Mozambique state rail and port company gives assurance that railways will remain in operation

20 June 2013

Railway lines in central Mozambique will continue to operate “until the government orders otherwise,” said Alvens Cumbe, director of the Communications department of Mozambican state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).

The company was reacting to an announcement from opposition party Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo) that from Thursday onwards rail and road travel in central Mozambique would be stopped.

Cumbe also said that “we are a company just like other companies and, in terms of public order and safety, we follow the recommendations made by the government,” and added, “so far, we have received no instructions about the Sena railroad.”

Rail traffic in central Mozambique is dominated by coal transport by Brazilian mining company Vale and Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto, which export their products along the Sena railroad to the port of Beira.

So far, Vale and Rio Tinto have yet to make any statement about the events that may lead coal exports from Tete coming to a standstill, as occurred at the beginning of the year due to flooding that destroyed a section of the railway. (macauhub)