Zambian Watchdog

All Cargo trains stop moving due to fuel shortages

December 15
05:56 2012

For the first time in Zambia since recorded history, TANZANIA Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) cargo trains have not been moving since last month due to shortage of fuel.

Workers Union of TAZARA acting general secretary Josam Nkhoma confirmed in an interview yesterday that cargo movement had been suspended, leaving only passenger trains operating between Kapiri Mposhi and Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.

He said the company had been failing to raise 150, 000 litres of fuel required to run both the cargo and passenger train services.

“The company is only able to raise about 10,000 litres which is only enough for two locomotives instead of the 150,000 litres needed to cater for all the locomotives.

“Ideally, a transporting company should not run out of fuel but this is not the case with TAZARA,” he said.

TAZARA managing director Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika admitted in a separate interview that the company had continued to face challenges in meeting operational expenditures, including payments for fuel and salaries.

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