FROM THE PUBLIC EDITOR'S DESK : Locomotives scam stinks to high heaven, and yet Tanzania’s media is blissfully silent

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FROM THE PUBLIC EDITOR'S DESK : Locomotives scam stinks to high heaven, and yet Tanzania’s media is blissfully silent

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Ndimara Tegambwage is Public Editor with Mwananchi Communications Limited.

In Summary
  • Let us be serious. There is nothing controversial about the locomotive engines. There is nothing like dumping or “deserting” the locomotives at the port. There is nothing to buy as there is nothing to sell in the form of 11 locos at the port – all painted in the colours of Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL).

By Ndimara Tegambwage ntegambwage@tz.nationmedia.com
It is hard to believe – and that is if one has understood the message – what the media reported widely last Saturday on the government’s intention to “buy” the so called abandoned 11 locomotive engines at the port of Dar es Salaam.

Let us be serious. There is nothing controversial about the locomotive engines. There is nothing like dumping or “deserting” the locomotives at the port. There is nothing to buy as there is nothing to sell in the form of 11 locos at the port – all painted in the colours of Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL).

If there was any controversy, it would be between the manufacturer and the buyer, and areas of disagreement would be known to the world. If there was “dumping”, authorities would have cleared the “unwanted” load which has hitherto been securely guarded; and not seen to be posing any security risk.

If there was any “abandonment” of the locomotives, the authorities would have made efforts to get owners to collect their engines; or in the absence of owner, have them dismantled and scrap material used for other purposes, or sold to whomever would find use of the same.

Let us be honest. There is not a single, generous manufacturer in the United States, South Africa or anywhere in the world, who would sit down, think and decide that TRL needs the engines; manufacture them, decorate them with the national company’s colours and ship them to Tanzania.

There is not a single manufacturer who would put money into a project of this magnitude without working on specifications answering to the standards of a company whose colours shine bright on the locos; and at the end “abandon” the products at Dar es Salaam.

If anything, the property is meant for TRL and Dar es Salaam is not a pretended destination. But someone somewhere is trying to hide one thing: details on the modality that led to the contract that gave “birth” to the engines.

Going by this reasoning, no person or company has damped, abandoned, relinquished – or simply put it this way – given up absolutely, the locos at the harbour.

Therefore, there is no controversy about the products. There is no known controversy among these three: the official who made an order and signed the contract; the company that signed the contract and agreed to deliver and the manufacturer or assembler of the locos.

In the absence of abandonment and controversy, I load it all on media. It has failed or refused or feared to collect all the pieces about this “love in the bush affair,” and come up with award-winning stories.

It is the silence; call it rudely – the absence of media – that has contributed to the on-going drama by the minister for transport and communications; that of planning to “buy” locos “abandoned” at the port.

While in the know that there exists a US-based company called Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) which signed a contract in 2013; that EMD sub-contracted the job to a South African company called DCD Group (Pty); and that dates for delivery were made public; there was no reason for media to fear to follow up an award winning story.

Given that there was an official statement by the TRL director general at that time, Mr Kipallo Kisamfu, to the effect that Sh70.9 billion had been paid to the contractor; there was no need for accommodating lethargic talk about the owner of the locomotives.

It is on record that President John Magufuli hinted on something closer to a discrepancy in clearing the locos without knowing who the owner was; and ordered security organs to investigate. Unfortunately these organs do not report to thenmedia or the public.

What we have now is a situation where facts, figures and evidence show that the government wants to buy a product it had bought already. And the media is silent (silenced?). Who will get us out of this quagmire?
 

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Yangekua magari ningewaza watu wasiojulikana but unfortunately bidhaa za reli mwenye kuhodhi ni TRL then hawajui nani kaleta
Ndo ivo tena mporipori kapewa rungu disko
 
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BAK

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Ni jambo la kushangaza sana Mkuu. TRL wamelipa 71 billioni tangu 2013 halafu hii Serikali iliyojaa mafisadi wanadai havina mwenyewe na kuunda kamati fake ya watu 11 eti kuchunguza wakati hakuna cha kuchunguza na kama ni vizima wavinunue! Utanunuaje kitu kwa kukilipia mara mbili? Na huyo atakayelipwa mara ya pili ni nani wakati 71 billion zilishalipwa tangu 2013!?

Mungu mbariki Tegambagwe , hii hata vipofu wameona , hivi hawa viongozi wanatuona mabwege kiasi hiki !

Nakulilia Tanzania .
 

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quagmire...
i see some lumumba in him
"buying what is already bought"
the drama king,prezidente
 
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Hili lingeweza kimya kimya, ila rais a;ishaliongelea ndo maana linawapa wakati mgumu. Pamoja na uhitaji wa nchi kwenye vichwa hivo stilll mchakato huu unaonyesha mwenye mali ananguvu zaidi ya hasira za JPM
 

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Investigative journalism habari kama hizi ndio zinasaidia kuibua madudu well done Ndimara Tegambwage
FROM THE PUBLIC EDITOR'S DESK : Locomotives scam stinks to high heaven, and yet Tanzania’s media is blissfully silent

NDIMARA+TEGAMBWAGE.jpg

Ndimara Tegambwage is Public Editor with Mwananchi Communications Limited.

In Summary
  • Let us be serious. There is nothing controversial about the locomotive engines. There is nothing like dumping or “deserting” the locomotives at the port. There is nothing to buy as there is nothing to sell in the form of 11 locos at the port – all painted in the colours of Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL).

By Ndimara Tegambwage ntegambwage@tz.nationmedia.com
It is hard to believe – and that is if one has understood the message – what the media reported widely last Saturday on the government’s intention to “buy” the so called abandoned 11 locomotive engines at the port of Dar es Salaam.

Let us be serious. There is nothing controversial about the locomotive engines. There is nothing like dumping or “deserting” the locomotives at the port. There is nothing to buy as there is nothing to sell in the form of 11 locos at the port – all painted in the colours of Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL).

If there was any controversy, it would be between the manufacturer and the buyer, and areas of disagreement would be known to the world. If there was “dumping”, authorities would have cleared the “unwanted” load which has hitherto been securely guarded; and not seen to be posing any security risk.

If there was any “abandonment” of the locomotives, the authorities would have made efforts to get owners to collect their engines; or in the absence of owner, have them dismantled and scrap material used for other purposes, or sold to whomever would find use of the same.

Let us be honest. There is not a single, generous manufacturer in the United States, South Africa or anywhere in the world, who would sit down, think and decide that TRL needs the engines; manufacture them, decorate them with the national company’s colours and ship them to Tanzania.

There is not a single manufacturer who would put money into a project of this magnitude without working on specifications answering to the standards of a company whose colours shine bright on the locos; and at the end “abandon” the products at Dar es Salaam.

If anything, the property is meant for TRL and Dar es Salaam is not a pretended destination. But someone somewhere is trying to hide one thing: details on the modality that led to the contract that gave “birth” to the engines.

Going by this reasoning, no person or company has damped, abandoned, relinquished – or simply put it this way – given up absolutely, the locos at the harbour.

Therefore, there is no controversy about the products. There is no known controversy among these three: the official who made an order and signed the contract; the company that signed the contract and agreed to deliver and the manufacturer or assembler of the locos.

In the absence of abandonment and controversy, I load it all on media. It has failed or refused or feared to collect all the pieces about this “love in the bush affair,” and come up with award-winning stories.

It is the silence; call it rudely – the absence of media – that has contributed to the on-going drama by the minister for transport and communications; that of planning to “buy” locos “abandoned” at the port.

While in the know that there exists a US-based company called Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) which signed a contract in 2013; that EMD sub-contracted the job to a South African company called DCD Group (Pty); and that dates for delivery were made public; there was no reason for media to fear to follow up an award winning story.

Given that there was an official statement by the TRL director general at that time, Mr Kipallo Kisamfu, to the effect that Sh70.9 billion had been paid to the contractor; there was no need for accommodating lethargic talk about the owner of the locomotives.

It is on record that President John Magufuli hinted on something closer to a discrepancy in clearing the locos without knowing who the owner was; and ordered security organs to investigate. Unfortunately these organs do not report to thenmedia or the public.

What we have now is a situation where facts, figures and evidence show that the government wants to buy a product it had bought already. And the media is silent (silenced?). Who will get us out of this quagmire?
 

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What we have now is a situation where facts, figures and evidence show that the government wants to buy a product it had bought already. And the media is silent (silenced?). Who will get us out of this quagmire?
Ufisadi unaopiganwa ni wa double standard. All what we hear about war on corruption are just mere 'Rhetorics'.
 

BAK

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Chezeya chama cha wahuni na mafisadi Mkuu! Hawana woga wala aibu! Kutaka kulipa malipo kwa mara ya pili tena kwa watu wasiojulikana!

Is only in Tanzania where you can pay for the commodity which have been paid!!!.Huu ni uwezo mdogo wa kufikiria itakuwaje ununue mali isokuwa na mwenyewe!!!?????:mad:
 

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Hapa wale Lumumba wetapia mlo siwaoni kukimbilia kutetea,
Ngoja niendelee kusubiri
 

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Ndio maana kamwe simkubali bwana fulani anaejidai eti anachukia rushwa na ana uchungu na nchi hii.

Bwana huyu ni wale wale hana tofauti na wenzake bali amechificha kwenye kwapa la kutoa wengine kafara ili yeye aonekane mzalendo.

Kamwe katika maisha yangu sitokuja kumkubali huyu mtu na wote wanaomshabikia kwangu nawaona ni watu irresponsible kwa nchi yao na zaidi ni watu wenye IQ ndogo.

Mtu mzalendo kamwe hawezi kuichukia rushwa kwa kuangali rushwa hiyo imetendwa na nani.Huu ni uongo na unafiki wa kiwango cha juu sana!

Hata maandika matakatifu yanatuonya tusiwe "vuguvugu".

Tatizo Bongo imejaa mabashite kupita kiasi!
 

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