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Which way for Tazara?

JACK ZIMBA, Lusaka
WHEN it was constructed four decades ago, it was the crown jewel of Africa that epitomised the resilience, friendship and ingenuity of three nations – China, Tanzania and Zambia.
The Tanzania Zambia Railway (TAZARA), which is owned by Tanzania and Zambia on a 50-50 shareholding basis, was built with a Chinese loan in the 1970s.
It connects Zambia to the seaport of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and also provides road and railway inter-connectivity to other parts of southern Africa, and is a vital link for the three regional groupings of SADC, COMESA and the East African Community.
But 43 years down the line, this train has clearly run out of steam, its operations bogged down by a myriad of challenges, including a bad track and locomotives that are constantly breaking down http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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