RAIL NET­WORK COL­LAPSED UN­DER MU­GABE

The New Indian Express - - EDITORIAL -

Each morn­ing sleepy trav­ellers walk to the tracks and clam­ber aboard be­fore the train leaves the Cow­dray Park set­tle­ment at 6 am on its 20-km jour­ney into Bu­l­awayo, the coun­try’s sec­ond largest city. The pop­u­lar ser­vice was re­vived in Novem­ber af­ter be­ing sus­pended for 13 years as the rail net­work col­lapsed un­der Robert Mu­gabe, who ruled for nearly four decades un­til be­ing ousted in 2017 At Cow­dray Park, there is no plat­form, and no sta­tion ex­cept for a makeshift ticket of­fice made out of an old car­riage sit­ting in a field. En route, the train stops sev­eral times in the open to pick up more pas­sen­gers and soon af­ter 7 am, pulls into Bu­l­awayo’s grand but di­lap­i­dated sta­tion

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