BUSINESS along the railway line in Lusaka’s Kamwala area has continued to boom with residents expressing concerns over the mushrooming of shebeens in the area.
The residents said the shebeens’ were an eyesore as they were made from card boxes.
The selling of goods on the actual railway slippers posed a danger to the lives of people as they could be run over by a train.
Mr Binwell Mutale, a resident said the sale of both food and opaque beer was becoming rampant in the area.
He said people had made illegal makeshift restaurants and bars where beer and food were sold, adding that people risked being killed or run over by trains.
“It’s unfortunate that people could put up structures on the railway lines, which is very dangerous, because they risk their lives and the lives of other people as well, a train can easily run over them,” he said.
Mr. Mutale called on the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to move in and restore sanity at the area, saying that the current situation in the area was getting out of hand.
Another resident, Agnes Mwelwa said the area was becoming unsafe, especially for women who risked being raped by drunkards.
Ms. Mwelwa said some women usually knocked off late and most of them faced drunken hoodlums who abused them verbally and at times even made advances.
“There are some women who knock off late from their businesses and workplaces and pass through this area, they are at risk of being raped by those drunkards,” she said