• The move will be escalated to markets.
• The vacuum left by the cadres will be filled by qualified man power.
• There will be no handling of cash, all operators will be given cards.
Lusaka City Council (LCC) has with immediate effect taken over the operation of Lusaka Intercity bus terminus which was being run by political party cadres.
Speaking to journalists shortly after inspecting the bus station, Lusaka Town Clerk Alex Mwansa said the move will enhance the Council’s revenue collection, and help recapitalize the facility.
Mr. Mwansa revealed that the operation will be extended to markets where cadres had taken total control of the facilities, adding that the Council will now recruit qualified people with a focus on the youth.
“We have taken over the running of Intercity bus station but of course this will be escalated to markets as well, Soweto and all those markets where we had cadres. This place can generate a lot of employment for the youth and that is what we want to do.”
“This vacuum that has been left by the cadres will be filled by qualified man power and we will focus on the youth because we want every aspect of this bus station to be run professionally,” Mr. Mwansa said.
He added that recruitment will be based on merit, adding that the staff will be properly trained in order to improve revenue which will be ploughed back into the station.
“Recruitment of staff will be merit based and we will ensure that they are properly trained so that we enhance revenue for the Council and the revenue we are going to collect is not for consumption, we want to plough it back into the station so that we create a conducive environment for the travellers,” he stated.
And Council Director of Finance Beston Kajoba said all Cashiers at Intercity Bus terminus will not be handling any cash as operators will be paying directly to the council using electronic cards.
“There will be no handling of cash, all operators will be given cards and it’s through the use of those cards that they will be able to pay in order to avoid pilferage,” Mr. Kajoba said.
Meanwhile, Council Director of Housing and Social Services Danny Chibinda states that the decision to allow the local authority to take total control of the bus station will create a conducive environment for travellers and the over 100 buses that operate from the station.
“On average, there are about 7, 000 passengers that pass through the bus station every day and buses on average we have 80 to 100 that utilize this station to go to various destinations in Zambia, so having a conducive environment for them to operate will add value not only to the city but also to all those people that are travelling to different parts of this country including those who go to South Africa and also Tanzania,” he added.