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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

UPND appeal to members to hand back Bus Stations and Markets

Headlines UPND appeal to members to hand back Bus Stations and Markets

The United Party for National Development (UPND) in Mazabuka District has called on its members to hand over all bus stations and markets they have allegedly taken over, back to the municipal council to allow the local authority enhance revenue collection.

This follows reports that some UPND members allegedly took over the bus stops and markets and pledged to hand them over only after President-elect Hakainde Hichilema, is inaugurated into office.

UPND Mazabuka district Chairman Oliver Mulomba urged his party members to desist from engaging in divisive behaviour and thuggery, since the party is the in-coming government.

Mr. Mulomba said this during a press briefing held at the UPND Secretariat.

Meanwhile, Ndola City Council (NCC) has reinforced the number of staff deployed to bus stations and markets in order to boost the local authority’s revenue collection.

The council has deployed Ndola City Council police officers and members of the revenue task force to ensure that the bus stops and markets do not have political party cadres collecting revenue from traders or bus station operators.

This is according to a statement issued by the NCC Public Relations Unit Facebook page yesterday.

“This comes at the backdrop of President-elect, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema’s address on August 16, at which he said that his government would not tolerate political party cadres collecting revenue,” the statement read in part.

NCC Public Relations Manager Rebecca Mushota said the move has been welcomed by the general public who advised the council to continue putting measures that would enhance sanity in the stations and trading areas.

Ms Mushota added that council officers and the task force have so far visited Chisokone Market, Mulungushi Bus Station, Broadway Bus Stop and Hospital Bus Stop and revealed that the mood in the stations is calm.

23 COMMENTS

  1. In his campaign messages, HH said in his cabinet there will be no big ministerial vehicles like: Toyota Land-Cruizer / Prado VX, Pajero etc.
    This is what we expect.Going forward we expect an auction sale for all those big vehicles the PF has left behind including the sale the the Gulf StreamJet.The Government should order Toyota Vitz for ministers.
    When will this happen? We expect this to happen next week after the President Elect assumes office

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  2. The sad part about all this is that these youths on bus stations and markets were collecting monies on behalf of PF officials who happen to be politicians that’s in the last decade …this is why those PF so called American thugs could afford to build houses for their wives and girlfriends. Money that should have been going to the councils to pay pensions and service delivery.
    We need to bring these people at the top to book and answer for their crimes and wealth.

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  3. Very soon you will see defections because the very people who were collecting only know one way to obtain their money its through markets and bus stations.

  4. One would say my brother from another mother but these ones we say brothers from the same mother. They have just taken off their green uniforms and put on their red ones. UPND should stamp this out fast before it gets out of hand and consume you the same way it consumed the PF.

  5. BA UPND, YOU ARE SOLVING A PROBLEM BY KICKING OUT THESE YOUTHS (THUGS IF YOU WISH !) FROM WHAT WAS THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME.
    SO IN SOLVING A PROBLEM, YOU ARE CREATING ANOTHER ONE, IF NOT HANDLED CAREFULLY, THIS WILL EXPLODE !!!! IT WILL BE A PROBLEM THAT UPND & HH WILL REGRET. MY QUESTION IS WHAT ARE GOING TO DO WITH THESE THUGS? THERE IS A RISK THESE THUGS CAN REGROUP INTO SOMETHING BIG, I CAN IMAGINE BOTH GROUPS OF YOUTHS FROM BOTH UPND & PF UNITING AND FORMING AN UNDERGROUND GROUP THAT WILL BE EVEN MORE RUTHLESS AND THE OBJECTIVE OF SUCH A GROUP, WILL NOT BE MARKETS OR BUSSTOPS, IT WILL BE TAKEOVER OF SOMETHING BIG – THE GOVERNMENT. THIS IS MY RISK ASSESSMENT, LET IT STAY ON RECORD.

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  6. Since hh was declared winner of a fraudulent election all we ever get is news from southern. This is only the beginning. I am sure the editor at lusakatimes will be replaced by someone called hafailure hafunta.

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  7. Cadres are always part of politician’s main stay. They continually revolve and evolve. Cadres saved HH from police reported harassment in Ndola when he went to attend the funeral of Joshua Mutisa. Imagine, cadres playing the role of police.
    When and how would such cadres be repaid? The spoils are markets, stations, civil service, bus terminuses, political appointments, board chairs and parastatal heads.

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  8. As councils take back their mandate in bus stops and markets, councils should ensure that revenue so collected is used to improve public utilities in bus stops and markets. Councils should not just take revenue without improving public health and safety at bus stops and markets. Zambians want to see clean and safe markets and bus stops!!!

  9. Why do you think they campaign for political parties? It’s for this reason and unless you give them employment within the promised one week in office you have a battle on your hands

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  10. @General Kanene
    Just wait….Bally will fix it…soon they will realize that it was just campaign talk….ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL….these so called youths will resort to robbing people now….already my friend is was attacked yesterday by a bunch of unruly youths in Emmasdale……this will be the new normal….and those young girls will go straight into prostitution…Bally will fix it…

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  11. Nothing like letting thugs rule our country. HH build bigger prisons quickly coz we have so much land. Any nonsense making groups must go work on our land so we produce more food – period.

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  12. I can see the youths fixing Bally here if he does not provide employment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember that bus stops and markets were youth self employment given to them from time of FTJ Chiluba’s liberalization and privatization policies!!!!!!!!!!!!! So ba UPND be careful before shooting yourself in the foot!!!!!!

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  13. THE POOR TR000LL MUST BE HURTING SO MUCH
    BUT AS HE IS A BORN AGAIN KIKIKI HE WILL KNOW YOU REAP WHAT YOU SEW
    BOOOO HOOOO

  14. Bravo UPND. It us who desire sanity that shall rise to defend the new government if ‘thugs’ begin to create terror again in the bus stations and markets. Why are we so scared about thugs that we want to surrender our peace? PF took us to a polar end where we lost our self worthiness. We still live in fear? No we shouldn’t, Bally has come to fix it. Losers will try to sponsor misbehavior from those street gangs but a rejuvenated police will meet them head on.

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  15. kaisar Zulu. a you not tired embrassed. follow Antonio mwanza. am from the east, but if we see more southern province flavour.. so be it. we are one zambia. let’s embrace our diversity.

  16. @anonymous.. that’s backward thinking. we should maintain the havoc cadres poured on the zambia people because. ROB PETER TO PAUL? we need to change our thinking. yes jobs are not there
    . but that does not mean the citizenry must live in fear of cadres.. am taking my chances with hh. we had seen enough of what eco had to offer

  17. @Anonymous,
    Yes, that is the next phase that those thugs will be doing, upon taking away their source of income., they will turn to robbery. That is still fixable.
    My big concern is rather, if one of the disgrantled PF leaders decided to sponsor these pockets of thugs, they can easily be built into an ex.tremist organization. That sounds far stretched, but that is a risk assessment NOT to be ignored.
    Proposed solution is to utilize experience of ZNS, these thugs need to be taught a skill, to transform them into value adding citizens, otherwise this will explode in one form or another.

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