Kabwe Police cause death as they chase and lock up drivers fo applying for permit

Vehicle after accident as residents look for survivors

A middle aged woman of Chowa township in Kabwe died on the spot this afternoon when the Toyota Carina Registration number ACT 8552 she was traveling in overturned as it was being pursued by two police Land cruiser vehicles in the ongoing stand off between the police and taxi drivers, which has now entered day 3. The driver, only know as Moses is said to have been confused after the accident and his whereabouts are still unknown as he ran into the nearby bush but an eye witness fears he may be dead as well going by the magnitude of the accident.

And over 10 taxi drivers have been locked up at Kabwe central police station but police central province commissioner Standwell Lungu says he has not received the report, while officers at the police station refuted the lock up story, but a high ranking officer says Lungu is telling lies about the report.

The accident happened at about 15:00hrs after Police were chasing the vehicle from Chowa along Mine Road following a command from Kabwe DC Patrick Chishala on the police to impound unregistered taxis also known as pirate taxis.

Police pursuing taxi drivers
On wednesday, traffic police are reported to have been instructed by DC Chishala to impound the vehicles inn response to the bus drivers’ petition last month asking his office to stop pirating as the bus drivers complained that the pirate taxis had taken over business from them despite them  (Piraters) not paying taxes.

Yesterday the taxi drivers protested at the DC’s office who promised to look into their plight but U-turned after a meeting with traffic police and Road transport and safety agency (RATSA) officials and maintained his instruction to the police to impound and detain thge drivers.

The taxi drivers in their petition to Chishala yesterday said they were not against the idea of paying taxes but demanded that government introduces a system through which they can register with RATSA and still pay the relevant taxes and be given a grace period in which to paint their vehicles.

Chishala who was also running a pirate taxi until his appointment as DC objected to the proposal from them, and maintained that their business is illegal.

IMG_20130315_163709_0The piraters argued that if President Sata allowed street vending, which was more harzadous than pirating, they saw no reason why they should be banned over painting of vehicles. They also claimed that the same vehicles were used in the campaigns for the PF and were promised that they would be given permanent jobs but wondered how  they had now become illegal.

And an eye witness to the accident who declined to be named said he was disappointed with the leadership’s failure to address a simple problem as this. The witness said that the piraters were youths who were unemployed not by their design and said government must engage them for calm to be maintained. He said he spoke to Chishala and Bwacha MP Sydney Mushanga who did not seem concerned about the matter.

Meanwhile about 10 youths are in police cells at Kabwe central and Chowa police stations. with the latest being locked up this afternoon when they went to apply for permit to hold a peaceful demonstration to air their grievances following the standoff with police.

When contacted for comment Central province commissioner of police Standwell Lungu said he had not received any report on the matter, but sources from his office confirmed that he had a report to that effect. “The Compol gets daily incident reports (DIR) and this problem has been on his table, but he is just hiding the truth, typical of PF police,” said one senior police woman.

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28 Responses to "Kabwe Police cause death as they chase and lock up drivers fo applying for permit"

  1. choncho   March 17, 2013 at 08:44

    DC chishala ur a an excelent DC keep up with that spirit we are behind you.the fugitive mose is in police custody after being aprehended by shumba wit other officers at chisamba roadrock around 01hrs,aboad a mazhandu bus heading to monze relocating wit a bag ful of cloths.

  2. Member of dead Parliament   March 16, 2013 at 18:51

    All towns are in the same situation. The government (if we have any) must act before people start hacking themselves. More deaths will soon be reported.

  3. Big Daddy   March 16, 2013 at 18:29

    Sad development indeed. May her soul rest in peace. Police in kbw are something else. They watch too much action movies where bad guys are being chased by cops. Get real. Chase criminals not pipo who are just trying to earn a living.

  4. enos_Mwale   March 16, 2013 at 18:03

    Yes the dc is bad

  5. RED SQUARE   March 16, 2013 at 11:28


  6. MBOLOLIKO   March 16, 2013 at 09:52

    I don’t know why police went ahead to chase the pirater. It is just one simple thing the police could have done, get the number plate of the vehicle in question, go to RATSA and get a print out which has the details of the vehicle including the owners address, then make a follow up and impound the vehicle if found as simple as that. Thru’ chasing you have caused the death of an innocent soul. God is watching you.

  7. zu   March 16, 2013 at 09:28

    U voted for fools,and u want jobs.u hav to pay for been stupid.

  8. be   March 16, 2013 at 09:27

    useless Taxis, what so special about them when mini buses operate with painted buses? These are just thieves operating using unregistered vehicles.

  9. chaona   March 16, 2013 at 08:36

    I am a licenced driver and when police ; ask, command, direct, force etc to stop I HAVE TO COMPLY. At road blocks police park either their cars in readiness to give a chase to any erring driver.

  10. ahkmed   March 16, 2013 at 07:37

    No wonder zambia is poor. The police by pursuing this avenue are simply expanding the tax base of the nation.

    • Southern watchman   March 16, 2013 at 08:41

      But the money goes into their pockets and the treasury.

    • Southern watchman   March 16, 2013 at 08:44

      Which tax base when the money goes into their(police) pockets.

  11. Dombwana   March 16, 2013 at 06:21

    Especially ka DC ka ku Chirundu. Very arrogant and thinks he is a minister of labour.

  12. Arsenal   March 16, 2013 at 05:51

    This is same with street vending why lock them up? Give them job you promised them.

  13. simbwindibwi   March 16, 2013 at 05:02

    we should not condone lawlessness in all its skin, period. ine impitafye epo umulandu upitile. umuntu ngalufyanya ninshi nalufyanya

    • shimwitwa   March 16, 2013 at 07:48

      Iwe chikala chobe you must have aheart for these youths, do you think minibuses can manage the demand of commuters, dont you know that buses are dirty and some of us want to be taxied, think with your head and not your balls.

    • shimwitwa   March 16, 2013 at 07:49

      Banda, Na Chongo, Mbaza, Shumba, Mutumba bafikala mwalafwa one one.

  14. jarubanga   March 15, 2013 at 22:19

    It’s sad that life has been lost.i expect de police to conduct themselves in a professional way other than causing death.de police should have just gotten de registration number of that car and make a follow up later.

    • Sam Chungu   March 16, 2013 at 08:48

      I agree wholeheartedly.Police must never endanger the lives of innocent people and should pull bcak from a car chase if there is such danger.

  15. MUSUKWA   March 15, 2013 at 21:48

    Moze has been a useless driver and those who no him will totally agree with me,the guy is nuisance police lock up the bugger and throw the cell keys away.

  16. MUSUKWA   March 15, 2013 at 21:40

    There is sanity in town even space for parking is available,now that these idiots have been removed in fact they have been killing people and non of you people blaming the police has said something about.Bravo PF police and make sure you arrest the idiot Moze for killing an innocent girl.

  17. poko ya kayombo kakutemba   March 15, 2013 at 20:56

    they are street vendors and it is legal its just that they are on wheels.

  18. Die Hard UPND   March 15, 2013 at 20:07

    Idiot, the blood will hurt down. Don’t be big headed bu DC, u just an appoit u can be disappoited at any time

  19. believer 7   March 15, 2013 at 20:01

    The law is clear bane whats your problem…is menatal deficiency?
    Psv must be painted period!

    • PHD   March 15, 2013 at 21:16

      You right. But now that does not apply now. Those are street vendors as well the police are being stupid. Please leave the STREET TAXIS alone just as the STREET VENDORS are alone.

  20. kgalema   March 15, 2013 at 19:54

    Ukwa’s Police State.

  21. Besa   March 15, 2013 at 19:42

    Police and DC very excited bafikala.

    • shimwitwa   March 16, 2013 at 07:45

      The worst DC Kabwe has ever had, we had Emmanuel Mwansa, the old man was good, we had Kapungwe, he was good, we had the big man Paul Chaikatisha, he was good but Chishala is just like the useless bitch of MMD, Jane whatever her name is, Ukwa please fire this Fucker DC or the party is going down, we are PF youths who he denied access and keeps boasting that he has state house bedroom secret on his side so nothing can be done to him, tafibula pali nalikwebele!!