Fake pastors told to stop harassing passengers

Fake pastors told to stop harassing passengers

 THE Zambia Roads & Highway Safety Group (ZRHSG) has noted with dismay the continued harassment and inconveniencing of the travelling public by bus station pastors and other religious preachers and is calling on the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and the Bus owners to put a stop to this.

Pastors and other religious preachers have for a long time been boarding long distance buses at the main station as the bus is departing and begin preaching to passengers without due regard to their freedom of choice and religion. This preaching ends up with passengers being coerced to make a donation to these pastors and religious preachers before they drop off. Nowadays these pastors waylay buses as they enter a city and begin the preaching to tired passengers as the bus heads towards the main bus station.

“The Consumer Protection and Competition Commission should also develop a commuter charter to help popularise the rights of the traveling public and the duties of the bus owners towards their clients,” says Group Administrator Mthoniswa Banda.

“I once got on a bus going to Solwezi awe it was a hell of a ride. We had a man of God take us from Lusaka to Chisamba, another one picked from Kabwe to Kapiri and then a medicine seller on the bus started promoting his medicine. Ndola to Kitwe another man of gold, Kitwe to Chingola another man of gold who noticed I was so fade up and decided to preach about me and how I was going to hell,” said a commuter and member of the ZRHSG.

Zambia Roads & Highway Safety Group (ZRHSG) feels this behaviour needs to stop.

“No commuter rights in Zambia. Passengers are abused left right and centre. I tried in vain to engage the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission for a help in developing a commuter rights charter but nothing came out from our discussion,” posted another member.

Another member said “This has really been a thorn in the neck. Commuters need to enjoy their journey and the drivers need to concentrate on the road.  It’s public nuisance. The bus is public therefore they should not be at liberty without due permission. Law must be applied.”

The Zambia Roads & Highway Safety Group (ZRHSG) hopes that RTSA, the ZCCPC and the Bus Owners can meet and resolve this problem that is disturbing the peace of the majority of bus commuters.

Zambia Roads & Highway Safety Group (ZRHSG) is an online group with over 1,200 members and is for sharing experiences and knowledge on road safety and defensive driving on Zambian roads and Highways by both professional drivers, car owners and the majority road users as passengers or pedestrians. These discussions will help identify road safety issues, bad policies and bad road designs requiring improvement by government and its agencies such as RTSA, RDA, NRFA, ZP and local councils.

Every week, the ZRHSG will produce a statement summarising the group discussion and sharing this opoinion with Road Safety agencies and other policy makers so they improve Zambia’s Road Safety.


Signed: EJMB

Mthoniswa Banda

Group Admin – Zambia Roads & Highway Safety Group (ZRHSG)

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    KOZHENGO 2 weeks ago

    Constitution court kuwayawayafye!!!! the seats of these former ministers who illegally stayed in office and are supposed to pay back the money they got when parliament was dissolved should have been nulifield on the basis that they disadvantaged other opponents for they were using government money during campaign time, the time when parliament was dissolved. HH’s lawyers should have capitalized on this same ruling by the concourt. Why does concourt want former ministers to pay the money yet they did not nullify their seats on the same basis that they disadvantaged other opponets

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    ONE MUNYENGE 2 weeks ago

    Let them continue preaching the gospel, only Satanists feel agitated when these men are preaching. I look forward to the women fork coming on board. Zambia is a christain nation so they are allowed to preach in the buses, tarvens, schools, markets, hospitals, prisons and all public places, and they are allowed to collect donations from all well wishes.

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      Nyambe the Hero 2 weeks ago

      Labelling everyone ‘satanist’ is just mysticism and is no different from witchfinding.

      I recommend you read the book Charismatic Control: Witchcraft in Neo-Pentecostal Churches by Steven Lambert.

      Preaching is okay but not being a nuisance or using the same as a money-making venture because of high unemployment due to poor leadership. 

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    pipo pliz let those who wish to listen to them listen, dont say any bad word for their job but let those who want to listen. mind you it is the word of God. ba tata dont try to end what is for God, its not you to judge but let God Judge them for their work. other are true men of God.

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    Bishop 2 weeks ago

    I am a Servant of God and not in support of this article. Prayers at times protect us on these buses .
    Not all are false preachers. What do you understand of freedom of Assembly and association. In the Bible there is no such a thing.
    What ever you chose there are rewards .You need to use your freedom rightly. Chose life.

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    Wanzelu 2 weeks ago

    I have never given them a penny. I would normally wear earphones and listen to something on my phone. If everyone stops being hoodwinked and paying them they will stop coming onto these buses. That will be proof that it is money they are after. They are no different from con men. The worst thing is that they are using the word of God to con people.

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    This is very true! Actually what is annoying most, is these pastors’ lack of courtesy in their wording, as they allegedly preach! These pastors most of them are in the habbit of underestimating the collective intelligence of people on the Bus! As long as one has a BIBLE and a rapidly assembled suit, they think they have authority over the flock! Some of these so called men of GOD have very ill bent motives! Please can the public order Act visit and have a audience with these people! Amen!

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