Saturday, 12 September 2009

Minister queries status of ship

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Paulina David, Mwanza

The minister for the East African Cooperation, Dr Diodorus Kamala has expressed dissatisfaction with failure by theCommunity (EAC) Research Vessel, RV Jumuiya to achieve its assigned tasks in time.

Dr Kamala said shortly he inspected the research vessel at Mwanza South Port on Thursday that the vessel has so far not recorded any meaningful work, as it had only surveyed Kisumu and Mwanza Ports instead of the entire lake.

RV Jumuia is equipped with a weather station to provide the EAC partner states with latest meteorological information to guide economic activities by about 30 million East Africans residing on Lake Victoria basin.

Dr Kamala said he would take the issue to the forthcoming meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers for deliberations.

The minister appeared surprised on noting that some parts of the research vessel were replaced with others immediately after the vessel arrived in Mwanza city, questioning the whereabouts original parts alleged to be faulty.


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