Friday, June 14, 2024

Lusambo bans over night stay at Intercity

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Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has warned that no person should spend nights at Intercity Bus Terminus because the station is not a hotel.

Mr Lusambo said he had been receiving people at the office asking for help after being robbed when spending many days and nights there.

Mr Lusambo said the situation has also contributed to high cases of theft and insecurity, in the city.

He said there is need to bring sanity at the bus terminus.

The Lusaka Province Minister was speaking when he conducted an on the spot checks at Intercity Bus Terminus and Kulima Tower Bus Station on Wednesday to check on the preparedness of an outbreak of coronavirus in Lusaka.

Mr Lusambo warned that he would not allow the trend of people spending nights at the bus terminus to continue.

Mr Lusambo said there was need to beef up security at the station as people are being terrorised and their goods stolen which should not be case.

He said the terminus needed to be cleaned up by clearing out people with criminal minds to ensure it was safe for travelers.

Mr Lusambo said only people with bus tickets and those doing business would be allowed in the station during the night.

“Only people with tickets and those doing business will be allowed and no person would be allowed to spend nights as it was not a hotel, but a bus station,” said Mr Lusambo.

Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo talks to an official from Intercity Bus Terminus during the on the spot check.
Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo talks to an official from the Provincial Health Department at Intercity Bus Terminus

20 COMMENTS

  1. The woman sitting opposite Lusambo has a stance like she isn’t going to be intimidated by Lusambo(who appears to be putting on an intimidating posture). I think Lusambo should look into the reason people sleep at the station ..solve the source of the problem not the symptoms.

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  2. Be careful before you create another problem. You have to find out why people sleep at the Station. Even here in America people sleep at the bus station.
    You have to work with a line Ministry to create a shelter for homeless people instead of just throwing them in the streets. They will start sleeping in the streets where you don’t have toilets creating another problem again.

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  3. “M.M.D Diehard Cadre boy” now p.f Bowman aka Brain in the stomach & t@k0.
    BE HONEST FOR ONCE & SAY IT!
    “MY P.F CADRES ARE ROBBING INNOCENT PEOPLE BLIND”
    JUST SAY IT RIGHT!!
    That’s where the problem lies, NOT people sleeping at the station, when you know very well, you have more corrupt money in your pockets, but they don’t have a ngwee to afford a room at Pamodzi or Radisson hotels, due to you damaging the nation in the first place!

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  4. PF cadres have made Intercity their home. Serial PF radio callers are always calling from there. They are the ones robbing the public through extortions. This was a missed call by PF die hard lusambo, he should directed that the cadres vacate the station and not banning sleeping at the the station. Sleeping at bus stations is normal. Where do you expect the public to sleep when waiting to board a bus at 05hrs. Even in Johannesburg people sleep at Park station

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  5. It’s really a local govt, as in Lusaka City Council, matter. I don’t know if Bowman Lusambo knows or respects this boundary. Nevertheless, it’s the correct decision.

  6. SO YOU EXPET POOR PEOPLE TO MOVE AT NIGHT FROM CHELSTONE JUST TO BOARD A BUS AT 05:00 AT INTERCITY BT? PLEASE MAKE WIDE CONSULTATIONS BEFORE MAKING SUCH DECISIONS. THE TRAVELLERS WILL NOW BE SLEEPING IN STREET CORRIDORS IN KAMWALA WHERE THERE ARE NO TOILETS.

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  7. -I MEANT EXPECT- BESIDES YOU COULD JUST INCREASE POLICE PATROLS TO PROTECT TRAVELLERS AT NIGHT INSTEAD OF THIS MOVE.

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  8. Lusaka should have elected a non PF mayor to put this big lump of s*** in check. He thinks he is a governor. When we were at boarding school our buses arrived at night we slept at the bus station where does this bum expect people going to Nakonde in the morning to sleep?

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  9. Etiquette and manners are paramount every time one visits someone’s office, even if you are there boss you never put or press your arms on their desk. is that not america 1 and 2 , whatever you call them, what are they still doing at intercity bust station? are cadres still roaming and loafing in bus stations?

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  10. Some people don’t sleep at Inter City, they live there! Whatever the case that station must close at 22.00hrs, after all there are no local departures after 14hrs. There’s no adequate sanitation to support families living at the station and the Cairo Post Office. Zimbos have turned it into a low cost brothel, they also walk to Rhodes Park and come back to the station

  11. Some people don’t understand English very well. The Minister said “only those with bus tickets will be allowed to spend nights at inter-city”. The station is not a home for the homeless. Zambians, why should we be copycats of everything? Just because in South Africa and New York people sleep at the station, even here we should replicate?

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  12. Comment:Is this a joke or what? I can’t believe this. Where will those who will be arriving at night and have no money to go to hotels be spending nights. Travellers have been spending nights at Inter_City since the days of Kenneth Kaunda

  13. I have read the story, Just a few questions before I comment. Is this the same Lusambo who harrassed and embarrassed Major Kachingwe, is it the same guy who also embarrassed himself by saying that he was a bootlicker, obviously maybe not having an idea of what bootlicker means. But just to disgrace a bit somebody needs to urgently advise Chanda Kabwe that the word house has an H on it, it will never be ouse, also his sentence that “the people of Lumezi were going to have challenges lifting their things with their ands hence using the chopper”, sorry CK it is hands, there is H there also

  14. Well done. A bus station is for buses in transit. Why would anyone want to sleep there? We need to have order in the country. There is so much land for farming f and building homes. Kz

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  15. This ORGA is trying to solve a problem which even big countries like the USA, German, Canyada, and the UK have failed to solve. At leastdeveloped countries have christian organizations that help pipo in need at rail and bus station called Station missions. The missions generally offer their help to everyone anonymously and free of charge, and possibly also at times of the day when other social aids are not available. The range of help varies greatly and mostly ranges from smaller aids (plaster, timetable information, help with filling out application forms, coffee) to travel aids (for the blind, the elderly, the sick and disabled, people with prams, children traveling alone) to referring people social assistance (mediation in therapy facilities, mediation to the responsible offices and…

  16. (mediation in therapy facilities, mediation to the responsible offices and authorities, mediation of accommodation). Help is extended to street kids, prostitutes and seniors or children traveling alone on the trains or busses. You will never never solve this problem Oga!

  17. This is the stu.pidity of Zambians – instead of first supporting this important pronouncement and then worrying about how the travelling public can be assisted, you are busy supporting nonsense. The Lusaka Intercity Station is not a place for people to turn into a boarding house. Instead of looking at it as a business opportunity you are busy with very f.oolish comments – stupid people. Even when the President sent the army to clean up your dirt a few years ago, there you were calling for the army to be withdrawn very quickly – lazy, s.illy, dirty and very dull people.

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  18. “Only people with tickets and those doing business will be allowed and NO person would be allowed to spend nights as it was not a hotel, but a bus station,” said Mr Lusambo.

    You missed it sir. It says NO person will be allowed to SPEND the night. Just re read the section.

  19. Hello Zambians is this your Minister without portfolio? I ask because I see him supervising demolitions, arresting corrupt police officers, banning commutters from bus stops, and sometimes beating up people who attack the president it looks like he does anything that crosses his mind and doesn’t wait for policy to be made

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