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NRZ Struggles As $400m Railway Equipment Incompatible With Zim System

Struggling parastatal the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is reported to be failing to use the railway equipment it received under the US$400 million Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) deal. The equipment is incompatible with the Zimbabwe rail system.

NRZ general manager Lewis Mukwada said,

Out of the consignment of 10 locomotives we received, there are some that are in use. We have deployed four of those on the Harare-Bulawayo section. The challenge is that some of them are heavy and they can’t move on some of our sections.

Other sources who spoke to The Zimbabwe Independent said,

The wagons and coaches, some of which were delivered in February, have not been used on any day. The challenge is that their thickness and weight is not compatible with the railway line used in Zimbabwe…South Africa and other countries in the region have upgraded their systems from the 45kgs on a metre specification for their rail equipment to about 54kgs per metre in terms of the weight on their railway… Our railway lines are not made to that specification.

Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Jorum Gumbo denied that there was any incompatibility.

More: The Zimbabwe Independent

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One Comment on “NRZ Struggles As $400m Railway Equipment Incompatible With Zim System

  1. ccome on guys please wake up fromthe sleep that u are in
    first of all who did the procurement process of these wagons was he blind not to know the proc process metrics tobe followed when buying high value goods did he carry the consultancy process before arquiring these wagons
    no please assign the right type of person at his or her compatible post stop politicising these posts…….
    look where we are now we are loosing millions of dollars out of this

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