THE Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is doing everything possible to revitalize the railway line.
The new Minister for Transport, Works and Communications of the United Republic of Tanzania, Professor Makame Mbarawa, who visited TAZARA recently, assured the workers that the two governments of Tanzania and Zambia were doing everything possible to revitalize the railway.
Prof Mbarawa emphasized that although the idea of TAZARA was conceived by the founding fathers whose legacy ought to be upheld, the responsibility to sustain TAZARA lied with the current generation.
He told the workers that they should consider themselves privileged to work in a company that served the interest of two nations and called on all employees to ensure that the authority’s vision was realized.
Prof Mbarawa encouraged the workers to work as a team and urged them to unite and work for a common goal, which was TAZARA.
“No individual interests should be placed above TAZARA and you must desist from nationality tendencies and uphold the laid down procedures and regulations.
‘‘There must be no national interest but the fostering of the TAZARA vision,” said the minister.
He urged the management to engage in aggressive marketing and position the authority in a competitive manner in order to survive in the free market era.
“Currently there are so many truckers that compete for the same traffic with the railways and unless workable strategies and plans are formulated, TAZARA may not realize reasonable business levels for its sustenance,” said the minister.
He called for the upholding of transparency, ensuring that all the workers were made aware of the achievements and challenges to avoid unnecessary conflicts which often led to work stoppages.
Prof Mbarawa said the exercise of revising the TAZARA Act had commenced and reached an advanced stage.
The minister was visiting TAZARA for the first time, barely a week after being appointed as the new minister responsible for Transport, Works and Communications.
This is according to the statement by TAZARA coordinating head of public relations Samuel Sholobela.