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Tanzania Standard Gauge Rail Project To Use Hyundai Electric Trains

Hyundai Rotem, the manufacturing company that is part of South Korea-based Hyundai Group, has won a $296 million contract to supply 80 electric multiple units (EMUs) and 17 electric locomotives to Tanzania.

Thursday, July 08, 2021

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Hyundai has clinched a contract to supply Tanzania’s first electric trains. Photo credit: Courtesy | Hyundai Rotem

What you need to know:

  • The vehicles will be Tanzania’s first electric trains. 

Hyundai Rotem, the manufacturing company that is part of South Korea-based Hyundai Group, has won a $296 million contract to supply 80 electric multiple units (EMUs) and 17 electric locomotives to Tanzania.

According to reports by South Korean news agencies, the trains will be supplied to the Tanzania Railway Corporation.

The vehicles will be Tanzania’s first electric trains, the company said, and will be supplied within three years.

Hyundai Rotem’s electric vehicles will be used on the 546-kilometre-railway running from Dar es Salaam to Makutupora in the Dodoma region, which was recently reconstructed during the first two phases of the Tanzania standard gauge railway project.

The deal with Hyundai follows Tanzania’s plan to modernise its railroads after injecting $6.9 billion into upgrading its old rail system.

Tanzania’s railways were narrower than standard gauges, and trains had to be driven at slow speeds of between 30 to 40 kilometres per hour.

However, the new rails mean that electric locomotives and EMUs supplied by Hyundai Rotem can run at maximum speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour. 

More phases

There are still three more phases left in Tanzania’s SGR project, including modernising the 673-kilometre railway between Makutupora, Tabora, Isaka and Mwanza. To this end, Hyundai Rotem says it will actively bids to supply more trains.

“As our products will be Tanzania’s first electric trains, we will do our best to successfully carry out the contract,” said a spokesperson for Hyundai Rotem. “We will try to obtain additional contracts by supplying high-quality vehicles.”

Source: The Nation

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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse Assassinated

President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence, the country’s interim prime minister said in a statement Wednesday.

First Lady Martine Moïse is hospitalized following the attack late Tuesday, interim Premier Claude Joseph said.

Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had the situation in the Caribbean country under control.

The nation of more than 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse’s rule. Its economic, political and social woes have deepened, with gang violence spiking heavily in the capital of Port-au-Prince, inflation spiraling and food and fuel becoming scarcer at times in a country where 60% of the population makes less than $2 a day. These troubles come as Haiti still tries to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew that struck in 2016.

Moïse, 53, had been ruling by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections, which led to Parliament being dissolved. Opposition leaders have accused him of seeking to increase his power, including approving a decree that limited the powers of a court that audits government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency that answers only to the president.

In recent months, opposition leaders demanded the he step down, arguing that his term legally ended in February 2021. Moïse and supporters maintained that his term began when he took office in early 2017, following a chaotic election that forced the appointment of a provisional president to serve during a year-long gap.

Haiti was scheduled to hold general elections later this year.

Source: AP

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Prof Shivji Says #KatibaMpya Is No Magic Wand, Suggests Citizens Be Involved And Talk About Their Problems And Be Told How The New Constitution Will Help Them.

A debate over the stalled new constitution agenda erupted yesterday between academics and politicians.
The former argued that the new constitution may not be a solution if those who are required to protect and implement it do not fulfil their responsibilities.

Discussing after the distinguished Nyerere Lecture presentation with the theme: ‘Liberating Democracy and Democratic Liberation’ by Prof Emeritus Issa Shivji of the University of Dar es Salaam, some politicians, however, believed that democracy and development should go hand in hand.

Speaking during his presentation, Prof Shivji outlined the relationship between democracy and development where he stressed that both are important but achieving them is a process that needs to be done all the time.

Citing the example of China, the scholar, who has been a lecturer at UDSM for more than 30 years, said while the country (China) set goals for the next 100 years, politicians from African countries, including Tanzania, were seriously focusing on the next election, so they set goals for five years.

However, after his presentation which lasted about an hour, a debate which was full of questions and comments on the topic kicked off and one of those who got a chance to ask questions was the opposition ACT-Wazalendo Party’s Secretary General, Mr Ado Shaibu.
Mr Shaibu said recently there erupted a perception that demand for democracy was delaying development and that demand for development should be given priority first before the new constitution agenda revival.

Recently, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said that public rallies by politicians, as well as the proposed new constitution agenda, will be revived – but only after the economy gets back to pre-Covid-19 growth momentum.

However, Mr Shaibu says “this has led to the decision to suspend democracy and the new constitution agenda to wait for the country’s economy to be strengthened first so that there is a solid foundation, what do you as a scholar think of this? Mr Shaibu asked.

Responding to the argument, Prof Shivji cited the speculation that says, “The new constitution is a remedy to the people’s problems,” saying that it was not always true.

He cited South Africa and Kenya as having the best constitutions in Africa,
“But look at the situation of these countries. Today South Africa is the most unequal country in the world despite having a very good constitution,” said Prof Shivji.

He noted that in recognition of this, during the process of a new constitution in Tanzania, he and his fellow scholars said they would not enter the process until a national debate was held.

“Citizens should be involved and talk about their problems and be told how the new constitution will help them,” he said, adding that “I do not want to say much more than that…”

The two-day Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Professorial Chair festival kicked off yesterday at UDSM main campus, bringing together scholars from all over the continent.

The two-day event will look at Pan-Africanism, national sovereignty, unity and democratic governance: Challenges of consolidating the African Polity.

Source: The Citizen

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Spotify Launches Its Live Audio App and Clubhouse rival, “Spotify Greenroom.”

Spotify on Wednesday officially launched its new audio application, ‘Spotify Greenroom’.

The new app is similar to one of the trending social media application, Clubhouse, which allows users to engage in audio-based discussions and conversations.

According to TechCrunch, Spotify Greenroom, too, enables people to join or host live audio rooms, and optionally turn those conversations into podcasts.

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Tanzania to request to join COVAX vaccine-sharing facility – WHO

NAIROBI, June 17 (Reuters) – Tanzania plans to request to join the COVAX global vaccine-sharing facility, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, the latest sign of the country’s change of tack following the death of its COVID-19 sceptic president in March.

Former President John Magufuli had underplayed the pandemic and expressed scepticism of vaccines, but his successor Samia Suluhu Hassan has sought to gradually bring the country into line with global public standards for tackling COVID-19.

The nation of more than 58 million people is one of just four African countries that have yet to start vaccination campaigns, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We have received information that Tanzania is now formally working to join the COVAX facility,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, told a news conference.

Tanzanian authorities were not immediately reachable for comment.

In another indication of the country’s new approach, its finance minister said last week that the government has asked the International Monetary Fund for a $571 million loan to help it tackle the challenges caused by the pandemic.

Tanzania stopped reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths in May 2020 and despite other policy changes by the new president, has not resumed reporting data.


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