Monday, 21 January 2008

Tanzania, Kenya step up war against vandalism

From The East African

Tanzania and Kenya have stepped up their campaign to protect their respective railroads from vandalism. The networks have become prime targets for metal thieves.

Tanzania has already tightened security along the Moshi-Tanga rail route while police in Kenya are on high alert following cases of vandalism of Rift Valley Railways’ lines in the Rift Valley, Kisumu and Mombasa that serve Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi transit goods.

Tanzania Railways Ltd managing director Narasimhaswami Jayaram said the Tanga route will be maintained by engineers from the firm and experts. In addition, 20 trolleys will be positioned on each section, 30 kilometres apart, for security purposes.

“Theft and vandalism have been reported on the central corridor as well as the Dar - Mwanza rail link,” he said.

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