BUSINESS along the railway line in Lusaka’s Kamwala area which has now included shebeens is booming and is a source of concern among residents.
The residents said the shebeens made from makeshift materials were an eyesore and posed a danger to the lives of patrons who risked being run over by trains.
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 they freely sold food and beer.
He observed that people risked being hit or run over by trains as business was being conducted along the railway line.
“It’s unfortunate that people can put up structures along the railway line in that manner, 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 in the area, saying that the current situation was getting out of hand.
Another resident, Agnes Mwelwa, said the area was becoming unsafe, especially for women who risked being raped by drunken men.
Ms. Mwelwa said some women usually knocked off late and most of the drunken hoodlums abused them verbally and at times even made sexual advances.
“There are some women who knock off late from their businesses and work places and pass through the area.They are at risk of being raped or abused by those drunkards,” she said