The accident happened near the Kabwe/ Lusaka railway crossing at about 07:30hrs and blocked traffic flowing in and out of Kabwe. Three wagons completely went off the line and workers only managed to clear the line after about 15:30 hrs.
Last year Zambia Railways was allocated USD 120 million from the Euro bond loan, part of which was meant to be used on infrastructure development in order to speed up the train speed but the money was diverted to pay civil servants after government ran broke.
Company managing director Muyenga Atanga who is also husband to PF deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga has been lying through documentaries that the company is carrying out infrastructure rehabilitation. Only very few genuine companies have been contracted in the railway rehabilitation project, otherwise majority are PF cadres with no engineering background and have been using hoes and shovels to fix the railway line as they lack adequate equipment.
The exact value of the damage incurred is unknown but company sources have told the Watchdog that it is colossal and will reduce business earnings to the company as some customers are likely to withdraw their business.