Nacala Logistics has bemoaned increased acts of vandalism on the Limbe-Nkaya section of the railway line, saying it is affecting its operations.
Speaking on Tuesday during the commemoration of the Railway Safety Week at Lirangwe community ground in Blantyre, Nacala Logistics social and community relations manager Towera Ng’ambi said vandalism has forced them to stop the passenger service train.
She said: “We are in the third week since we stopped the train because of the vandalised railway track between Limbe and Nkaya.
“This is a huge loss to the company and the country. Instead of going forward, vandalism derails investments as we have to replace the damaged structures.”
Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Nancy Chaola Mdooko, who was the guest of honour, called on people to refrain from vandalising rail structures.
“It [vandalism] should stop. Let us also stop encroachment and playing along the railway line as these spots are dangerous to human life,” she said.
Group village head Somba promised to intensify awareness campaigns on the importance of the railway to his subjects.
He called on his subjects to stop acts of vandalism.
Earlier in the day, the company and the ministry engaged learners at Mbayani Primary School on railway safety tips.
The Railway Safety Week is being observed under the theme: Zero Compromise, Zero Accidents, Zero Harm.