The Solwezi Municipal Council has refuted allegations that Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Solwezi have taken over the running of bus stations and are levying transporters.
Solwezi Municipal Council Public Relations Officer, Thandiwe Tembo, said the council is still collecting all levies and issuing receipts to public transporters.
Ms Tembo said the council’s revenue is not affected in any way and the local authority is not aware of any political group colleting levy at the bus station.
She said the council does do not have any arrangement or agreement with PF cadres to be collecting levy at the main bus station.
However, UPND Publicity Secretary, Lackson Kawanda, has accused Patriotic Front cadres of taking over the bus station and illegally collecting levies with the full knowledge of Solwezi Municipal Council.
Mr Kawanda has challenged the council to be courageous and remove the cadres from the station.
But Taxis and Buses Association Spokesperson, Lewis Kamondo, denied that PF cadres had taken over the station and collecting levies meant for the council.
Mr Kamondo, however, said the cadres recently came up with an agreement to be collecting K50 from every big bus that leaves the bus terminus of which the council is well aware of.
Mr Kamondo said the money being collected is put in a bank account and used to assist in times of problems especially funerals.
He said each big bus at the station has what they are calling a bus inspector who is in charge of collecting the K50 every day when the bus is about to leave.
He said the allegations of PF members taking over the bus stations is a smear campaign only intended to tarnish the name of the ruling party.