Transport minister Omar Nundu
By KATARE MBASHIRU
The board of Directors of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has suspended five heads of departments pending investigations on various allegations against them.
They are accused of occasioning loss to TAZARA and administrative irregularities that perpetuate protracted animosity between the management and workers.
The decision was reached on Wednesday after the Minister for Transport, Mr Omar Nundu, visited TAZARA headquarters where he convened an emergency meeting with the administration and later addressed workers on measures being taken by the government to solve their problems.
The TAZARA Board Chairman, Engineer Omary Chambo, named those suspended as Engineer Wenceslaus Kamugisha (Chief Mechanical Engineer), Evarest Kasumbai (Marketing Manager), Kondani Mwanza (Traffic Manager), Sala Masiliso (Finance Manager) and Paschal Mulenga (Head of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).
Eng Chambo who is also a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport said his board left the Managing Director, Mr Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika and his deputy Mr Damas Ndumbaro untouched until further notice after consultation with relevant authorities.
The board further directed TAZARA Managing Director within his discretionary powers to suspend two more heads of departments who are also accused of poor management.They are Head of Commercial (Tanzania ) Mr Idd Ali and Senior Freight Services Officer, Mr Manyatta Loning’o.
According to Eng Chambo, the board appointed other seven heads of departments who would act on the departments that were earlier led by the suspended officials.
The appointees include Engineer George Rweyendera (Chief Mechanical Engineer), Mr Edward Laizer (Marketing Manager), Mr Alex Mubili (Traffic Manager), Mr Evance Kamwaya (Finance Manager), Ms Rehema Kahabi (Information and Communication Technology), Hemed Msangi (Head of Commercial) and Mr Harlod Mputa (Senior Freight Services officer).
The appointment was made under section 12(f) (2) of Tanzania-Zambia Act 1965 which gives the board mandate to appoint or suspend officials who acts irresponsibly.However, Eng Chambo said apart from administrative measures taken against the accused officials, plans to prosecute all officials implicated in allegations of misuse of funds were underway.
Earlier, in his remarks, the transport Minister said the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Act 1965 directs the ministers to issue directives to the board of directors, which need to be implemented accordingly.”This decision to suspend the said officials is one of the government’s efforts to ensure that TAZARA operates in accordance to the provisions of the country’s laws.
Speaking shortly after the decision by the government, Tanzania Railway Workers’ Union (TRAWU) Secretary General, Mr Erasto Kihwele commended the move by the government insisting that it would help reshape the administration.
Source Tanzania Daily News