Malawi Police in conjunction with Vale Logistics organized a joint sensitization campaign for people living along the railway line constructed in the area of T/A Tulonkhondo in Mwanza.
Among other things people in the community were blocking the railway line with stones to steal fuel and other assorted items from the trains.
Present during the sensitization campaign was Member of Parliament for Mwanza Central Davies Katsonga who said sensitization of any community when it comes to issues that deal with development is very important.
“The railway line is very helpful, not only to Mwanza district but also to the country through the taxes that the owners of the rail way line pay to the government. We have t o safe guard the railway line and am glad that the message has reached to people in this community and they will spread word to other communities on the need to take care of the line,” he said.
Katsonga said it is important to safe guard every tambala that comes into Malawi through any route that is used and through that way, Malawi can benefit from this line.
Mwanza Police Station Superintendent Memory Mgemi says the police are working with the community members to combat the problem.
“As the Police, we have partnered with the Vale Logistic Company and our main function is to protect lives and property and this has happened because of the accidents that have been happening along the rail way line,” she said.
She attributed causes of accidents to throwing stones in the rail way line and sometimes crossing the railway line while the train is in motion.