Lafarge Cement Company has signed a 3years agreement worthy 28million Malawian kwacha with Central African Railway System (CEARS) to export Clinker from Zambia to Malawi.
Clinker is a raw material used in the production of cement.
CEARS Company civil Engineer Paul Madula confirmed the development to Zambian journalists who undertook a tour of the Chipata/Mchinji railway line in commemorating South Africa Development Committee (SADC) Day in Mchinji on Saturday.
Mr. Madula says his company will be transporting 5600 tones of clinker through the railway line from Chipata to Blantyre for an initial period of three years after which the contract can be extended.
He has explained that this means that the Chipata/Mchinji will be in use and will be transporting the commodity twice a week.
Mr. Madula however explained that the railway company will not be using a passenger train on the railway saying it is expensive to transport passengers because the Malawian government will have to subsidize the company.
He further disclosed that vale electronic company of Brazil under the auspices of vale mining company has acquired 51 percent in the company and this will help revamp the railway line.Mr. madula has complained that vandalism is drawing back the progress of the company however management are determined to ensure that the railway line is working efficiently with the help of the private sector