BantugbroYou are the one who brings politics where it should not, and don't think we are happy with poor performance of those in charge of our institutions but lets be systematic...
How can we start to discuss the issue of BRELA in a Dodoma International Airport thread??
This is what is known as trolling or derailing, like the way you do in so many other threads...hno:
Couple of things:
1. I welcome constructive criticism, debate and dissent, but I wont tolerate mindless abuse and persistent personal attacks or name calling ( on me or any authors, other users or any individual hapa Tanzania SSC ) I always believe that the the key to maintaining decent discussions here on SSC TZ page as an inviting space is to focus on intelligent discussion of topics.
2. I understand that you often feel strongly about issues i raise, but dont ever fool yourself into thinking I will let you have your way with any content that I or others might find extremely offensive or threatening. Please respect other people's views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.
3. We were discussing Dodoma Airport and I mentioned the designs are more like RUKWA Airport and not the Capital of a 50 year old country with 45 million inhabitants. I think Tanzan mentioned something to do with budget cuts and mis managements and more importantly how in efficient DIA is and all I did was show how incompetent other government agencies such as CDA and BRELA are and I even mentioned how how hard it is to set up a business in Tanzania let alone moving the capital to Dodoma and having a decent Airport such as Kenya's JKIA.
My thoughts on the new DODOMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
I think the problem is that our planning system creates these sort of situations due to its inherent short-termism. Nowhere is this more evident than at DIA ( Nyerere )
The regions Mwanza, Dodoma, Arusha etc are constantly fighting this 800 lb. gorilla of a city. And they're doomed from the start. Yes, they do get tourists, but nowhere near the numbers Dar and Zanzibar
The solution should not involve encouraging more people to come to Dar. It's time for a rebalancing of the Tanzania's economy. Right now, all the nation's eggs are in one, Dar-shaped, basket. This isn't inherently Dar's fault; it's a legacy of Tanzania's city and town planning turbulent history. History is where mistakes are made and recorded for others to learn from. We need to learn from it too, and that means we need to rectify some of those errors...
The first step is making Dodoma as the REAL capital city of Tanzania. (Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, but this hasn't harmed Lagos reputation. Similarly, DC may be America's capital city, but it's not an economic powerhouse: NY, LA and Houston do most of the nation's heavy lifting.)
Moving CHADEMA vs CUF vs CCM politics out of Parliament has two effects: firstly, it forces a reinvention of politics in this country, and particularly in the way it's done. Sorry to say this but out Parliament was designed by our colonial masters for the immature, confrontational schoolboy-ish politics we see today. Today, we have three main parties, and umpteen smaller ones. The our Bunge is therefore no longer fit for purpose. We can't knock it down, but we should move the politicians out and get them working together, instead of endlessly bickering with each other over who has the biggest economic policy.
Dodoma is central. It's easily accessed from pretty much anywhere in the Tanzania by road, rail and air. It's cheaper to live in than Dar, which will make politics itself cheaper. It also frees up much of Dar for residential and commercial uses as many support businesses, lobbyists and the like will relocate to be closer to the politicians. This will help reduce the pressure on building new homes in Dar as well as creating a new, inner-city, community in this part of Dar.
(Mwalimu Nyerere always made no secret of his dislike for Magogoni, so that problem's solved too: the our politicians can mive into the present houses built by the NHC in Dodoma, which are smaller, cheaper to maintain and very convenient.
Dar wouldn't lose any of its attractions— Nor would the financial district be likely to move. Wall Street is in New York City, not in Washington D.C., after all, and modern communication technologies make staying in touch with what's happening in Dodoma trivial.
This would help regenerate Dodoma. It would give the entire central region a boost. And, with existing connections to both the central and Dar already available, it should also have an uplift effect on the East and parts of southern Tanzania too.
As Dodoma would now become the political focus for Tanzania, this will relieve some of the pressure on Dar's airports, making it easier to justify closing them down and replacing them with just one (or, for the sake of resiliency, two on opposite sides of the city.....Kisarawe, Rufiji and Bagamoyo), with decent, dedicated, rail and road links. If good rail access to the airport is provided from the City Centre.
But we cant plan with the sort of the model shown above. Whats wrong with thinking BIG and acting BIGGER?