CEAR Resumes Service
LILONGWE: The Central East African Railways (CEAR) has resumed its daily passenger and cargo services after two months of suspension due to fuel shortage.
Mr. Wilfred Ali, Director of Marketing and Commercial Director told Zodiak Online a cargo service train left Limbe in the morning of Wednesday, March 7, 2012 headed for Nayuchi in Machinga.
“The company resumed its routes after we were convinced with the availability of fuel in the country,” said Mr. Ali.
However, CEAR Marketing and Commercial Director was quick to say the company would most likely suspend local service whenever fuel shortages resurface.
“CEAR is not profit oriented and I cannot estimate how much we have lost but the shortage of fuel in the country still affects our social services,” said Mr. Ali.
It is reported that government is planning to give some companies—that require fuel in bulk — independent fuel importation licenses to reduce the impact on the market.
It is estimated that CEAR uses over 70,000 litres of diesel per week for its passengers and Cargo services. —Zodiak Online