Patriotic Front (PF) cadres have taken over the operations of most bus stations in Lusaka including the Intercity Bus Terminus where they have banished drivers suspected of belonging to the opposition UPND from working in the stations.
Some minibus drivers perceived to be members of the opposition have been ejected from operating at bus stations because of their political affiliation, causing congestion along major roads in the city.
Eight drivers from Lumumba bus station have been unceremoniously evicted and banished from operating at the facility because they campaigned for the UPND in last week’s presidential election.
“We were ordered to leave the station and that we should give them (PF cadres) a list of names of our members so that they also leave the station.It is the same at Kulima Tower and Intercity were the PF have said they do not want to see any UPND working in the stations because we did not support President Edgar Lungu during the January 20 presidential elections,” he said.
The bus drivers said they have been disturbed with the turn of events that some Zambians were being abused and threatened because they were members of the opposition political parties.Known PF cadres from the Lusaka district office are said to have stormed Lumumba station and ordered the police to stay out of their way as they carried out the eviction of opposition members working at the station.
“Balimo ba kapokola pa Lumumba police post but batamba chabe. Babauza ati basangenemo mu nkhani yao (Police at the Lumumba station police post are just watching what is happening because they have been warned not to involve themselves in the matter),” a bus driver said.
He complained that the scourge was spreading with other drivers at Kulima Tower station and the Intercity Bust Terminus where ticket stalls of known UPND operators were uprooted and workers chased.
He has commended President Lungu for intervening by commanding the police to take a position in the matter.
The bus driver said there should be a level of tolerance to one another regardless of one’s political affiliation and regretted the situation being exhibited by the PF cadres.
Last week, UPND members invaded bus stations and markets chasing away PF members when their party candidate in the presidential election Mr Hakainde Hichilema seemed to be leading but later the Electoral Commission of Zambia declared PF president Mr Lungu as winner and new President of Zambia. President Lungu has ordered the police to control the problems of cadres at bus stations and markets to rid the country of political violence.On Wednesday, President Lungu ordered the police to arrest all political party cadres perpetrating violence regardless of their political association, cautioning that violence was not going to take Zambia anywhere.