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CEAR Bemoans Encroachers On Rail Lines

Central East African Railways (Cear) has bemoaned the impact of encroachers along the Nkaya-Mchinji railway corridor.

The encroachers are affecting movement of trains and putting lives of people at risk.

Cear social and community relations manager Towera Christina Ng’ambi said this year alone, nine accidents have been recorded along the rail line with five people being killed.

The accidents happened at Mbayani and Chirimba in Blantyre and Mchinji.

“We have decided to start with the sensitization campaigns in Mchinji because encroachment is rampant there,” Said Ng’ambi

Some people have established markets right in the middle of the railway line, while others have built structures within the rail reserve.

Last week, a train delayed for about two hours at Kamwendo Railway Station in Mchinji because people needed to move their wares first to enable the train to pass.

According to Cear, it took the intervention of the police at Kamwendo to move the merchants after disagreements. The development jolted officials from Cear last week to sensitise the residents to the dangers of encroaching onto the rail line.