona airport na bandarini ni maeneo muhimu ya kulinda wakati wa vita.
    Mwisho nakubali kuna uzembe uliopelekea milipuko na wahusika wawajibishwe lakini hii isiwe sababu ya WAPUUZI kutoka nchi jirani kuingilia mambo yetu.
    Stupid Wolfgang!!
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    Huyu jamaa sidhani kama alifanya uchunguzi hiyo kambi iliyolipuka si Mbagala bali ni Gongo la Mboto! na mbona inaonekana kama muhusika yuko so emotional with temper flaring? btw sioni a direct link ya Tourism activities na devastating effects kutokana na mlipuko huo ulisababisha airport ya Dar kufungwa kwa masaa kadhaa! Huku tuna airports za Zanzibar na Kilimanjaro zikiendelea kutumika ku-serve tourists! Tatizo hapa lipo kwenye watu waliopoteza maisha na waliojeruhiwa, na pia waliopoteza makazi yao! Nathani kuna umuhimu Journalists kujifunza skills za uandishi! naskia huyu jamaa yuko Uganda! na naskia ana interest kwenye tourism na biashara zake ziliwekewa kizingiti Tanzania sasa toka hapo ni smear attacks tu!
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    wote kabisa hadi the fake president
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    Tukubali kukosolewa na kuwa waungwana. Kurusha matusi kwa aliyekukosoa kunaashiria kuwa bado hupendi kukosolewa. Ukweli wa mambo ni kuwa kuna mambo mengi tu ambayo yanavurundwa nchini mwetu.
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