PARLIAMENT was yesterday informed that Johabie Buses in Chipata were blocked from operating at Kapata bus station after the proprietor allegedly passed disparaging remarks against MMD Chipata Central Member of Parliament Mutolo Phiri.
Local Government Miniater Steven Kampyongo said after the owner of the buses Johabie Mtonga allegedly passed disparaging remarks on Mr Phiri his sympathizers blocked Mr Johabie Mtongo from operating in Chipata.
Mr Kampyongo was delivering a ministerial statement following a directive from the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini who ordered him to provide a report on the management of the bus stations countrywide.
This followed a point of order which was raised by UPND Senanga MP Likando Mufalali on 24th January 2016 concerning the blocking of Johabie buses in Chipata and Lusaka by alleged cadres.
But Mr Kampyongo, who confirmed the blocking of Johabie busses in Chipata, said it was regrettably done by overzealous persons who wanted to take the law in their own hands.
“The Zambia Police deployed its officers to calm the situation and the matter has since been normalized. The bus operator, Johabie Bus Services, is back at the bus station and conducting its business without interference from any persons or groupings of people,” he said.
He said pursuant to the market and bus stations Act of 2007 of the laws of Zambia the management of bus stations countrywide was preserve of the local authorities.
Mr Kampyongo said the law was still in force, adding that it had not been changed or amended.
He warned that whoever interfered or bared any bus operators or users from operating at any bus station did it illegally and without the support of the government.
Mr Kampyongo further told the House that he had directed the local authorities countrywide to ensure that they enforced the markets and bus stations Act No. 7 of 2007 without or favour and report any persons or grouping of people disregarding the instruction to the law enforcement agencies.