New UDA investor imports 30 vehicles

Mr Kisena
The Simon Group, a major shareholder of the State-owned Shirika la Usafiri Dar es Salaam (UDA), has imported thirty new articulated buses in a bid to revive the commuter bus services in the city.

For over three decades since the inception of the public utility firm, this is the first time under a new investor it has bought 30 buses at a go to boost commuter transportation in Dar es Salaam.

The buses are presently parked at Tata (T) Limited yard for painting the company’s colours and logo.

today's UDA bus
In interview with reporters in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, the company’s executive chairman, Mr Robert Kisena, said his firm is committed to solve the Dar es Salaam’s commuter transport problem.

Mr Kisena said the public utility firm was not operating smoothly due several unresolved management snags, but they would soon be resolved after his firm takes full control of the company.
“We have followed all required procedures to import the buses,” said Mr Kisena.

Yesteryear's UDA bus (1980s)
He said the new buses would  enable UDA compete favorably with other private transporters in the city.“I urge the government to speed up the process to hand over the firm to a new local investor,” Mr Kisena said.

UDA, whose valuation was done in 2009 by the Dar es Salaam-based Land & Property Consultants, has 120 permanent employees, a fleet of 20 buses, land and buildings, office furniture, equipment and machinery worth billions of shillings.
Source: The Citizen,, reported Mkinga Mkinga
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