Chief Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili
Chief Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili

Cabinet has reversed the recently announced increase in fines and fees for traffic offences and services and reverted to the old ones.

Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has told a media briefing in Lusaka today that Cabinet at its 23rd meeting considered the concerns raised by the general public especially bus and taxi operators that the newly introduced fines and fees were too high and were making the operations of their businesses difficult.

Mr. Kambwili has since advised traffic officers to begin charging the old fees.

He says the ministry of Justice will in due course issue a statutory instrument on reverting back to old fines and fees.

Mr. Kambwili adds that Cabinet during the same meeting approved the introduction of reservation schemes for poultry, quarrying, block making and domestic haulage which will ensure that selling of live birds on retail and wholesale markets, poultry production and processing, block making and quarrying investments are reserved for Zambians citizens or be citizen influenced.

He says Cabinet also looked at the report on the inquiry into salaries, salary structures and conditions of the public service meant to harmonize and rationalize salaries and pension reforms.

Mr. Kambwili says cabinet also approved the publication of the customs and excise amendment bill 2015 and subsequent introduction in Parliament during the current sitting.

He explains that the amendment will provide for the removal of customs duty on green houses and rose seedlings and the revision of the customs duty on rates applicable to the importation of motor vehicles and imposition of a surcharge tax on the importation of vehicles older than five years.

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48 COMMENTS

    • Oko..one step forward,two steps backwards. That is Edgar for you. No vision and that the announcement is being made by the guy that told us cabinet had approved Gabon Disaster as name for new stadium makes it even more comical.

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    • Instead of working on reducing food prices, the entire cabinet wastes time working on lawlessness reduction measures. Only law breakers would suffer the penalties. Sad to hear the minister saying these high fines would affect operations of buses and taxis difficult. Wow! They are quick to reverse things they can only speak into law, but those that require action are beyond their sanity.

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  1. ‘Hakainde Hichilema And His Zambian Watchdog (Bitterman And His Dog)’

    When a person is bitten by a dog he or she doesn’t confront the dog demanding to know why they have been bitten. What the victim of the dog bite does is looking for the owner of the dog. It is common in our compounds for such a victim to put a direct question to the owner of the dog as follows; “Imbwa yenu cinshi yansumina?” (Why has your dog bitten me?) Of-course one can argue that such an approach is illogical. But given our way of life and practices it is perfectly in order to challenge the owner of a dog that has bitten somebody demanding some answers. This is because a person who keeps a dog and indeed other animals such as goats, cows etc shoulders responsibility for what his or her animals do.

    Similarly,…

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  2. Unfortunately anything that involves law and order is anti PF. Why encourage breaking the law? Only with these guys. They will do anything now to win sympathy as they have failed the economy.

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  3. The entire 4 years of PF has been of back tracking. they dont make concrete decisions, they dont consult widely, they are always in a hurry but fail to implement. Oh no what a party. Chimbwili Kashimba takwata ne nsoni. ECL worse. How do you instill confidence in your people like this? why should we be like Zimbabweans that wake up to surprises all time. This shows the level of dullness our politicians are.

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  4. ever since the fine were increased, i started wearing seat belt whenever am driving cause i couldn’t afford paying that much. The revision of this fine encourages lawlessness

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  5. So what, these guys can’t even issue an SI in time for the announcement?

    In effect, Lungu’s Cabinent of most esteemed honourable excellencies is telling the police to ignore the existing legal regulation and just do as Kambwili says. Honestly, what hope is there?

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  6. It sounds better. It would have enriched the traffic officers because offenders wouldn’t have been affording the only way out would have been corruption. This is common, especially female copes. I have been a victim twice in Lusaka at the traffic lights. The last one, I ended up dating a female cope to have a shield whenever I found myself in such situation!

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  7. The only way to curb corruption is by reducing the fees to as low as K20 per offence. That way, we will all ask for receipts and government will have records to fall back on when it comes to accountability. Right now instead of paying K270 for a traffic offence, an officer will accept K50 and drop the charge! REDUCE the rates to ridiculous low levels and we will all demand for receipts it’s that simple.

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    • Or instead of paying the cop there and then, give me 7 days in which to pay it at the post office, bank etc directly to govt coffers. Give me a penalty if I do not pay within the stipulated period. That way, the police handle no cash and the govt gets its dues. That’s how it’s done in the civilized world.

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  8. I already said before those fees are hiked the archaic laws must be removed from the police traffic books. I am ALWAYS robbed by your police every time I visit with my foreign registered cars that I have refused to deface with those ghastly stickers, a throwback to when your colonial masters were not making all cars with retro reflectors. It is not just taxi drivers complaining. The system needs a revisit and a change.

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  9. the problem with you is that you cannot see other issues that the govt has address, ……just talking any how or a dog backing in the air

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  10. What a bunch of clueless IDlOTS. This is the problem when Zambia is on autopilot! Everyone thinks he is the Captain! And no-one is actually flying the plane!

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  11. For now can you please pay the civil servants their salaries? You can touch everything but if you start playing with the stomach, the Zambians will have no respect for you. PF has been the worst Party in government since independence. It looks like now all the lies have finished and the only way forward is to turn to prayers. It is not only by faith but works are very important before you start praying. PF has fallen short of this principle .I am very hungry and angry with PF and in particular the President. ECL did not realize that it was not an easy issue to run a country. A country is a bigger home that needs very good planning and focus

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  12. OK this one is good measure in the right direction. I hope we can have access to loans in order for us to move forward and invest in the two sector.

    Mr. Kambwili adds that Cabinet during the same meeting approved the introduction of reservation schemes for poultry, quarrying, block making and domestic haulage which will ensure that selling of live birds on retail and wholesale markets, poultry production and processing, block making and quarrying investments are reserved for Zambians citizens or be citizen influenced.

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  13. This would not have been necessary if this government had first consulted – chimbwi no plan government!

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  14. Serious minded Zambians will take advantage of this..

    Mr. Kambwili adds that Cabinet during the same meeting approved the introduction of reservation schemes for poultry, quarrying, block making and domestic haulage which will ensure that selling of live birds on retail and wholesale markets, poultry production and processing, block making and quarrying investments are reserved for Zambians citizens or be citizen influenced.

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  15. Thanks government. Its a boost to us small peasant farmers. However , growing of tomatoes should also be a preserve of Zambians only. Thanks once more for listening to our cries.

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  16. The listening and doing Gov’t! It Seems the good news is that there has been a reversal and the bad news is that you still have the fines if you err!

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  17. The Great one
    I agree with you. Even the current charges in our economy are exorbitant. Please reduce the fees to as low as K20.00 even these road blocks will die. At that point it will time to question our police what motivated them to mount road blocks all over the when prices where up.

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  18. So according to PF, any Zambian should import a vehicle not more than 5 years after manufacturing; how many of us will afford such cars?

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    • it is for your own safety and security. People have bought finished cars and have lost their money or lives. Think before you comment. Your life is more precious that a 1988 Toyota Carina

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    • @Rigo…..It means you will be driving cars of better quality and the country will not be a dumping ground for those death traps you are presently driving.
      If my memory serves me right, there were prayers for road safety instead of improving the roads and setting stardands on the ages of cars brought into the country.

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  19. Where is Kapeya Musonda. SI to to reverse the SI that reversed that countermanded the SI that established the SI That made ridiculous the police resolve to enforce the SI that … Oh no. No end to the tale of Zambia Comedy Extreme

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  20. A listening government, wish you could first undertake a sampling of views of strategic institutions and individuals before deciding on measures that are bound to be very unpopular and which maybe embarrassing to policymakers.

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  21. Government increased they condemn ,they reduce ,condemning always. You are decompaning yourselves. People knows that you do not mean to take this country forward but backward . The tactics Sata can not work this time.

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  22. Quoting the bible as quoted by the post today from proverbs 27:3, the weight of stones and sand is nothing compared to what stupiidity can cause. End of quote. PF

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  23. Ba Class nga ku lands ministry, from 200 to 500+ , for a medium cost house that’s what u pay when you want a titile deed. Boma yanganenipo

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  24. What do you expect from a person who wear a leather shirt in tropical Africa hot as an oven, its u-turn after u-turn, He is to hot to think together with his PF or Perfect Fools.

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  25. Typical of UPND carders. They complained when the fees were hiked. They are complaining again when the fees are reduced. They even call our leaders names. The truth us it is them that are myopic and failures. That is why they are called under 5. Just like babies cry over anything. Leave govt alone to work.

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  26. The old fines were already too high and were the real source of traffic police corrucorruption because many hapless motorists are not able to pay them. The result was the negotiations for a lower fine which inevitably means money for their pockets.
    The summary traffic fines by police should be scrapped immediately. Fines should be payable at RATSA and road blocks will CEASE IMMEDIATELY.

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