The Tanzanian Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Sokoine, has ordered an immediate investigation into the pipe-up?
The Tanzanian Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Sokoine, has ordered an immediate investigation into the pipe-up of 57,000 tonnes of cargo, which is threatening to choke Dar-es-Salaam port. Included in this cargo are vital supplies needed in Zambia. The governments of the two countries have agreed on joint action to clear the backlog.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzanian government officials say the main reason for the hold-up at the port has been a slow turn-around of railway linking Tanzania and Zambia. Supplies for Zambia, Burundi, Ruanda and Zaire and mounting up at the port, as well as uncollected goods imported by Tanzanian firms.
Tanzania and Zambia have agreed to lift weight restrictions on trucks travelling on the major road link between Dar-es-Salaam and Zambia. But, in its first weeks, this move scarcely dented the problem. There have been talks about re-opening the Benguela railway across Angola, which was closed by the Angolan Civil war of 1975-76. This would give Zambia another rail link with the coast.
On Tuesday (10 January), Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Sokoine toured the docks with the other ministers, including Transport and Communications Minister Amir Jamal, to see how bad the pile-up had become.
Afterwards, a toughly-worded government statement said action would be taken against any Tanzanian institutions that had helped to create the problem. The statement ordered that the cargo, some 10,000 tonnes intended for Tanzanian destinations, had to be collected within four days. Meanwhile, in the harbour, 13 ships were waiting to offload another 40,000 tonnes of cargo. Ships with another 82,000 tonnes of cargo are also due.