–Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Permanent Secretary Dr. Muyenga Atanga says it is prudent and appropriate for Zambia to seek new ways of re-invigorating the operations of TAZARA.
Dr. Atanga said the operations of TAZARA has over the years dwindled drastically from a peak of 1.2 million metric tonnes to over 1 million passengers moved in the financial year 1986/1987 to less than 34, 000 metric tonnes and around 900, 000 passengers moved in the financial year 2011/2012 respectively.
He has announced that the board has appointed three sub-committees of the board to oversee the day-to-day operations whilst monitoring the performance of the company.
ZANIS reports that the Permanent Secretary said this during a media briefing in Lusaka , today, on the outcome of the recent Board and Council of Ministers meetings held on the February 18 and 20, this year.
He said this has been done to enable close monitoring of troubleshoots, identity and provide immediate solutions to the challenges that management was facing.
He observed that the company has of late been in dire need of re-capitalisation to which the Patriotic Front government will soon be releasing about $32 million dollars for urgent rehabilitation works and working capital requirements.
Dr. Atanga said the commitment by the Zambian government and the United Republic of Tanzania shows the goodwill of the two governments.
He added that the situation is one that called for management of the company to sit up and begin to take full responsibility for the performance of the company.
He said the fresh appointments of the positions of Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director will soon be made following the expiry of the current Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director coming to an end y February 22 and May 2013 respectively.
This was contained in a press statement made available to ZANIS by Tanzania- Zambian Railways Authority head Public Relations Conrad Simuchile in Lusaka today.