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.

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