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Tanzania, China in talks over Tazara railway repair

By Catharine James

DAR ES SALAAM – China has promised to fund the Tanzania-Zambia railway [Tazara] that requires major repairs because of its current depilated state.

The new Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Wang Ke, said on Tuesday that her government was ready to fund the railway project that is expected to cost $1.2b.

“It’s a long process and I don’t know when the funds will be disbursed, but we are still negotiating with the government on how the matter will be handled,” the ambassador was quoted by the Citizen newspaper during the joint venture meeting between Tazara and the Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism at the Chinese embassy in Dare salaam.

The Tanzania’s Director of Asia and Australian affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and International Cooperation, Justa Nyange said Zambia and Tanzania had planned to repair the railway line but couldn’t because of lack of funds.

The money is replace the line and also purchase new equipment. After the renovation, according to the deputy managing director of Tazara, Betram Kiswaga, the transit time from Dare salaam to Kapiri Mwisho in Zambia along the Indian Ocean would reduce from 48 hours to 24.

The cargo carrying capacity of the railway would also increase from the current 170,000 tons to 600,000.

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1 comment

rezen Nov 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm

Subject: “Tanzania, China in talks over Tazara railway repair” By Catharine James, Nov 5, 2017

Commentary, 5 Nov 2017
Estimated cost: $1.2 Billion , “because of its current depilated state.” One can’t help wondering whether there was the usual essential routine maintenance on the railway system. It will not be a surprise if such a maintenance was not followed. In fact, “The Tanzania’s Director of Asia and Australian affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and International Cooperation, Justa Nyange said Zambia and Tanzania had planned to repair the railway line but couldn’t because of lack of funds.” In Africa, it is always plan on paper [if at all] and leave it to rot.

In any case, the Government of China is “ready to fund the railway project.” It is not a consolation, as the money will be paid back in so many FORMS, in accordance with the long-range plan of China over Africa. By any stretch of imagination, it is NOT a humanitarian gesture to the UNDERDEVELOPED, POOR, AFRICAN Country. AFRICA will keep on bleeding for each cent of money it receives and much, much more. As the Ambassador of China put it diplomatically, “It’s a long process and I don’t know when the funds will be disbursed, but we are still negotiating with the government on how the matter will be handled,” OH! YES, no doubt, “the matter will be handled” very well.

And so, a good HOPE remains on the horizon that after everything is done, and in full operation, the citizen of Tanzania and Zambia are promised that “the transit time from Dare salaam to Kapiri Mwisho in Zambia along the Indian Ocean would reduce from 48 hours to 24.” Not only that, the “cargo carrying capacity of the railway would also increase from the current 170,000 tons to 600,000”. That forecast is supposed to impress the people — though the wise and silent ordinary citizen knows better, since African governments are not (and never have been) responsible to the PEOPLE of the LAND. THE END

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