Mulobezi residents cry for improved rail transport

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Residents of Mulobezi district are appealing to government quickly rehabilitate the Livingstone-Mulobezi rail line and revive the train.

The residents disclosed this to Western Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba during his tour of the rail line at the weekend.

The rail line is in such a poor state that it takes the Mulobezi train between two and three days to travel from Livingstone to Mulobezi and vice versa, a distance of 168 kilometres.

It moves at an average speed of 15 to 20 kilometres per hour.

The residents complained to Mr. Mwamba that although they were paying only KR34 for a trip between the two towns, it was a big risk to use the train because it sometimes goes off the rail line.

And Mulobezi Train Supervisor Evaristo Muntanga also told Mr. Mwamba about the challenges the rail line was facing.

Mr. Muntanga said he was not happy to work along a rail line which was in a very bad state.

In response, Mr. Mwamba assured the residents of Mulobezi district that government, under the leadership of President Michael Sata, had a vision of rehabilitation the rail line.

Mr. Mwamba said President Sata directed that US$ 125 million from the Euro bond be given to the Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) for rehabilitation of rail lines.

He also explained that government has further considered Mulobezi district in so many projects such as water reticulation and road rehabilitation which is under link-Zambia 8,000 project.