UTT managers at TPA Tower defend rent amount

26Jan 2018
Finnigan wa Simbeye
The Guardian
UTT managers at TPA Tower defend rent amount

THE between U$14-20 (approx. 31,504/- and 44,994/-) being charged as rent per square metre by UTT Projects and Infrastructure Development to TPA Tower tenants is endorsed by Tanzania Ports Authority landlords and is also competitive in the market.

Communication, Transport and Works Minister, Professor Makame Mbarawa (C) listening to TPA Director General, Deusdedit Kakoko when he visited TPA Tower last week. File photo.

Acting UTT Projects and Infrastructure Development CEO, Euginia Simon said tenants complaining against the price as hiked should go and face the landlord, TPA management. “We have nothing to do, the price that we are charging is what the owner has directed us to demand,” Simon said.

She pointed out that her engineers are at work with tenants who have already submitted their designs hence there is no time to waste as Minister for Communication, Transport and Works Professor Makame Mbarawa’s June 2018 deadline looms.

“We are at work chasing the deadline, I am happy that more tenants are bringing their designs for their office space,” the UTT Projects and Infrastructure Development CEO, noted. She further pointed out that in order to ensure that the Prof Mbarawa’s deadline is met, her office and TPA’s top brass are involved in early morning conference calls daily.

“We have conference calls every morning with TPA to make sure that if there are any issues facing implementation of the exercise, then we immediately resolve them,” Simon noted.

UTT Real Estate Manager for TPA Tower, Sebastian Ivambi argued that the renting price is competitive with prevailing market prices for office space in Dar es Salaam’s central business district.

“I don’t understand on what basis are the pricing complaints based on, in the market now the rate is between U$14-22,” Ivambi argued saying new buildings in the CBD which include Rita Tower, IT Plaza, TRA Samora and Golden Jubilee are all charging in that range.

He noted that while the ground floor has been reserve for banks and other financial institutions which will pay U$20 per square metre or its equivalent in Tanzanian shillings at a Bank of Tanzania prevailing rate, all other floors are being charged U$ 14.

“Local firms will pay an equivalent in shillings while foreign firms will pay outright in dollars,” the TPA Tower Real Estate Manager pointed out. Some tenants of the 35 floors TPA Tower have complained against the price saying because TPA is a state company which has used public money to erect the one stop centre office block, it’s unfair to charge prevailing market prices for office space.

The TPA one stop centre block is meant to accommodate all port community stakeholders including regulatory authorities, private shipping and freight companies and TPA landlords to ease communication and speed up cargo clearance at Dar es Salaam Port.

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