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Rail vandalism easing—Cear

Central East African Railways (Cear) has said its awareness campaigns to engage communities along its rail network have helped to bring down looting incidents.

So far, Cear says it has not registered any major wheat looting along the Nacala Corridor during the first quarter of this year.

This is in sharp contrast to the same period last year when the operator lost over 150,000 metric tonnes of wheat to looting.

Cear Communications and Corporate Image Manager, Chisomo Mwamadi, has since attributed the success to tight security and increased awareness campaigns targeting the locals.

“We strive for safety operations at all costs, and this is why when we started receiving looting reports last year, we immediately beefed up security. We introduced addit ional armed police officers who are working hand-in-hand with our security personnel to escort wagons.

“In addition, the on-going awareness campaign in schools and communities along the rail line has helped to effect behavioural change,” Mwamadi said.

He then described the reduction in looting as a positive development that will build confidence of customers along the Nacala Corridor.

“We will not relent in making sure that the corridor is safe for business. We will continue to add more security personnel to ensure that there are no thefts of goods in-transit. Let me urge customers to bring their business and they will be assured of safe deliveries of their goods,” he appealed.

In January this year, the company announced that it is targeting to transport 734,640 tonnes of wheat, up from 639,211 tonnes last year.

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