Lusaka drivers begin protests, riots in Matero

Lusaka minibus drivers have started their protests against the corruption perpetuated by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA) by unreasonably impounding their buses and demanding money.

In Matero, bus driver were rioting as police moved in to disperse them after they blocked the roads.

Drivers lit fires at Shadreck bus stop as police started firing teagars everywhere including homes.

In town, at lunch hour on Monday, scores of bus drivers packed their buses and started beating up any other bus driver or conductor seen loading passengers.

Routes to Kanyama, Chelstone and Matero from town centre have been virtually paralysed. The marauding bus drivers and their conductiors are also beating up ant taxi drivers seen loading more than two passengers.

RATSA, one of the most corrupt wing of government recently impounded over 100 buses which and parked them Lusaka Central Police stations.

To retrieve an impounded minibus, the driver must pay KR180. Some bus drivers are taken to court where the face imprisonment of upto six months.

Unfortunately, the Bus Drivers Association president Josiah Majulu is supporting the action by police against his members.

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