Govt directs TEMESA to repair all ferries with defects

15Sep 2020
The Guardian
Govt directs TEMESA to repair all ferries with defects

​​​​​​​THE Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications Eng Elius Mwakalinga has instructed Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) to repair all government ferries with defects.

Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications Eng Elius Mwakalinga.

Speaking here when opening TEMESA Workers Council meeting Mwakalinga said many ferries in the country’s various areas are reported with defects but so far TEMESA has not been repairing them in time.

 “You have remained quiet without doing any repairs on them, you must be serious, you are not supposed to be playing with people’s lives, as anything can happen,” he said.

He noted that the Pangani ferry in Tanga Region and the MV Misungwi in Mwanza Region have been reported with defects for some time now, but no step has been taken by TEMESA.

“TEMASA must have its own dry docks instead of using those owned by private people which when you find using them for building ships for other countries, you have to wait until when they are available, while your vessels remain grounded,” he said.

He also directed the agency to ensure they install electronic revenue collecting system to do away with current revenue loss.

“The Kigamboni ferry is among the ferries with huge revenue collection, and had I been in TEMESA, I would have shifted my office there because people even buy complimentary tickets, but if you install the news system you will collects a lot,” he said.

He said the government was in the process of installing electronic revenue collection system at its workshops and all ferries to eradicate embezzlement.

The PS also called on the council’s leadership to ensure it is at the forefront in the war against corruption by some workers.

He said as for now there have been rampant fraud especially in the purchase of spare parts for vehicles and various plants and machinery at inflated prices that have been found to be of poor quality.

He also called on the council to ensure it endeavours to discuss various issues including workers’ complaints some of who claim salary arrears for over six months.

The chairman of TEMESA Workers Council Japhet Maselle said in the Fiscal Year 2019/20 they have embarked on various projects for the construction of berths, purchase of ferries and infrastructures thereof which are at various stages of implementation.

In regard to building new ferries, he said TEMESA has completed the construction of MV Ilemela which has already started operations.

He said in FY 2020/21 they expect to make repairs to MV Musoma, MV Nyerere and MV Kilombero II, adding that the agency was in the process of purchasing five boats that are in various stages of construction.