April 2nd, 2015
Community in Balaka’s Nkaya area on wednesday evening detained Central East African Railways Train after it hit twelve cattle to death and injured two.
Balaka police public relations officer Sub inspector Joseph Sauka confirmed that it took police intervention for the community to release the train and the locomotive operator Rodgers Piston, who was manhandled.
Sub inspector Sauka said the train was going to Mwanza from Liwonde.
The locomotive operator stopped the train to check after hitting the cattle.
This was when the community beat him up and ordered the train not to proceed.
Sauka said the police and officers from Central East African Railways rushed to the scene and the train was released after five hours.
Police have meanwhile summoned railways officials and the owner of the cattle Mr Dickson Chimbalanga to discussion that may map the way forward.
The police have also appealed to the general public not to graze animals along the railway line.
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