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UPND MP wants number of roadblocks reduced to curb traffic jams

General News UPND MP wants number of roadblocks reduced to curb traffic jams

United Party for National Development (UPND) Kafue Member of Parliament Miriam Chonya has called on Government to bring down the number of roadblocks mounted by the Zambia Police traffic Unit between Lusaka and Kafue to curb traffic jams.

Ms. Chonya has observed that more than three roadblocks mounted between Lusaka and Kafue Districts coupled with the toll gate in Shimabala inconvenience road users especially motorists and commuters.

And Ms. Chonya states that the Frequent User Discount system in which motorists pay up to k200 before they can qualify for a user discount of K10 per day has not given them relief in Kafue and she has since urged Government to revisit the designed system.

“The people of Kafue are cooperative and do support government when it comes to developmental projects. They equally expect government to listen and reciprocate when they cry out. Right now the issue of the tollgates and roadblocks is causing a strain on the people who are going to Lusaka to earn some money that helps to boost our local economy. We hope government looks into these issues urgently” Ms. Chonya said

Ms. Chonya who also donated equipment for physiotherapy and K10, 000 was speaking at a fundraising dinner dance hosted by the newly upgraded Kafue General Hospital last evening officiated by Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe.

Meanwhile, Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe called on Kafue residents familiarise themselves with the Seventh National Development Plan in order to appreciate Government’s to development the District and the nation at large.

And Mwakalombe pledged K10, 000 in his own capacity to support the hospital.

“Familiarise themselves with the Seventh National Development Plan in order to appreciate Government’s to development the District and the nation at large” Mwakalombe said

The other donations and service pledges were made by individuals and the local business houses in Kafue. Well-wishers from Chongwe also donated some five wheelchairs and over k80, 000 was raised during the event.

18 COMMENTS

  1. say something of substance. leave that to taxi and mini bus drivers. who prefer driving unfit n un licensed vehicles

    You are the people that make laws instead you walk out. shut up.

    please graduate from u5 politics

    • just goes to show that you do not drive because if you did; you would support this statement. the police have become like parasites on the road.

  2. Actually that is a sensible statement from the UPND MP, we need to hear more of such statements however as an elected representative of the people of Kafue the same MP should come up with a suggestion or a solution to the rightly perceived problem- there are too many ATM being mounted by these traffic cops- they are taking us Zambians for a ride- the Late Great MCS was against such nonsense sadly these Traffic cops continue to break the law and they too should be arrested! There are protocols involved when it comes to mounting a road block if the traffic officers do not have the authority from their CO or OIC who in turn must have the authority from the provincial Commissioner then those officers are breaking the law and must be reported to ACC or other similar offices.

  3. You can’t just wake up as a Traffic officer and say I want to go and mount a road block without a clearance from your ranking officer who in turn must be given that authority by another senior officer! A road block is a serious matter, some traffic officers mount road blocks without the required safety precautions – no triangles, no proper saftey jackets with reflectors etc because they want to catch motorists by surprise- but what happens if there is an accident as a result of the failure of these traffic cops adhering to the set requirements? Some officers are run down because drivers fail to see them, in other cases cars are hit from behind. Traffic officers should only mount road blocks at set entry points such as council checkpoints and not random roadblocks- ACC should arrest those…

  4. The most stupid road block I come across is the one before Mazabuka? If at all we have Road safety officers in Zambian there should visit this place to be specific,when you coming from Kafue towards Mazabuka,

  5. NOT ONLY IN KAFUE , BUT THE WHOLE COUNTRY, NDOLA IN TOO MUCH EARLY IN THE MORNING THE MOUNT RD BLOCKS, ALSO SPEED TRAPS, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE HIDE AND NOT TO BE AT THE OPEN PLACE, BECAUSE, IF THE DRIVER DRIVING AT 100 THE SPEED TRAP FROM NO WHERE JUST SHOWN HIMSELF OR HERSELF THAT STOP AND FORCE THE DRIVER TO STOP, ITS VERY DANGEROUS. TRAFFIC OFFICER AND SPEND TRAPS ARE GETTING MONEY FOR NOTHING AND WE PAY BOTH tollgates AND THEM AS WELL.

  6. I concur with dandamwanza’s point, why do our traffic officers hide whenever they set speed traps why not be in the open just to be clearly seen by the drivers this will lessen over speeding as the drivers will reduce on speed no sooner they see traffic officers ahead of them.
    Just the same way they reduce speed whenever they see a roadblock ahead of them, as time goes on this will stick in every drivers mind to note the points where over speeding is not allowed, I am saying so because in some areas the signage’s are vandalized by the people or they are obstructed by overgrown bushes on the side of the road hence its is not always the case to know at what speed one is supposed to drive.

  7. Why refer to her as Upnd MP? She’s MP for Kafue representing the people of Kafue regardless of what political party they belong too. It’s like you want to demonize the poor lady.

  8. I agree with Hon.Chonya on this one.Hon.Stephen Kapyongo must remove corrupt traffic police officers from our roads.its very irritating especially here in Lusaka.they are not even found in their offices but ever on streets just causing traffic jams while asking for bribes from drivers-very shocking.it was nice during the time these corrupt officers were removed from our roads!!!PLEASE MR MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS,REMOVE THESE OFFICERS FROM OUR ROADS WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THEM!!!

  9. This a big concern to all of us as Kafue residents it is actually madness to mount three roadblocks and a tollgate in a distance of 40km especially in the morning when people are rushing for work. Because of these conveniences many people now are shifting back to Lusaka and make the capital more congested.

  10. 1300km Windhoek to katima mulilo yet only 3 road blocks. The MP is right. I saw that traffic Jam at a road block just before the toll gate and it was huge. I would have expected the officers there to allow free flow just to ease the traffic but like mad men they stopped every vehicle in turn worsening the Jam. Hon Minister Kampyongo, we dont need road block between cities. Road block at border areas make sense but not within the country. Lets upgrade pls

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