19 January 2014

Zambia: 'Corruption Hampers Chipata-Mchinji Railway Ops'

Vice-President Guy Scott says corruption is affecting the smooth operations of of the Chipata-Mchinji railway line.

Dr Scott said some truck owners were allegedly corruptly obtaining business to shun the railway services.

Speaking when he met the business community and faith-based organisations at Chipata's Protea Hotel last Friday, Dr Scott said he was aware that there were a number of corrupt activities taking place and that truck owners were sabotaging the sector.

"Everything is being sabotaged by the truck owners because of corruption in the railway sector," he said.

Dr Scott also accused the MMD government of rushing to commission the railway line.

He said the Chipata-Mchinji railway needed proper time and planning for it to operate effectively.

Dr Scott said his Government was determined to run the Chipata-Mchinji railway and that things were being put in place to correct the sitaution.

He said the resumption of the Chipata-Mchinji railway would bring economic benefits to Eastern Province and the country at large.

Dr Scott said the MMD regime further allowed plots to be allocated on land where owners had title deeds.

He said the MMD had no regard for the people and that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government was going to do everything possible to correct the anomaly in the allocation of plots.

Dr Scott said he was also aware that Chipata Municipal Council was harbouring people who were connected to crooks.

He cited the controversial Chipata golf course which he said was almost grabbed from the golf trustees.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.