Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Zambia Railways Limited Faces Dire Situation, Board Chair Seeks Support for Revitalization

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In a candid assessment of the current state of Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL), the Board Chairperson, Emmanuel Hachipuka, expressed profound disappointment with the company’s condition, citing challenges in equipment, operations, and financial standing.

During a courtesy call on Central Province Permanent Secretary Milner Mwanakampwe, Mr. Hachipuka laid bare the grim reality facing Zambia Railways. He highlighted the urgent need for support from the provincial administration to resurrect the ailing locomotive company. According to him, the current state of affairs is unacceptable, especially considering that Zambia Railways, which once operated trains on a daily basis, can now manage only one train per week.

“It is unacceptable that the Zambia Railways that previously used to run a train on a daily basis can now only run one train in a week,” Mr. Hachipuka expressed, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

Lennox Shimwambwa, the Kabwe District Commissioner, echoed the sentiments of the Board Chair, emphasizing that the revitalization of Zambia Railways would instill hope in the people of Kabwe. The district, historically linked to the railways, has a vested interest in the success and resurgence of the locomotive company.

In response to the concerns raised by the Board Chair, Milner Mwanakampwe challenged the Zambia Railways Limited board to leverage the government’s decision to move bulky goods via rail. He expressed confidence in the potential for the railway sector to play a pivotal role in the transportation of goods, urging the board to seize this opportunity.

Furthermore, Mr. Mwanakampwe assured the board of the full support of the Provincial administration in their efforts to turn around the fortunes of Zambia Railways. The collaboration between the government and the provincial authorities is seen as crucial to overcoming the challenges facing the once-vibrant railway company.

As the board works towards revitalizing Zambia Railways, the hope is that strategic measures and collaborative efforts will lead to a significant improvement in the company’s equipment, operations, and financial stability, thereby restoring its status as a key player in the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

10 COMMENTS

  1. It’s funny that Hachipuka is back at ZRL as Board Chair. He doesn’t have anything to offer. He can’t revive the ailing company when Clive Chirwa who had the necessary credentials failed.

  2. PF WILL TELL YOU ZERO
    IT WAS PROBABLY SPENT ON ENPOWERMENT BY GIVING A SEWING MACHINE, BLANKETS COOKING OIL ETC
    SINCE THE CANADIANS LEFT ITS BEEN IN A DECLINE NEVER TO RECOVER
    CALL IN THE CHINESE IF NEED BE

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  3. More failures under upnd. How did we manage to have more efficient services under pf just 3 years ago. Hh comes in every part of economy failing. I question his academic credentials. A failed economist

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  4. The outright theft of the Eurobond funds should not go unpunished. ZRL received a huge chunk of the Eurobond funds which now hangs around our necks like a necklace of heavy stones. Even the unborn are weighed down with this debt. We need to send those responsible to jail for this murderous mismanagement/wrecking of our country. PF was/is a curse

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    • China can help revitalise this company and the railway line. To make it more efficient, it needs to be upgraded to a dual railway line from kazungula to Solwezi.

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  5. Better the government does something about if they do atleast they will have something to show Zambians failure will be their enemy in 2024

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