Kasama transporters object to the ban on ferrying travellers on open vans

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File:Police transportation...Female police officers disembark from a lorry after a one hour thirty minutes drive from Lusaka to Mazabuka
File:Police transportation…Female police officers disembark from a lorry after a one hour thirty minutes drive from Lusaka to Mazabuka

Some transporters in Kasama have appealed to government to re-consider its decision to ban trucks from ferrying people from one point to another.

Speaking on behalf of other transporters, Morgan Sampa said the terrain in certain parts of Northern Province is very bad and cannot be accessed by luxury vehicles.

Mr Sampa observed that many people in rural areas depend heavily on trucks and other open vans for transport and will be negatively affected if they are no transporters to service their areas.

He said instead of the police effecting arrests on drivers ferrying people in trucks, government should intensify sensitisation campaigns among motorists in order to enhance road safety on roads.

Mr Sampa also complained that most transporters shun certain areas due to the bad state of the road network leading to such places.

Another transporter, Victor Musonda, said places like Mporokoso, Nsama and Kaputa districts were hard-to-reach areas due to poor state of roads and were only accessible by heavy trucks.

Mr Musonda said it is, therefore, unfair for people living in these areas to be inconvenienced when traveling owing to lack of reliable transport.

He claimed that some mini-buses and cars usually breakdown while trying to access remote areas hence the need to allow trucks in good conditions to service such places.

Recently, Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Panji Kaunda, directed law enforcement agencies in the country to arrest and prosecute drivers found ferrying people in trucks and open vans to prevent road accidents.

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    • BA PANJI MULEIBWELAMO NGAMWAIKALA BWINO ABENA ZAMBIA BABOMFYA MOSTLY AMA TRUCKS IN REMOTE AREAS LIKE MPIKA NABWALYA ROAD,MPIKA CHUNDAPONDE RD,MKUSH MASANSA RD,KABWE LUKANGA RD,KASHIKISHI CHIENGE RD.

      JUST IMPROVE THE ROADS AND THEN TAR THEM NGA MULI BAUME THE LET THE BUSES BE TRANSPORTING PEOPLE.

      MUKALALE NAMUMISHI FYAPUSANA,MULELANGULUKA.

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    • Lets build more roads then, that was Sata’s vision.
      I think this new law is good, PF have my support on this one. You can make seats in the back of the trucks, think ba Sampa, think just this time.
      Above all maintain the vehicles and drive responsibly !!!

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  1. Mr Panji Kaunda, Will the POLICE and PRISONS SERVICE under your ministry also stop transporting their officers and clients (suspects and remandees) in open trucks?

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  2. Double standards! Are the police trucks included in this crackdown? First make better roads. Misplaced priorities always. Stay relevant and place yourself in the circumstances.

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  3. The complaint is genuine.However when PF embarked on road projects,they were laughed at..Are we going to eat roads..so you said.

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  4. That is what you voted for you F00L. We told you that Lungu had nothing to offer but you denied what we advised.

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  5. Bembas fighting a life saving directive , why am I not surprised ? Provide 4 Wheel drive tour like vehicles and all is set. Anyone above fighting this is part of the reason Zambia has been behind for 50 years.

    Viva President Nawakwi.

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  6. @ Hildah: It takes a F00L to understand a fellow F00L. Your regular reference of a F00L to irritate others potrays what you lack as well. What a talent?

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  7. Even LUNGU can never have teeth to bite these Kasama people otherwise his votes are at stake. This is why we say, never allow a certain group of people to dictate what they want , treat every one the same. We know very well that HH is as things stand is a leader for Southern, Western, North Western, Central, but he treats every one the same. Take it or leave it, that is what it is. Since LUNGU came to power, has he ever stepped out to these areas, this is now 3 months down the line. Lungu should show leadership and have those refusing to follow orders be arrested, unless we have a divided Zambia.

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