Government will soon float a tender for the extension of the Chipata-Mchinji Railway line to link TAZARA, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway line.
Deputy Minister of Works and Supply, Colonel Panji Kaunda says that companies have already started showing interest to carry out the works of the railway line, which will pass through Petauke District to Mpika.
Colonel Kaunda told Breeze News that the linking of the railway line to TAZARA will make it viable because currently it can only be used on a small scale.
He dismissed fears, that the railway line might become a white elephant because no activity has taken place since it was commissioned by former President, Rupiah Banda and his Malawian counterpart, Late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Colonel Kaunda says government is also soon expected to start constructing a dry port for the railway line following the approval of the 2013 national budget.
Meanwhile Colonel Kaunda has dismissed media reports that Dr. Kenneth Kaunda has negotiated for him to succeed President, Michael Sata.
Colonel Kaunda wondered how his father can arrange for him to succeed President Sata when he is not part of the PF Party’s inner circle.
And Colonel Kaunda has condemned the internal wrangles among PF cabinet ministers stating that there is need for the ministers to resolve their misunderstandings amicably than using the media.