Dar-Kigali cargo ‘moving faster’

Cargo in transit from Tanzania to Rwanda is now taking three to four days down from almost ten days, following the installation of Weigh-in-Motion (MIN) technology at Vigwaza, in Coast Region.

Minister for East Africa Community (EAC), Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, told the National Assembly here that the technology allows the weighing of a truck while it is in motion.

Dr Mwakyembe said the technology has many advantages in terms of utility and efficiency over the traditional approach of static weighing.

He further said that the government was planning to instal and operate other Weigh in Motion scales at Mikese in Morogoro region, Manyoni in Singida region and at Nyakanazi in Kagera Region.

Mwakyembe said the government is also planning to reduce the number of weighbridges to only three from nine in the 1,267 kilometres Dar es Salaam to Rusumo route on the Tanzania-Rwanda border, being part of the efforts to address high transport and logistics costs.

The move to shelve the number of weigh bridges comes amidst concerns by transporters of too many weighing facilities which delays and increases cargo transport costs to the designated areas.

He was responding to a supplementary question by Martha Mlata (Special Seats - CCM), who had wished to know what was the government doing to reduce congestions and unnecessary delays at weigh-in bridges in the country.

Earlier, Al-Shaymaa Kwegyir (Special Seats - CCM), wanted to know when the government will consider installing modern weigh bridges in the country to reduce congestions.

Responding on behalf of the Minister for Works, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Kebwe Stephen Kebwe, said budget notwithstanding, the government is committed to instal modern weigh-in bridges.

He said already the Multi Deck Weighbridge have been set up in Vigwaza in Coast Region, Horohoro in Tanga Region and Sirari in Mara Region.

The deputy minister said that weighing in motion will help reduce congestions, adding that in 2015/2016 financial year, the government has set aside 9.918bn/- to improve other weigh bridges in the country.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dodoma, Tanzania
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