Tanzania reiterates its desire to add more Bombardiers’ aircrafts
government has reiterated its desire that as from next month it will receive
one more Bombardier Q400 plane and that a further two Bombardier SC300 aircraft
will arrive in 2018. Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Prof
Makame Mbarawa, said this on Thursday this week noting that the government’s procedures
to purchase those jetliners was in progress. The purchase of the CS300
airliners, which are the most economical aircraft on the market in their class,
will make a total of five new planes the government would have purchased in a
period of two years. Only days ago, the first such CS300 was delivered to
global launch customer AirBaltic after Swiss, part of the Lufthansa Group.
Treasury Registrar (TR), Mr Lawrence Mafuru, recently said the government has
so far made a 30 per cent advance payment for three more airplanes, including a
Bombardier SC300 jetliner, and another $10 million advance payment for a
200-seater Boeing plane. The money for the airplanes went to Canada.
September, the government received two Bombardier Q400 planes which have
already started operations in the Tanzanian skies as commercial flights. It is
expected that the delivery of two Bombardiers SC300 planes in 2018 will then
facilitate the resumption of flights to more domestic and regional
destinations. This comes at a time when local rivals Precision Air and Fastjet
in Tanzania remain in loss making territory and coincides with Fastjet
suspending their flights from Dar es Salaam to Entebbe and Nairobi, giving Air
Tanzania unexpected openings to take on such vacated routes with smaller and
more efficient aircraft. The sale of the first ever CS series aircraft to
Africa by Bombardier is a coup of sorts over other manufacturers, in particular
Embraer and will probably help to open the African market for such jets in the
100 – 150 seat market. Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) received the Q400
aircraft from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier following the purchase agreement
signed in August 2016. The aircraft were delivered with a 76-seat configuration
at the price of USD 62m. The purchase is part of ATCL’s plan to expand in Tanzania.
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.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
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.