Zambia Railways has launched the new Zambezi Ordinary Passenger Train that will be traversing between Kitwe and Livingstone twice weekly.
Speaking during the Flagging off ceremony of the Zambezi train, Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge said it is gratifying to note that the train with its state- of- the- art facilities still remains the cheapest and,therefore,most affordable to the common person.
“This is an indication of a caring Government and as you may wish to know, in monetary terms, Passenger Services do not generate profit, therefore, our Government will continue to invest into it because of its determination and commitment to improving the Social Welfare of our people” Mr. Musenge said.
The minister who also inspected the train urged all the travelling publics, not to vandalise the new passenger coaches but to take care of the infrastructure so as to maintain quality of the service, which should remain as an inheritance from generation to generation.
Meanwhile Zambia Railways Board Chairman, Mr. Davies Chama in his speech read by one of the Board members Professor Steven Simukanga said Zambia Railways has continued to record progress from the time government took over the company and subsequent commencement of the rehabilitation programme.
Professor Simukanga said the new coaches for the Zambezi train have been procured with the proceeds from the US$120million Eurobond, an indication that the money injected into the railway firm was utilized appropriately.
The Zambezi Train has facilities such as sleeper compartments, business, standard and economy classes. It also has television sets, music system, bathroom showers, snack coach and air-conditioned coaches.