Livingstone – Victoria Falls Line which was temporarily closed following a theft of 647 Pandrol Clips by unknown people has been opened for normal train operations.
On 16th July, 2020 Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) suspended train operations between Livingstone and Victoria Falls Town on the Zimbabwean side as the track had been rendered risky for train operations.
Zambia Railways Manager – Southern Region Mr. Joel Chilufya has confirmed that running of trains between Zambia and Zimbabwe has resumed.
“. I must mention that this is the first time we have experienced theft of such magnitude on this particular line. It has largely been quite and secure compared to other sections of the main line. We treat theft of vital rail components as sabotage and culprits have to face the full force of the law” said Mr. Chilufya.
Zambia Railways infrastructure is treated as a national asset and is protected by the Amended Railway Act of 1984. Those convicted of rail crimes such as theft of pandrol clips and fish plates are considered saboteurs and face up to 21 years in prison, under the law.
Zambia Railways wishes to make a strong and passionate appeal to members of the public to help protect vital railway infrastructure by reporting suspects to the nearest Zambia Railways offices or any security enforcement wings.
In the meantime, ZRL will continue to engage members of the community spread along the length and breadth of its railway network (that stretches from Mulobezi in Western Province to Chililabombwe on the Copperbelt) through meetings, Public Address announcements, radio programmes and other information dissemination platforms, in order to find a common and lasting solution to rail crimes.
Public Relations Manager
ZAMBIA RAILWAYS LIMITED