Government loses billions of shillings for lack of surveillance radars
TANZANIA misses out 18bn/-
each year from international airlines using the country’s skyline due to lack
of surveillance radars to guide them, Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Engineer Edwin Ngonyani, revealed on Tuesday this week.“International airlines flying over our skyline are supposed to pay
charges but this is not the case since we do not have the radars,” Eng.
Ngonyani disclosed when officiating at the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) stakeholders’ forum in Dar es Salaam. Adding, “Our
counterparts in Kenya and Uganda are now utilizing the opportunity since they
have capacities to guide airlines in Tanzania’s airborne.” The country requires
four surveillance radars to have full coverage of the airborne but the one
currently operating is obsolete. It is on this backdrop that the government has
placed orders to purchase two radars at a total cost of US $24 million for
installation at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) and Kilimanjaro
International Airport (KIA). “During the current financial year the government
will procure two radars and additional two radars will be acquired in the next
fiscal year which will be fixed at Songwe International Airport in Mbeya and
Mwanza Airport,” Eng. Ngonyani explained. According to the Deputy Minister,
each of the radars will cost US $12 million dollars and are expected to be
delivered in 18 months after the order has been placed. For his part, the
Director General of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), Mr Hamza
Johari, said a task force has been formed to work on procurement of the radars.
“We are still consulting International Civil Aviation Authority Organization
(ICAO) to provide us with specifications for the equipment,” Mr Johari told
reporters on the sidelines of the meeting. The DG said the equipment would
boost revenues as well as efficiency and safety in the aviation industry in the
country. The IATA stakeholders’ forum brings together member airlines from
Africa to discuss and propose solutions to challenges facing the aviation
industry in the continent. The Deputy Minister went on to assure delegates at
the meeting that the government of Tanzania was committed to revive Air
Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) and restoring its membership with IATA.
Privately owned Precision Air is the only member airline of IATA in Tanzania
following suspension of Tanzania in the past on concerns of safety of its fleet
of aircraft. Eng. Ngonyani stressed that the revival of ATCL and eventual
restoration of its membership with IATA was among priorities of the government.
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
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I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.