The Malawi Government has given an order to the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) to move 48 million litres of petroleum products in the next 12 months, starting from July 2016.
The order was communicated at a meeting between TAZARA and a delegation of 11 officials from the Malawi Government headed by the Mrs. Estelle Nuka, Board member of the Malawi Energy Regulation Authority.
Welcoming the delegation in Dar es Salaam on Monday 20 June 2016, Eng. Bruno Ching’andu, TAZARA Managing Director assured the Malawi delegation that with the new leadership, TAZARA had the best management team to compete with any in the world and was fully geared to take the firm to another level.
“Our shareholders have recently appointed me and my deputy, and between us we have vast engineering and business experience. Together with the rest of our Management, we have the best team that can compete with any in the world and are well prepared to handle the cargo you will be bringing to us,” Eng. Ching’andu said.
TAZARA is also in discussion with the Zambian Government and another private firm to begin transporting at least 14 million litres of fuel per month from the Port of Dar es Salaam to Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo within the month of July 2016.
Since joining TAZARA in April 2016, Eng. Ching’andu has instilled discipline in the railway operations, with the firm now registering consistent and shorter transit times in freight trains as well as passenger trains, an impediment that tended to drive clients away in the past.
The new Managing Director has also ordered his Management team to be customer-centric, giving maximum respect to the clients and being responsive to their needs.
CONRAD SIMUCHILE, HEAD PUBLIC RELATIONS