The Kasama Taxi Drivers Association has welcomed government plans to stop political party cadres from extorting money from traders and drivers in markets and bus stations.

ZANIS reports that Association president, Janny Yambayamba, said the move will help to bring sanity and order in markets and bus stations.

Mr Yambayamba charged that cadres do not have authority to collect levies from marketeers, bus and taxi drivers.

And Mr Yambaymba has commended political party cadres in Kasama district for not interfering with the operations of taxi drivers.

He explained that previously the trend of collecting levy by political cadres was common but this has died over the years due to the good relationship shared between transport operators and political party cadres in the district.

The Association President has however called on commuters and transport operators to report anyone unauthorised person found collecting levy on behalf of the council.

Government recently called for the removal of all political party cadres from markets and bus stations countrywide.

Minister of Local Government, Charles Banda, reiterated that President Lungu’s administration wants sanity restored at bus stations and markets countrywide, by ensuring that the collection of levies is done in a clear and transparent manner through the local authorities.

Dr Banda said the ministry has embarked on a programme of appointing management boards to manage and control markets and bus stations in line with clause 3(1) of the Markets and Bus Stations Act No. 7 of 2007, in order to cure this malaise.

Recently, a renowned Lusaka proprietor of Capital Buses Ishmael Kankara threatened to remove his buses from operating on some routes in the city citing ‘harassment by political party cadres who demanded money for selfish gain.’

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  1. Most bus /taxi drivers and marketeers thought the presences of these money sucking thugs in bus stations and markets was normal or maybe they were just so scared of these cadres,until UPND had to stand up for them and remind them that extortion is crime , now everyone knows their rights.

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  2. Zambians, how do you allow a few imbeciles to hold you at ransom over your hard earned cash? That’s being docile and sleepy! When it comes to public places like markets and bus stations, don’t entertain cadre politics! Flush the criminal elements out! If they become unruly and police can’t do a thing, take the law into your own hands and protect yourselves and your businesses! Kudyelana masuku pamutu is a thing of the past! Say NO to exploitation of man by man! Know your rights!

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    • The PF thugs have the police on their sides……if the police act against the thugs without lungu giving permission , they get sacked……..

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  3. Comment: Thanks to our beloved President for this move taken,we cannot have a country that have thugs more power than the Government itself. I would also love that even on the roads let the same happen,no cadres should be allowed to hijack buses.we are not in Colonial.

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    • There is a place for escape artists, and it’s called a circus, where you can Dare with you life, then thank yourself later for getting out of a self inflicted quagmire, all in name of entertainment.

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  4. Zambia is in a hurry to development and that the current government is trying by all means to make it happened, So far so good that the rains have come it is our time to focus on planting maize at the farms, no wasting time on social media let us work. God has given us land, air, energy, and free rains.

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