Posted by Denmark Mulambo

Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL), Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) have successfully transported 17,000 metric tonnes of Maize from Vwawa and Makambako in Tanzania to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.

The three railway operators were contracted by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) of Zimbabwe to transport the bagged maize (17,000mt) for a period of three months, although the railways have managed to deliver in two and a half months.

Officiating at the Flag off ceremony of the last maize train on 2nd December, 2019, in Kapiri, Kapiri Mposhi District Peter Mwiinde assured the railways of security of the maize consignment through deliberate measures put up by the Government to ensure safe delivery of the commodity.

In the speech read on his behalf by Kapiri Mposhi District Health Director, Dr Bivan Mulenga, Mr Mwiinde applauded the railway administrations for the success scored in transporting the maize from Tanzania through Zambia to Zimbabwe.

Zambia Railways Limited Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Musonda has called on the business community to partner with the railways in transporting various commodities.

Mr Musonda added that the existing cordial relationship among the railways made it possible for the three countries to collaboratively move the maize consignment without any hurdles.

He thanked all the other key players in the successful transportation of the bagged maize

Meanwhile, TAZARA Managing Director Bruno Ching’andu disclosed that the movement of the bagged maize by rail has potentially removed 531 full truck-loads from the road.

 Eng. Chingandu emphasized that the transportation of maize by rail has further enhanced the lifespan of the roads as well as reduce the potential accidents on the roads.

The TAZARA MD has paid tribute to the Presidents from the three countries for entrusting the railways with the responsibility to transport the sensitive commodity.

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