A Kafue Resident has charged that charging toll fees without offering alternative roads is violation of the Freedom of Movement.
William Chilufya has since appealed to government to provide alternative roads saying putting up toll gates without alternative roads is a violation of the Freedom of Movement enriched in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article number 13 which states that “Everyone has the Right to Freedom of Movement.”
Mr Chilufya said Kafue motorists are now rationalising their entrance into Lusaka as it has become more expensive following the commissioning of Shimabala Toll Gate.
“Who decided that K40 per day is a small amount? You have to think twice before you buy a fruit for your children because of competing demands from toll fees. I imagine what would happen the day someone in an emergency situation without toll gate fee would pass by,” said Mr. Chilufya on behalf of Kafue residents.
“I recognise and commend the National Road Fund Agency’s initiative of coming up with some relief such us the frequent user (K5) amount which you qualify after paying K200 (crossing 10 times) – which is not a small amount. Also the toll gate neighbour relief of K2, which the mainstream Kafue residents will not benefit as they are outside the 10KMs threshold,” he said.
He added, “As a resident of Kafue I feel disconnected from Lusaka as a result of high toll gate fees at Shimabala.”
“It is very clear that the toll gates around the country without alternative roads is a violation of the Freedom of Movement. Placing the toll fees at such amounts on public roads borders on infringing freedom of movement,” he said.
Mr Chilufya said Government should continue to seek alternative means of raising funds to improve public infrastructure saying already people are paying road tax and other charges for using the roads.
“The public has a right to freedom of movement along public roads, and this right can’t be extinguished by high toll fees and lack of alternative roads,” he said.