The Mazabuka District United Party for National Development (UPND) has called on its members to return all bus stations and markets that they have allegedly taken over to the municipal council in order for the local government to increase revenue collection.
This comes amid claims that certain UPND members allegedly took over bus stops and marketplaces and promised to return them over only when President-elect Hakainde Hichilema is sworn in.
Oliver Mulomba, Chairman of the UPND Mazabuka district, asked his party members to refrain from divisive behaviour and thuggery because the party is the next administration.
Mr. Mulomba said this during a press briefing held at the UPND Secretariat.
Meanwhile, Ndola City Council (NCC) has reinforced the number of staff deployed to bus stations and markets in order to boost the local authority’s revenue collection.
The council has deployed Ndola City Council police officers and members of the revenue task force to ensure that the bus stops and markets do not have political party cadres collecting revenue from traders or bus station operators.
This is according to a statement issued by the NCC Public Relations Unit Facebook page yesterday.
“This comes at the backdrop of President-elect, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema’s address on August 16, at which he said that his government would not tolerate political party cadres collecting revenue,” the statement read in part.
NCC Public Relations Manager Rebecca Mushota said the move has been welcomed by the general public who advised the council to continue putting measures that would enhance sanity in the stations and trading areas.
Ms Mushota added that council officers and the task force have so far visited Chisokone Market, Mulungushi Bus Station, Broadway Bus Stop and Hospital Bus Stop and revealed that the mood in the stations is calm.