‘Beauty not criterion for ATCL hostesses’

09Nov 2019
Felister Peter
Dodoma
The Guardian
‘Beauty not criterion for ATCL hostesses’

THE government yesterday outlined criteria used to recruit flight attendants working with the state-owned— Air Tanzania Co. Ltd (ATCL) insisting beauty is not a priority.

This was in response to a query by Kigoma South MP Hasna Mwilima (CCM) claimed that most flight attendants with the state owned airline are not naturally beautiful compared to those in other international airlines.

The lawmaker urged the airline to employ qualified air hostess but also consider beauty as one of the criteria.

“Beauty is not one of the criteria we use to recruit flight attendants. We use several other criteria including being Tanzanian aged 18 years and above,” said Atashasta Nditiye, the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication in the National Assembly yesterday.

He was contributing to debate on the Second Five-Year National Development Plan (2016/17 – 2020/21) and national budget estimates for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

 Nditiye said that qualified flight attendants must be fluent in both English and Kiswahili and possess a certificate indicating that she or he completed an airline formal training program for cabin crews.

He said the air hostess should also possess a cabin crew license provided by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). They are also required to be knowledgeable on various international affairs as well as the country’s tourism information.

 “Flight attendants should be respectful, wise and ethically grown. Despite having the relevant certificates, we investigate their conduct to be sure they fit to work for the airline,” he said.

In the basic question, Igalula MP Mussa Ntimizi (CCM) complained about poor communication services for residents of Tura ward especially those in Mwamlela, Mmunyu and Ikongwa villages.

He tasked the government to ensure availability of communication services due to its economic and welfare importance.

Responding, Nditiye said the government is working with the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) to ensure reliable communication services for the villagers. He said a number of projects including construction of communication towers are in the course of being implemented in the area.

He said in July 2019, UCSAF announced a tender for the construction of communication towers in 521 wards across the country. The towers will facilitate communication services in 1,222 villages including the three (Karangasi, Mmunyu and Mwamlela) villages in Tura ward.

Construction work is expected to begin in December 2019, he added.

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