The Bus and Taxi Drivers Association of Zambia (BTDAZ) says the public transport fares in Kabwe will remain unchanged until after a consultative meeting with the district commissioner and members of the public on Wednesday.
BTDAZ vice president Mark Makonga said his association was initially scheduled to have the consultative meeting last week but due to poor turnout, it was postponed to Wednesday this week.
“We should have held a meeting last week at which we should have put our proposals and reach consensus but it was poorly attended so we resolved to postpone it to Wednesday next week because we want everyone to be there to avoid distortions. We also hope members of the public will also come, so in the meantime there is no increase until after the decision that we shall arrive at next week,” Mr. Makonga said.
And speaking during the aborted Wednesday meeting, Kabwe district commissioner Patrick Chishala thanked the BTDAZ for being patient and upholding a spirit of consultation. Mr. Chishala who is the association’s patron also hailed the members for unity among themselves especially in times of sorrow.
“I have noted with delight the way you people are united especially when one of you has died or is bereaved. You all reserve your buses and taxis for funeral purposes and ensure that you give your friend support and a dignified send off. This is as it should be and for this I congratulate you please keep it up,” he said.
Kabwe is one of the few towns where transport costs have remained low compared to other towns where increases are effected every time there was an increase in fuel. The bus fares in the former mining town range between K2.50 and K4 for the longest distance within town.