All Cargo trains stop moving due to fuel shortages

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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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55 Responses to All Cargo trains stop moving due to fuel shortages

  1. Same Winter season and his PF managed to create the post for Mad personnel at ZRA as Director of investigations who happens to be ignorant in Managementof ZRA . Ask the entire Unity will tell you.I only hope it was not part of the compesation after he bet up one of the Women at the office. Women stand up for GBV and sort out that Animal.

    Manginde-Lusaka - December 16, 2012
    11:43

  2. SATA IS CHIMBWI NO PLAN,THE REAL CHIMBWI IS SATA IN AFRICA.

    ABA BACHIMBWI AWE WAPI,AKALANGO TAMUPO,MESHI YENKA.

    katwishi - December 16, 2012
    08:14

  3. When the jobs are done by experts it looks so simple.Mr sata thought raning a country was so simple trhat he would just wake up and everything will work accordingly.Awe sure tinazigong’a balitwebele,swata cnt govern a country unless he is under some1.Ati i will rule this country under the ten commandments kwise….

    Ndutu - December 16, 2012
    07:48

  4. For those who know AKA, he is a very lazy and incompetent intellectual. He has only survived being axed from TAZARA because he is one of Mmembe’s close friends.

    katongo nsambe - December 15, 2012
    21:51

    • Liar. Do not mislead people because of Aka’s gentle talk, he is a humble man and do not accuse him. I personaly know Aka, so do not yapp.
      Aka might even be the most educated man in Zambia if not the best.
      Its only that people like you judge people according to their outward appearance, prejudice.
      Atleat Aka is better than you liar.

      Kay Love - December 16, 2012
      03:55

    • Katongo nsambe, i guess you dont know Aka well or at all. Why do you think he was spared from the staff harvesting PF did as their first duty in office despite him offering to resign? He was kept to be embarrassed. TAZARA has to be starved of resources so that it fails in order to prove a point that he is not competent. When you say he is lazy, i agree. He is lazy at stealing public resources, not lazy at working.

      Dr. Savimbi - December 16, 2012
      15:39

  5. What baffles me most is that the president has no intention of addressing the nation (press conference)to explain all these serious problems which are mounting on a daily basis.
    He is only specialising in swearing-in ceremonies and multiplication of ‘districts’. Are we witnessing the country crumbling?

    Distant Drums - December 15, 2012
    19:00

  6. Enjoy the ride zambians! U chose your destiny on 20th sept 2011.

    Evaristo Hanjalika - December 15, 2012
    13:08

  7. Ukwa mudala chi chite chite chi economy. They deliberately voted for you

    Bokoseni Mwale - December 15, 2012
    12:18

  8. This is Palibe Fuel (PF) at work. Ukwa (sata) and Ebu (kabimba) busy receiving disgruntled MMD MPs instead of concentrating on real issues affecting the country. we have never heard of this kind of a thing since inception of TAZARA.
    Why is ukwa quiet on the problems surrounding the country? the answer is simple, is because he is ashamed of what he used to talk against others and it is his turn. let him tel the nation why shortage of fuel and maize flour?
    ukwa dont pretend to be quiet we need your answer.

    Kahilu Chelu - December 15, 2012
    12:10

  9. the company had continued to face challenges in meeting operational expenditures, including payments for fuel and salaries since PF CAME TO POWER!!!.

    Mubanga - December 15, 2012
    11:56

  10. Zambian Watchdog its not about fuel shortage its about not having enough cash to buy required operational litres of diesel thats why even employees have been running without salaries for some months,your title is very misleading.

    James Haabazombe - December 15, 2012
    11:46

    • DID YOU EVER PASS ANY COMPREHENSION LESSON AT SCHOOL?

      Mubanga - December 15, 2012
      11:59

      • I should ask you the same

        muzo - December 15, 2012
        13:41

  11. The interesting part is that failures reported by independent news sources like ZWD far outweigh the gains reported pro PF news sources. The resultant movement towards development is therefore negative.

    And where is the funds allocated to revamping the railways sector? I mean, the cash raised from the Eurobond? Please don’t tell me that it has been invested in other areas (lent to commercial banks) while this (CNP) government is still thinking of how to use it and also planning on how to share the interest from the commercial banks.

    Bob - December 15, 2012
    11:27

  12. Aka is the problem. Too much talking and getting a fat pay but action, dismal.

    Floyd Chitalu - December 15, 2012
    10:56

  13. LL JUSTICE MINISTER, G3 DROPOUT AT THE END IS DESTRUCTION

    MWAPE - December 15, 2012
    10:47

  14. My only consolation to be intirely honest is that we won’t have to endure this for much long. If we are true with ourselevs we can admit that president Sata didn’t take care of health in his younger days. Evidently his lifestyle is now catching up with him. All people close to Sata know this, hence the scramble for the top job. I don’t mind PF being in power just as long as a caring president with who puts Zambians first and can tame his ministers and members is elected. Thankfully that person is not winter, nor gbm and will sadly lubinda neither.
    MMD only got redeemed in its last 10 years of rule and hopefully pf after Sata leaves will find a gallant leader.

    The Mason - December 15, 2012
    10:41

    • Sata’s is senile. He said during campaign that he was a superman for all suffering Zambians. Now he’s crying for us sufferers to advise him on how to solve problems which he has multiplied. Meanwhile, he’s just busy secretly collecting bribes from FQM, Trafigura and others, ifwe ninshi tulechula (while we wallow in poverty). Whenever Steve Kapelembe from Solwezi FQM drives to plot 1 we note Ukwa’s corruption. Afuna chabe kudyelapo and retire to a mansion built by our funds. Donchi. Teti.

      Testikos Thole - December 15, 2012
      14:13

  15. Empty tins……..SATA is an empty tin he made alot of noise in opposition.

    kaya - December 15, 2012
    10:29

    • I MISS MR. SATA A LOT. IF I HAD A CHANCE I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM AS A LIFE OPPOSITION LEADER. HE IS MORE VALUABLE AS AN OPPOSITION LEADER. I REALLY MISS THE MAN. WHY DID YOU PEOPLE BETRAY US BY DEPRIVING US OF SUCH A GALLANT PATRIOT LIKE SATA? HE HAS DISAPPEARED IN THIN AIR. OH MY SATA, WHERE ARE YOU?????? PLEASE, COME AND SAVE US FROM THE IMPOSTER

      Dr. Savimbi - December 16, 2012
      15:45

  16. Can someone define “Bitterness”? Fuel shortage = bitterness? Mealie meal price hike = bitterness? Oasis forum = bitterness? Freedom of Assembly = bitterness? Father Bandanyora deportation = bitterness? Zambezi and Chilanga Cement deportations = bitterness? Increased corruption = bitterness? Unemployment = bitterness? Parliamentary by elections = bitterness? Consititution making against wish of people = bitterness?

    Zed P atriot - December 15, 2012
    10:04

  17. When we talk vipuba(fools) ati its bitterness. What bitterness when Skyrocketing Mealie mealie prices, bus fares, army worms,no money in people’s pockets, fuel shortages, worser zesco loadshedding,increased corruption.

    PF has failed, I gave them my vote with the hope of real change but the change av seen is all symptoms Mbanje and mutototo

    Zambia wakeup

    Freelance Politician - December 15, 2012
    09:30

  18. Do we now agree that education is a Pre-requisite for a head of state? Of course not a degree in music from an unknown university, like we heard last year.

    Voice of reason - December 15, 2012
    09:13

  19. The only solution is to storm state house and tell him personaly, our president dosnt what is happening, even if u put it in writen complant he wont manage 2 read he is too old. that is why we want young fresh mind like hh.

    EZRON - December 15, 2012
    09:11

  20. Sata will be squeezed by the international community like a lemon.

    blago - December 15, 2012
    09:03

    • And who do u thk wil drink hs juice?

      Lee Mubanga - December 15, 2012
      09:43

  21. Malibu yakuilombela no complaints just forge aheard especialy CB lsk nd luapula provinces pls dont complain more to come waise than this. the only thing ukwa can do is to theaten all opposition parties make one party state advaise fm his uncle Dr kk c u

    gkchulu - December 15, 2012
    08:49

  22. we have to learn about this leson a had way kk style he cant even mourn hs wif let hm defect to pf njoko yale ikaise

    luwawa - December 15, 2012
    08:47

  23. wait and see. we aid earlier that governing need culculater alas, they said experience. let them show us. i pity mother zambia

    theotherside - December 15, 2012
    08:08

  24. This is really serious, and Akashambatwa as a managing Director is admited that he is facing challenges, that is booshit. My advice to the managing Director is to resign because he has failed. What is shocking is that he does not even mention what he is doing about it, this a shame. Please PF identify the problems and sort the same out.
    Sata is sleeping in state house the opposition is also sleeping

    Johnata Mbwee Banda - December 15, 2012
    08:07

  25. Its crazy indeed.

    Oracle - December 15, 2012
    07:49

  26. Since the recorded histroy of Zambia, and for the first time and probably the last, Zambians decided to vote for a GRADE 3 DROPOUT.

    But Mutototo and dagga deliveries is paid for in cash once delivered at state house.

    At the moment however, what is of uttermost importance to make sure that every single village is turned into a DISTRICT.

    UKWANOMICS AT ITS BEST.

    GOD BLESS ZAMBIA

    SENIOR OBSERVER - December 15, 2012
    07:28

    • Sata is not a grade 3 drop out. Back in his time there were no grades but subs and standards. Sata has never seen the inside of any classroom. Even his children except for 2 daughters from Dr Kaseba.Thats why you hear one of his child is selling dogs, onother one was a clerk at ZESCO in Kitwe, onother one, the late Chilufya Jr(M.H.S.R.I.P) was a right hand boy of late Castro Chiluba, e.t.c. The man has fobia for education or educated people. He HATES any successfull ZAMBIAN. Thats why he’s embraced the likes of Wynter Kabimba, Masumba, Namulambe e.t.c. Who does’t know that Wynter is one of the dullest lawyers Zambia has ever seen? Ask Professor Nkandu Luo and she will tell you how Sata operates.Even Fred Mumembe, the man who coined the word Ukwa, will tell. You’ll see how Clive Chirwa will soon be belittled and dumped. Some of you would collapse to know who Sata’s associates are. This President is from chibuku arrangement I tell you.

      Mufana Wamahafu - December 15, 2012
      08:41

      • But he has more intellect than all of you idiots. He can explain things that you graduates can’t explain in plain common language for a marketeer to understand.

        San Jose - December 15, 2012
        17:25

  27. The opposition is bitter is one responsible for all this misery, as blame game continues.

    Zomela - December 15, 2012
    07:23

    • ARE U NORMAL OR U ARE AN IMBECILE ? WHICH PLANET DO U ORIGINATE FROM AND WHAT BITTERNESS ARE U REFERING TO ? IS BITTERNESS THE ONLY TERM U CAN UNDERSTAND AND ARTICULATE WELL IN UR SIMPLE LANGUAGE ? WHY BLAME THE OPPOSITION WHEN UR OWN HERO HAS FAILED LAMENTABLY TO RUN THE AFFAIRS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WHICH HE TOOK OVER THROUGH BLANTANT LIES ? CHAINAMA IS STILL OPEN FOR U IF U ARE SICK IN THE HEAD BECAUSE U CAN BE PROPERLY ADMITTED THERE FOR MENTAL CURE.

      James Carrington - December 15, 2012
      07:31

      • You misunderstood this comment!

        Bull - December 15, 2012
        08:28

      • he is mocking them u also

        kalukungu - December 15, 2012
        08:34

      • Iwe chi James apologize to Zomela for ur falling to undertstand simple sarcasm. I bet u feel sily huh? Lol

        The Mason - December 15, 2012
        10:46

  28. next time ni ZR ka

    Hot dog (galu yo tentha) - December 15, 2012
    07:21

  29. Mr. Sata we needed you more in opposition NOT in plot ONE

    okey - December 15, 2012
    07:20

  30. Proff Clive Chirwa just go back to uk. Uzafa zina ka¡ its up you. me am just talkiing

    Hot dog (galu yo tentha) - December 15, 2012
    07:18

  31. THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS

    ftj - December 15, 2012
    07:14

  32. This is now a crisis and a burden on our alread bad roads.pf can you explain to the nation before we resort to riots?

    Mr Kiss - December 15, 2012
    06:58

  33. we told you not to vote for pf.for me people from northen province should not complain , their boat is working.watch out for 2016

    chat - December 15, 2012
    06:53

  34. Worse things are yet to happen. I prophesize the country will come to ruins within 2 years and the military will take over together with retired defence personnel to start anew. Many will be killed.

    Advocate - December 15, 2012
    06:51

    • but just what difference will the military bring to this country if they take over with retired pesonnel. please my prophet friend change your prophesy if you can.

      womasuka - December 15, 2012
      07:18

  35. A COUNTRY LED BY A VISIONLESS LEADER, TALKATIVE BUT VERY BLANK IN THE HEAD.

    James Carrington - December 15, 2012
    06:40

  36. Zambia is on for a Crisis.Watch this Space

    * @ *

    hittler - December 15, 2012
    06:38

  37. Because they dont have money to pay for fuel bills.

    HH Never - December 15, 2012
    06:36

  38. Where is Ukwa taking this Country Ladies and Gentlemen?

    No Name - December 15, 2012
    06:08

    • This Ukwa chap is taking us to Abuja because he wants to bewitch the nation. David temple is back again

      Southern watchman - December 15, 2012
      07:21

  39. Am not surprised…We said it before the elections,Sata cannot run a country…Now his government is too busy fighting opposition political parties and too busy fighting within themselves while we have all these problems building up..At this rate,I winder what will become of our beloved country in 5 years time.I love the old man.His funny when he talks and all,but giving a country to run wasn’t such a good idea.

    Mwansa K - December 15, 2012
    06:06

    • Sata will never be Presidential material never in a million years but the foolish one thought otherwise.

      voice of one crying in wilderness - December 15, 2012
      10:55