LUSAKA City Council Public Relations Manager Mwaka Nakweti has confirmed that some people were arrested during a riot by call boys at intercity bus terminus on Friday morning.
In a statement, Friday, Nakweti said the call boys, commonly known as Lungaula, staged a protest after they were asked to leave the Intercity Bus Terminus.
“This morning (Friday) a group of call boys who are called “Lungaula” staged a protest after they were asked to leave the intercity bus terminus. Lusaka City Council Management through the office of the Director of Housing and Social Services held a meeting with bus Operators last week and it was resolved to remove the callboys due to various reasons. This follows reports of passengers being harassed when they want to board their preferred bus and rampant thefts in the station,” she stated.
Nakweti urged bus operators to use their own employees and not engage call boys.
“As a local authority, we cannot allow the harassment of passengers and rampant theft in our stations hence resolved to engage bus operators to find a long lasting solution. Following the riots, some people have since been picked by Zambia Police to help them with investigations. Bus operators have since been advised to use their own employees and not engage call boys. Members of the public are advised to report harassment and thefts to the police or management within the bus station and also management of the station,” said Nakweti.