Zambia Railways workers in action during the commencement of the truck rehabilitation programme in Livingstone
FILE: Zambia Railways workers in action during the commencement of the
truck rehabilitation programme in Livingstone

Zambia Railways Limited plans to overhaul its railway system on the Copperbelt while new tracks will also be constructed in new mine areas to facilitate the smooth flow of heavy cargo.

Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda says this is for the effective implementation of a Statutory Instrument compelling transporters of heavy cargo to move 30 percent of bulk cargo from road to rail which took effect in February.

Speaking when he addressed the media in Kitwe, Mr. Musonda said most of the railway tracks on the Copperbelt have been vandalised and encroached on.

Mr. Musonda says the company will also demolish all illegal structures built within railway reserves and lines to protect cargo and human life.

He said plans are under way to demolish all illegal structures sitting on railway systems and rehabilitate vandalised inter mine tracks while new ones will also be built to service new mines.

Mr. Musonda further said the company has created six dry ports across the country for the effective transportation and delivery of heavy cargo.

He said all mines on the Copperbelt and North western provinces have been engaged on the SI and the response is good.

He added that the company has also bought new locomotive engines and that some of the heavy bulk cargo expected to be transported by rail include copper, cobalt concentrates, sugar, coal, cement, sulphur and fuel.

Government issued a Statutory Instrument on 26 January to shift 30% of heavy and bulk cargo from road to rail.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Well done Zambia railways. Well done government through minister of Transport hon Brian Mushimba, MP, for awakening the rail sector. It’s all happening under you leadership and the leadership of H. E.ECL

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    • The entire railway network in Zambia can be replaced by a modern and newly built rail line for $15 billion dollars. Oh, wait you borrowed that and are spending $1.7 million per 3-days trip. Right now we are at 56 trips and counting.

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    • What happened to the Euro bond?? We are not a serious lot that is why we seem to take fake steps forward kanshi only to find ourselves back and failing to make significant progress

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  2. So SI for bulk cargo is issued even before the rail network is ready ??? Ati coordinated policy …..and when someone calls you chipantepante you deny

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  3. Do they want to overhaul the railway network system or It’ s another way they want to overhaul the government coffers into their pockets? When and for how long are we going to be cheated by these thieves who steal in broad day light ? They are very good at talking of things which they can’ t do except to plunder the economy. How many vultures are there now in this very crooked railway overhaul system who are waiting for a big chunk of Ncekelako ?

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  4. Please reconstruct the Ndola Luanshya line and the Mufulira Mokambo line.
    All those who participated in the vandalism of these lines to brought to book.NO SACRED COWS

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    • Chishimba Kambwili participated in the vandalizing of the Ndola/Luanshya rail line. It is an open secret in Luanshya.

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  5. Prof. Chriwa had started with the mines cargo but you fooools put spanners in the works, today you are doing exactly what you were laughing at him for this SI and rehabilitation of railway lines…what you dont get about his plans is that it was all based around value addition ie using local products where ever possible from concrete sleepers, steel fittings etc.

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    • Jay Jay, when we tell these boneheaded P.F Cadres that their beloved P.F, & hopeless drunken leader are NOT a Government but a club of thick Leeches, they take us lightly, when in reality the joke is always on them.
      Prof Chirwa came to redeem them, but they saw him as a lost opportunity to plunder, so they sabotaged his plan, & promptly got rid of him.
      Where is the cash that was allocated to this venture?
      No one can explain as the Tambwali -Hyena in plot 1 teaches the philosophy of Ubomba Mwibala.

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  6. Jay Jay, when we tell these boneheaded P.F Cadres that their beloved P.F, & hopeless drunken leader are NOT a Government but a club of thick Leeches, they take us lightly, when in reality the joke is always on them.
    Prof Chirwa came to redeem them, but they saw him as a lost opportunity to plunder, so they sabotaged his plan, & promptly got rid of him.
    Where is the cash that was allocated to this venture?
    No one can explain as the Tambwali -Hyena in plot 1 teaches the philosophy of Ubomba Mwibala.

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  7. No results have been shown for the $120,000 Euro bond. It’s more borrowing, more taxes and more money to be spent for little output.

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  8. Please, for heaven’s sake, overhaul the whole track from Bancroft to Livingstone and electrify it as a matter of national emergency. Cosmetic works and stunts like what you trying to do on the Copperbelt, will just not do. For once, please, please let’s be serious with issues of revamping our country’s railways; which in it’s current state, is a national scandal.

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  9. Please monitor Chishimba Kambwili’s movements. The reason this guy has a bit of money is because stole the railway tracks in Luanshya including copper cables. Now that he is no longer minister, keep an extra eye on him. Ni Chika Bolala! Yet people defend him to a T and the question is why? Well let me answer that for you. People go to Kambwili Estates to beg for money which he dishes out as loans. He is seen as the Messiah who helps the poor and the reason he is popular to a few. In other words, he is dishing out the peoples money he stole to make it look as if he cares for people yet it is their money he stole, he is loaning back to them. Reason we should be careful care with these ministers. Some lack vision and bring problems when it comes to national development.

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