Taxi Operators parked their vehicles outside the District Commissioner’s Office waiting for a favourable outcome of the meeting called by the district commissioner involving Police Traffic Unit, RATSA, Senior Government Officials and the Taxi Drivers Representatives on their grievances against the Police Traffic Officers.
Taxi Operators parked their vehicles outside the District Commissioner’s Office waiting for a favourable outcome of the meeting called by the district commissioner involving Police Traffic Unit, RATSA, Senior Government Officials and the Taxi Drivers Representatives on their grievances against the Police Traffic Officers.

Taxi drivers in Mansa District stormed government offices to express their grievances on the corruption by the Police Traffic and Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RATSA) Officers.

Braving the morning rains, Taxi drivers in Mansa Town mobilized themselves and drove to Mansa District Commissioner’s office to express their grievances on the increased corruption by the Police Traffic and RATSA Officers on the road.

In a meeting with the District Commissioner, Police Traffic and Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RATSA) Officers, the Taxi Drivers’ youth chairperson Sebastian Silangwa appealed to the government to monitor how the Police Traffic and RATSA officers are operating on the Road.

He said the Law does not state that Taxi drivers are the only target on the road where Government can raise funds as revenue through road traffic offenses.

Silangwa said Taxi drivers are have become irritated by Police Officers who demand money every day on simple traffic offenses.

Meanwhile Mansa District Commissioner Mr. Royd Chakaba called on Taxi operators and drivers to abide by the law.

Mr. Chakaba said government is not a business entity and Officers should not execute their duties with a commercial enterprise mind set.

He said government depends on revenue to develop the country and the funds raised must be in good faith.
Mr. Chakaba appealed to Police Traffic and RATSA senior officers to monitor the junior officers on how they handle the work with the public motorist.

The Mansa District Commissioner urged the Taxi drivers to report any Police Traffic and RATSA officer found wanting in the execution of their duties.

And RATSA senior officer Mr. Timothy Kachepa said his office is open to the public motorists for any complaint that they see as unfair to the public.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. these rtsa, thraffic officials are busy building mansions all over the country through corruption and this govt is just watching.
    is there no other way of charging defaulting motorists than this failed system we have?
    i think this govt should do something over this issue.
    tax drivers do not cherish what they do, its because of lack of jobs and they need to survive…

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    • This govt? No! This has been going on from the UNIP era. It continued with punity in the MMD regime although it slightly reduced during Mwanawasa. It increased again when RB took over. It has not changed in any way since then.

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  2. So it is raining in Mansa and all that mulamba (runoff) is going to the Congo River and not Kafue River or Zambezi River. These boundaries which were arbitrary drawn up by the white man, geographically Luapula should have been part of the Congo DR. No wonder the late Kamuzu Banda went as far as declaring that Malawi extends up to Luangwa River.

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    • @Senior Engneer RTD, we can divide the country based on which way the runoff flows! If you examine well you could see that in fact some parts of the former province of Katanga in DRC should have been part of Zambia,eastern province part of Malawi or vice versa so it is quite a difficult one… we need to live with what we have but learn to manage well our natural resources. For example part of the water at the peak of the rainy season can be channeled from the Chambeshi, Bangweulu or Luapula into the Kafue river to fill up the Itezhi-tezhi reservoir to guarantee good electricity generation.

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  3. Why complaining when you just give them. Some drvers think the best way to easy things is by bribing police officers. Stop giving them they will stop. lets learn to be responsible

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  4. Penalty fees for traffic offences must not be paid direct to police offence but through the bank and a bank deposit slip given to Police officer/RTSA Officer and such moneys must be paid within two weeks of the offence and not right there and then.This will minimise corruption between officers and road users.
    I know that the current government may not like this idea because of the levels of corruption amongst them which saves as an example to all government officials.Hope the next government will copy the idea

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  5. All the taxis seen in the picture are not registered taxis. Thats an offence on its on. Register your taxis first and complain. Operating unregistered taxi is corruption on its on.

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  6. How can they fail to be corrupt? When PF has destroyed everything. The salaries are not meeting all the expenses needed in life. Who can dream of another 5 years in PF! TOTAL SLAVERY BY THE VISION-LESS DICTATOR.

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  7. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A JUDGE/MAGISTRATE IN COURT OF LAW MAKING A JUDGEMENT FOR THE OFFENDER TO PAY DAMAGES AND THE JUDGE OR MAGISTRATE HIMSELF IS COLLECTOR OF THE OFFENDER’S PAYMENTS. TRAFFIC OFFICER SHOULDN’T BE COLLECTING CASH OR ANY FORM OF PAYMENT FROM OFFENDERS. BANKS SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF COLLECTING CASH FROM OFFENDERS ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT. OR ELSE ZOONA CAN DO IT. OR WHAT WE CALL PAYPOINT HERE SHOULD BE CREATED TO COLLECT NOT ONLY TRAFFIC OFFENSES MONEY BUT ELECTRICITY, PHONE BILLS (ESPECIALLY LAND), ETC. OTHER WISE MONEY WILL ALWAYS BE STOLEN BY THOSE OFFICER WRONG EMPOWERED TO COLLECT MONEY. IT’S THE SAME AS AN ARRESTING POLICE OFFICER JUDGING A THIEF OR MURDERER WITHOUT TAKING THE TO COURT FOR PROSECUTION. ZAMBIA IS FUNNY.

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  8. This traffic problem is old in zed and shud come to an end.
    proposals
    -let op or intelligency have a wing to monitor,report,advise who to arrest,fire etc from work.
    -develop a transparent method which traffic offenders can use when paying eg all payments shud be at court (police work is to arrest, court shud receive cash)
    #The so called taxi drivers 90% are not registered hence police and ratsa are right to arrest these.
    Why cant u register yo cars as taxis u prefer being chased by police.
    Solwezi 99% of these cars are not registered , pipo lose phones,handbags,money,etc which are stolen by these guys, so arresting them police shud be supported 100%
    One taxis station is full of uppd cadres u cant leave a phone if lucky u get it then u will be charged to get it. Please arrest them…

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  9. These police and RTSA chaps have mantions.I have never seen corrupt chaps like RTSA.Ask them where the money from fast truck court goes?Ha ha it’s terrible.Iwe zambians are jst thieves mwandi.Everywhere u go it’s corruption.We jst need good computerized systems.

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