- Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 01:30
- Written by PIUS RUGONZIBWA
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TANZANIA and Zambia have been urged to work hard to revive operations of their railway line, a symbol of leadership of their first presidents Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda.
Zambian Deputy Minister for Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Mr Panja Kaunda said, shortly after visiting the Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) station in the city that stakeholders in both countries should strive to see it flourishing.
The Deputy Minister arrived on Tuesday for a weeklong tour in the country where among others he is scheduled to attend a Stakeholders’ Summit due for next Saturday in Dar es Salaam. “Tazara currently faces some operational problems but the two countries are obliged to see to it that they are solved and every stakeholder is to contribute to its success,” he said.
Mr Kaunda, the son of the first Zambian President, commended the commitment shown by Tazara workers but challenged them to consult the Act which formed it to solve any arising management conflicts that may jeopardize its operations.
The Tazara Managing Director, Mr Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, said the Saturday summit was a timely event where leaders of the two countries will hear from stakeholders on how better Tazara has to function. He said at least 60 stakeholders from various institutions will attend the Summit and mentioned some of them as Bankers, Port Authorities, and Revenue Authorities.