Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba has challenged the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), to be self-reliant and reduce its dependence on government for financial support for its operations.
Mr. Mushimba said TAZARA needs to be self-sustaining and start declaring dividends to the Zambian and Tanzanian governments, the two shareholding governments, which have heavily invested in the railway company.
ZANIS reports that he was speaking when he commissioned 12 TAZARA rehabilitated wagons in Kapiri Mposhi.
Mr. Mushimba said government expects TAZARA to take advantage of the recently enacted Statutory Instrument number 7 to move heavy cargo from road to railway to increase its revenue base and enhance its operational capacity and efficiency.
And TAZARA Managing Director Bruno Ching’andu has commended government for passing a law to compel the movement of 30 percent bulk cargo from road to railway.
Mr. Ching’andu said the railway company has recorded improvements in traffic volumes after the enactment of Statutory Instrument number seven (7).
He added that TAZARA has since entered into access agreements with several companies to bring new traffic to the railway company which has improved its revenue base.
Mr. Chin’gandu said that using own generated resources, the railway company has refurbished 315 wagons out of the 400 wagons that it intends to put back on the rail by the end of 2018.