-Passengers, Pedestrian and Cyclists Association of Zambia ( PPCAZ ) president Lawrence Kaoma has condemned United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema for declaring illegal support to contravening bus drivers.
Mr. Kaoma said that any form of lawlessness should not be encouraged at all cost.
He said it is not fair for any person to protect law breakers who have highly contributed to the loss of life the country has faced in the recent past.
“ It was wrong for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to offer legal support to law breakers instead of sensitizing them on how to be law abiding citizens and help the country protect lives of all road users.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Kaoma said this in an interview in Lusaka, today.
He said Bus drivers are important persons in society that should always be mindful of the lives of people they carry and all other users’ lives.
He said all contravening bus drivers who have been arrested should be meant to face the justice.
He said there is nothing wrong with the traffic officers impounding the contravening bus drivers adding that all the officers are doing are to ensure that sanity on the roads is restored.
He said protests are not a solution to the problems the bus drivers have adding that there are better ways of addressing them.
He said if bus drivers have any grievances such as corruption by traffic officers let them report to relevant authorities.
Mr. Kaoma has since thanked the Zambia police traffic division and Road Transport Agency for the move adding that this will serve as a lesson to other would be contraveners.
Last week UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema said he sympathized with the mini bus drivers whose buses have been impounded by police for contravening the road service licence.
He assured the mini bus drivers that he would uses two of his party lawyers to help with their court cases.