Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe flashing the PF symbol just after President Lungu filled in his nomination at Mulungushi conference center
Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe flashing
the PF symbol just after President Lungu filled in his nomination at
Mulungushi conference center

LUSAKA Central Member of Parliament Margaret Mwanakatwe says there is an urgent need to redesign Kulima Tower bus station to solve problems faced by the travelling public.

Mrs Mwanakatwe, who is Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, said the current congestion at the station and the nearby roads such as ChaChaCha and Freedom Way could be permanently resolved by expanding the station into a two-storey facility.

She said this during her conducted tour of the bus station, which is in the heart of the central business district, on Tuesday.
Mrs Mwanakatwe also inspected drainages on Freedom Way and Chachacha road.

She said the blocked drainage system at the bus station and on ChaChaCha Road and Freedom Way brought business to a standstill whenever there was rain.

“This perennial flooding in the CBD caused by blocked drainage system will be resolved immediately and permanently,” she said.

Mrs Mwanakatwe also toured the closed Civic Centre Clinic which is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

She said she would engage Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya to ensure the renovations are completed on time.

Mrs Mwanakatwe also toured Sikanze police camp which also falls under her constituency, Lusaka Central.

Meanwhile, Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba has said areas such the CBD that includes COMESA, Kulima Tower, Church road opposite Levy Mwanawasa Business Park and the two roundabouts (Kabwe and Kafue) all get flooded because of indiscriminate dumping of littre in the catch pits for the underground drains.

Mr Kalumba said the Lusaka City Council had engaged the Road Development Agency (RDA) to ensure the contractor working on the Lusaka 400 (L400) roads moved on site to work on the side drains on the newly paved roads which had resulted into floods.

He said the CBD gets flooded every time it rains and that the council has found a lasting solution to address the problem.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Zambian Politicians just yap and yap with action. How many times are you going to redesign the same constructed facility…? We have enough Land in Zambia, Lusaka itself has enough that can carter for a new Bus station.

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  2. Galu iyi why don’t she build it since she stole loans and never pay back. The cheek of her

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  3. SOMETIMES I GET SHOCKED BY THE COMMENTS THAT COME FROM OUR WELL TRAVELED MINISTERS AND OTHER PUBLIC DECISION-MAKERS. MADAM MINISTER- WHAT IS NEEDED IS THE GRZ TO FORMULATE A PUBLIC COMMUTTER TRANSPORT STANDARDS BODY TO WHICH WILL BE FORMULATING PUBLIC TRANSPORT STANDARDS AND LAWS ON HOW TO ORGANISE PUBLIC COMMUTTER TRANSPORT BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND CONTINUOUSLY KEEP UPDATING THESE STANDARDS AS NEW SITUATIONS ARISE. IN SHORT THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD RUN PUBLIC COMMUTTER TRANSPORT ON BEHALF OF THE GRZ- SO TO SAY. WHILE FORMULATING THOSE LAWS (SETS OF RULES), THE GRZ SHOULD BE INTEGRATIVE IN APPROACH.

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  4. …from @7. THIS MEANS THAT, APART FROM THE GRZ THINKING OF THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT ONLY, GRZ SHOULD ALSO BE THINKING OF THE MINISTRIES OF TOURISM, SOCIAL WELFARE, EDUCATION, TO MENTION BUT A FEW. WHEN THINKING OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM THE GRZ SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER IN WHAT FORM COMMUTTER TRANSPORT (BUSES, TRAMS, TRAINSWATER VASSELS, ETC), SHOULD BE TO EVEN ENCOURAGE ANY VISITOR (IN WHATEVER PHYSICAL ABILITY) FROM ABROAD/OVERSEAS AND WITHIN TO VISIT ZAMBIA. THIS IS MORE ABOUT HOW BIG COMMUTTER BUSES SHOULD BE AND HOW STREET FURNITURE (BUS STOPS, ETC) SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AND POSSIBLE DISTANCES BETWEEN BUS STOPS.

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  5. …from @8 HOW THE INSIDE OF BUSES MUST BE CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE FOR WHEELCHAIR COMMUTTERS AND BABY PUSHCHAIRS AS WELL AS SHOPPING RECEPTACLES. WITH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IN THOUGHT, OUR GRZ MUST BE THINKING OF HOW CONVENIENT BUSES SHOULD FOR COMMUTTING SCHOOL-GOING KIDS. BUSES MUST NOT BE STOPPING AT ANY RANDOM PLACE OR GOING BACK AND FORTH. IT IS HIGH TIME BUS CONDUCTORS ARE DONE AWAY WITH TO BE REPLACED BY DAY, WEEEKLY, MONTHLY, QUARTERLY, HALF YEARLY OR ONE YEAR BUS/TRAIN TICKETS WHICH SHOULD BE PURCHASED AT GAZETTED PAY POINTS. BUS CONDUCTORS ARE A NUISANCE- THEY SHOULD BE RE-TRAINED TO DRIVE BUSES.

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  6. [email protected] I HAVE INDIRECTLY DEALT WITH THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL…(whatever), THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM. HOWEVER, LET ME BE DIRECT. ALL LESS ABLE PEOPLE IN ZAMBIA SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRAVEL COMFORTABLY ON OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT. UNFORTUNATELY, ZAMBIA’S CT-commutter transport, OCCURS JUST FOR ABLE BODIED PEOPLE. THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM HAS NO RESPECT OR CONSIDERATION FOR OUR ELDERLY, DISABLED, CHILDREN GUARDIANS, ETC. IT IS HIGH TIME ZAMBIA’S COMMUTTER TRANSPORT WAS DESIGNED FOR HUMAN BEINGS AND NOT PIGS. WE NEED BIGGER AND ROOMIE BUSES FOR CITIES/TOWNS COMMUTTING. THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT IN ZAMBIA IS JUST A NAME. IT DOES NOT PRACTICALLY, EXIST. INCLUDING THE MINISTER, ALL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT STAFFERS JUST GET PAID FOR DOING NOTHING. ONE CAN SPEND EVEN 30 YEARS AWAY ONLY TO COME AND…

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  7. ONE CAN SPEND EVEN 30 YEARS AWAY ONLY TO COME AND NOTICE NO CHANGE IN COMMUTTER SYSTEMS WHEN THEY COME BACK.

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  8. …from @11. THIS MEDIA DOES NOT ALLOW POSTING PICTURE, OTHERWISE I DID GET A COLLECTION OF HIGER BUSES SUITABLE FOR MODERN COMMUT. I CHOSE HIGER (CHINESE MOTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY) BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRESENCE IN ZAMBIA ALREADY AND I HEAR THEY ARE CONSTRUCTING AN ASSEMBLY PLANT IN LUSAKA. THEY CAN BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. CHECK THE LINK TO HIGER (MODERN) COMMUTTER BUSES:
    “http://www.chinabuses.org/product/buses/614.html” OR “http://www.chinabuses.org/product/buses/712.html”

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  9. SO, INSTEAD OF REDESIGNING KULIMA TOWER BUS STATION, THE GRZ SHOULD CONSTRUCT THROUGH PPP, THE BUSES MAINTENANCE GARAGES STRATEGICALLY SITUATED ALONG THE ROUTES OF BUSES WHERE ALL COMMUTER TRANSPORT BUSES ARE MAINTAINED. BUSES MUST NOT BE SEEN AT BUS STOPS OR BUS STATIONS LOADING UNTIL THEY ARE FULL. BUSES SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON THE ROADS PICKING UP COMMUTERS AT BUS STOPS AND STATIONS ON TIME AND DROPPING THEM OFF AT BUS STOPS SITUATED NEAREST TO THEIR DESTINATIONS INCLUDING HOMES AND WORK PLACES. OR ELSE, AT GARAGES FOR MAINTENANCE, BA BWANA MINISTER.

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  10. In what capacity is this unmarketable prostitute speaking, as far as we know she is an illegitimate minister just as her boss.

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