6 Kitwe bus drivers arrested for beating illegal taxi operators

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Police in Kitwe have arrested six bus drivers for beating up their colleagues and illegal Taxi operators.

The six are also believed to have deflated tyres on buses and taxis’ for drivers who were found loading passengers around the city.

Public service bus drivers parked their vehicles to protest over what they termed as unfair treatment by traffic officers, council and pirate taxi operators.

But Kitwe Police Chief Davies Simwanza has warned of stern action against those causing anarchy in the city.

And Mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe appealed to bus drivers to remain calm as government attends to their problems.

Councilor Sinyangwe who is also PF district Chairman said acts of violence being championed by some bus drivers will not be entertained.

Government says issues facing public transporters on the Copperbelt Province cannot be resolved through anarchy and disruption of public transport..

And Communications and Transport Minister Kapembwa Simbao says there is need for dialogue to bring sanity to the sector.

Mr. Simbao says there is no law that supports pirating in Zambia.

The Minister was speaking in Kitwe on Tuesday when he met Public Bus Operators and Private Taxi Operators.

He said all those operating outside the law must be checked to find an amicable solution for all stakeholders.

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