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From Dar to Mulobezi by rail

JACK ZIMBA, Lusaka
IT IS almost midnight, Friday February 17, and I join a horde of passengers at the Zambia Railways station in Kapiri Mposhi.
The Michael Chilufya Sata Express is late, very late, and some passengers, tired of waiting, sleep on the hard concrete floor.
This train carries mainly poor people who cannot afford the bus fair, and others are business people who trade in goats and other merchandise.
There is no communication from officials from the rail company about the delay, and there is no complaint from the passengers either.
It is 03:30 hours, Saturday 16, when I hear a whistle in the distance.
It is a wake-up call to the sleeping passengers, who hurriedly gather their belongings and stand by the rail line.
The train is finally here. http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/






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