Transport and Communication Minister Yafya Mukanga cuts the Ribbon to officially launch Road Maintenance Strategy 2015-2024 whilst his Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda looks on
Transport and Communication Minister Yafya Mukanga cuts the Ribbon to officially launch Road Maintenance Strategy 2015-2024 whilst his Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda looks on

Transport, Works, Supply and Communications minister Yamfwa Mukanga says his ministry is scouting for US$34 million in order to revamp the operations of Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA).

Mr Mukanga says the Zambian government through the Ministry of Finance has so far already mobilized US$6 million toward the project.

The minister disclosed that the Council of Ministers involving Tanzania and Zambia have approved that the two countries running the rail transport raises US$34 million each to revive TAZARA .

ZANIS reports that the minister said this in an interview in Lusaka today.

“The Zambian Government is more than read to revive TAZARA. My ministry is scouting for US$34m from the Ministry of Finance and as l am talking to you, we already have got US$6m.

“ I’m just waiting for a comprehensive statement from my colleague Mr. Harrison Mwakyembe in Tanzania on how far his government has gone in sourcing for the moneys,” Mr. Mukanga said.

Mr. Mukanga said part of the negotiations were to ensure that TAZARA further reaches Livingstone from Nakonde town in Muchinga province.

He said he is awaiting a comprehensive statement from the Tanzanian Government on how far it has gone is sourcing for the funds (US$34m).

He declared that the Government would not allow the collapse of TAZARA as that would not help the nation in anyway, but would be detrimental to the development of Zambia.

He said the founding Father of Zambia and one of the founders of the Authority Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, would be delighted to receive the news about the planned reconstruction of TAZARA which the Chinese Government have pledged to help.

Recently, Vice President of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Mr. Zhao Zhongning who visited Zambia surveyed the co-state-owned company constructed in the 1970s and got a documentary and history of TAZARA with the aim of bringing back to life.

On reviving the local Zambia-Railways Limited (ZRL), Mr. Mukanga said government has allocated US$120 million from the Euro-bond loan obtained by government.

The minister said government was concerned about the state of infrastructure of ZRL.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Again? How about the last money you borrowed for the same railway project? Where is it gone to?

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    • #prayforzambia

      Lord let Liato and the others bring back their plunder or strike them

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    • It is embarrassing to note that the our Minister of Transport does not know who is his counterpart in Tanzania. Dr Mwakyembe is no longer Minister for Transport for a couple of months now.

      Another US$ 120 million Euro bond? I though the Euro bond was exhausted, or, has the government contracted another or perhaps it is confused reporting?

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    • JUNGLE LAW IS AT PLAY IN ZAMBIA, THAT’S WHY NO CRIMINAL POLITICIAN HAS EVER BEEN BROUGHT TO BOOK IN OUR LAND. I AM NOW 50 STONES OLD, AND I HAVE NEVER HEARD OR SEEN ANY SINGLE THIEF WHO AFTER LOOTING OUR RESOURCES HAS ENDED UP IN JAIL FOR VIOLATING THE LAWS OF THE LAND. JUDICIARY IS ROTTEN AND CORRUPT IN ZAMBIA. THIEVES HAVE BEEN RULING OUR COUNTRY EVER SINCE. DON’T YOU EVER EXPECT ZAMBIA TO COME OUT OF THESE DOLDRUMS, NOT UNTIL A TONGA MAN IS ACCEPTED AND ALLOWED TO RULE OUR COUNTRY. POOR MAN FEEL IT. ZAMBIANS DON’T LEARN LESSONS. YOU KEEP VOTING FOR CRIMINALS WHO DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT YOUR WELFARE. SHAME.

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    • It’s just for consumption. that is all these people can do- borrow, borrow and borrow for minister’s salaries, the rest for civil servants- filiuko tuleya- the next government and future generations will solve the problems.

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  2. Go and Check professor Clive Chirwa, his management plus the board of directors bank accounts and you shall find that $34 million.

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  3. Craft politicians, getting nkongole to pay back nkongole gotten for campaigns. Borrowing will always be done in the name of projects.

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  4. Sillness at its best this empty tin is willing to spend the selfsame amount on a pointless airline…they are busy wasting moneys on incompetent deputy ministers but can’t find $34m.

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