Local Government Minister Gary Nkombo expressed deep concern over the misconduct of certain individuals who are exploiting the government’s name to extort money from traders and bus drivers. He stressed that the government’s directive prohibiting political cadres in bus stations and markets has been clearly communicated, and strict compliance is expected.
The Minister went further to issue a stern warning that individuals found guilty of such behavior would face legal prosecution. His remarks came during an engagement with bus drivers at the Kulima Tower bus station in Lusaka, where they gathered to commemorate two years of cadres’ absence from bus stations.
The directive to keep political cadres away from bus stations and markets is a significant step aimed at promoting orderliness and ensuring that trading and transportation activities are conducted without undue interference. Mr. Nkombo reiterated that this directive should not be used as an opportunity for extortion or any illegal activities.
The presence of political cadres in these areas had previously been a source of concern, leading to disruptions and conflicts that adversely affected traders, commuters, and the general public. The government’s commitment to maintaining a safe and conducive environment for trade and transport is underpinned by these measures.