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Police, District Council engage Kabaza operators

By Fostina Mkandawire

Salima, Mana: Police in Salima District in conjunction with the District Council on Thursday engaged both bicycle and motorcycle (Kabaza) operators in the district as a way of enhancing efforts of fighting crime and minimising road accidents.

Speaking during the engagement, Salima District Council Chairperson, Chifungo Katoweka warned the cyclists to abide by the measures and regulations which enforcement agencies have put in place.

“You have been advised to always put on crush helmets and pick one customer in order to reduce road accidents. As a council, we say these really help, especially in reducing fatalities,” he said.

He further encouraged the bicycle and motorcycle taxi operators to get registered so that everyone becomes known and operates from their respective ranks or depots.

Speaking on behalf of the Officer in Charge of Police in the district, Assistance Superintendent Paul Kuchawo pleaded with the Kabaza operators to be in the forefront assisting the police in fighting crime by among other things, reporting any suspicious activities or criminals.

“We, as MPS (Malawi Police Service), have a core duty to protect life and property and we value your life and your motorcycles and bikes as your property.

“So, avoid operating your business during odd hours to avoid being robbed and even killed,” he advised.

Sub Inspector Mdala explaining road regulations to Kabaza operators

Traffic Sub Inspector Patricia Mdala advised the Kabaza operators to always follow traffic regulations which include travelling on the left side of the road and observing road signs.

Other regulations include: always being in crush helmets while on the motorcycle; carrying one passenger and to be in reflective jackets, just to mention a few.

Also present during the meeting was Director of Administration for the district council, Shupikai Nyirenda, who also urged the motorcycle operators to pay for their business licenses which become effective for the whole year.

She said this would also help in fighting crime because if an operator is involved in criminal activities, they would be easily identified.

The operators included both motor cyclists and bicycle cyclists drawn from all the main trading centres in Salima District.

Council Chair Katoweka calls on Kabaza operators to comply

Nyirenda says Kabaza operators should have licenses

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