Govt Takes Over Railways

Govt Takes Over Railways

Government has finally announced its compulsory acquisition of the concession rights that were granted to the Railway Systems of Zambia (RSZ) Limited.

Finance Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, made the disclosure when he addressed the nation on the National Broadcaster saying the compulsory acquisition of the concession rights has been necessitated by the consistence of RSZ acting in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the Zambians.

Mr Chikwanda said the compulsory acquisition of the concession rights has been done due to high unacceptable levels of derailments, loss of life and property.

He stated that the decision has been arrived at in accordance with cabinet’s mandate to safeguard the interest of the people of Zambia, adding that to this effect Zambia Railways Limited takes over the operations and management of the railway network which was the subject of the concession Agreement in 2003.

The Finance Minister cited mismanagement of the Zambia Railways infrastructure and the rolling stock which in turn led to the deterioration of the Zambia Railways assets and resultant loss to the country as a whole.

Mr Chikwanda further noted that government observed, among other concerns, that the objectives of the concession had not been met and such as the exorbitant railway transport costs as compared to road transport which had for some time now led to non utilization of rail transportation.

He assured that government remains determined to safeguard the safety and interest in the country%u2019s railway sector and to ensure sustainability for the Zambian people.

The minister explained that government is committed to ensuring that there are sustainable and cost effective measures in place to manage the railway infrastructure.

55 Responses to "Govt Takes Over Railways"

  1. Umwina Nsofu.   September 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Whoever is against this move must be deported to Mars. Tong’s should be the most happiest sinc ethis was their main transport to Southern after buting tonnes of bread and Fanta mukando. Show some appreciation.

  2. kelvinn mambwe   September 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm


  3. Mfumu Kazi Maiwase   September 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    PLEASE ba Sata, remember
    Kapiri Glass;
    Mulungushi Textiles;
    Chipata Bicycle;
    Mununshi Banana;
    Mansa Batteries;
    Mwinilunga Pineapple;
    Mumbwa Cotton Ginnery;
    Kasama Coffee;
    AND also consider;
    Mwaiseni, ZCBC, National Hotels, Dairy PRoduce Board, INDECO, FINDECO, MINDECO, ZIMCO, ZCCM, NAMBOARD etc……………………

  4. TOWNBOY   September 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    This is a good move,our rail system in Zambia is pathetic,when i first came to England,i was shocked when i looked at their train sevices.I know we will never compare their standards to ours but we can improve ours.Technology has advanced inthe last 20yrs our rail system has not moved together with this,we have remained stagnant,there has literally been nothing really if anything the RSZ has taken our rail system still looks ancient.

  5. GMT   October 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Good move!