Minister hails F/town-Kazungula rail link

Zambia is watching with keen interest the extension of the Botswana Railway (BR) system from Francistwon towards Kazungula, the border crossing point between the two countries where joint plans to construct a modern road and rail bridge are already at an advanced stage.

Zambian Transport Ministry officials see it as the cue for Zambia to also build a line on its side of the border to connect Livingstone to Kazungula - a 67km stretch - and link up with the Botswana rail system.

There is not only a sense of urgency about it in Lusaka but one of lagging behind as well.  "Right now, Botswana has started construction towards Kazungula," said the Minister Christopher Yaluma on his return from Beijing where he had accompanied President Michael Sata on his seven-day official visit to China. Yaluma had discussions with two leading Chinese railway construction companies and among issues discussed was that link and for landlocked Zambia it would be supremely significant.

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