Over 300 bikes impounded in Mzuzu: Kabaza operators angry with Malawi Police

Bicycle taxi (kabanza) operators in Mzuzu City have heaped blame on the Malawi Police Service (MPS) in the region for rekindling unemployment following an ongoing operation whose aim is let out bicycles in Mzuzu’s central business district.

Confiscated bikes dumped at Mzuzu police station

Confiscated bikes dumped at Mzuzu police station

Several operators who talked to Nyasa Times on Thursday said police were taking too long before “releasing” their bicycles.

“They just keep the bicycles at their offices forgetting that some of us earn a living from them,” complained Mphatso Kondowe who plies his business around Katoto Township.

According to him, the bicycles are sometimes kept away from them for as long as five months.

“But that will be even after we’ve paid the fines,” said Kondowe. “Most of us just stay, and it is the same people [government] who will also blame us for being unemployed.”

Another operator, Mathews Mawaso, admitted to Nyasa Times that it was three months now since his bicycle was picked up but he has not yet been given back.

“And yet I’ve a family and responsibilities to take care of,” said Mawaso.

Mzuzu Police publicist Maurice Chapola confirmed their office keeping “a lot of bicycles” but referred Nyasa Times to the Officer-in-Charge at Mzuzu who was not in her office as we went to press.

But he hinted the impounding was being done because of “wrong parking” and “unprofessional” riding of the bicycles.

More than 300 bicycles taxis have been dumped to rust at Mzuzu Police Station, Nyasa Times confirmed.

Mzuzu based barrister Christone Ghambi of CHRAM & Associates said there was “nothing wrong” with what police were doing.

According to Ghambi, the Road Traffic Act (Sec 181-182) mandates the Minister to make by-laws to control the “conduct of drivers and vehicles including bicycles to protect the public from accidents.”

But Ghambi said taking too “long” to release the bicycles was “unlawful” according to section 28(2) which stipulates that “no person shall be arbitrarily deprived of property.”

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25 thoughts on “Over 300 bikes impounded in Mzuzu: Kabaza operators angry with Malawi Police”

  1. Mangochi says:

    why confiscating a bicycle, a bicycle, . njinga yochita kupalasa , ngakhalale kupanda chisoni ndi manyazi boma kulimbana ndi njinga yoyendera magazi kulimbana ndi njinga . Boma lolimbana ndi njinga ooooooo

  2. Chikuni says:

    More fire DPP

  3. Honest says:

    Chokani akabaza munaphetsa abusa mayi Chirwa inu.

  4. ,MYEGHA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, says:

    Lat us hit the nail. Police were after motor bikes for PP not bicycles. Police want to use them or get fuel and spare parts ane sale them to hardware vendors

  5. Bolingo says:

    Not over 300 bikes but over 1000 bikes timasowe nd podutsa pomwe,

  6. Mlakho says:

    Ife alomwe ndife mbuli geni yathu ndi njinga basi.

  7. wakale says:

    Police,well done you are saving lives of these unqualified cyclists…how many people have we lost because of kabaza????ask police in mzuzu to give you their records.osamangoti,atumbuka,alomwe for what we are all malawians…

  8. Wisdom khwalala says:

    it’s true that these bicycle riders don’t abides to road laws, but it’s my request that the police officers should just find other ways of treating them than confiscating their bicycles.. It’s they earn of living…Our Government can’t employ all Malawians because of it’s limited resources and it’s not that all who are uneducated. involves in this business, some educated ones…

  9. So far says:

    This government is creating no job since they started rulling this nation.the kabaza work to eat no development.

  10. Tengupenya says:

    Sue the officers in their personal capacity for loss of business if they continue keeping the bikes after you have paid the fines.

  11. Apatseni njinga zawo anthuni.

  12. Katalo says:


  13. mike bumbwe says:


  14. Penjaninge says:

    To say atumbuka akut sangagwire ntchito,thats stupid..kumene sangagwire,sangafananenso nd achewa mbuli ngat inu..ngat mmatchula reserve bank kut nd nyumba ya apolisi nde kut pali nzeru apa?

  15. Masasa says:

    because of “wrong parking” and and “unprofessional driving” therefore you had to deprive some hard-working brother from earning and supporting his life and his family?
    What a stupid mind some of the people in Malawi’s police force have. Also, the local political leaders – where are they? They need to step in and help their community to get back to work. They police should release all these bikes.
    So much taxes we have to pay now… where will the government get the money if these individuals are not allowed to their part in the building of the economy.
    Only we, Malawians, can change this. We need some action, please.

  16. Wllly Kaslsi says:

    APolice mupitenso kunsewu wa Mitundu-Bunda turn off mukaone mmene amayendera ankhuni ndi makala amabowa zedi!!!

  17. Previous comment was from Thokozani Sonke NOT JJJ Sonke

  18. NYAU says:

    Amati Ndi Ophunzira Sangagwire Ntchito Izi…Amatero Atumbuka!!

  19. Bessam Kapuma says:

    That’s Nyondo system.

  20. J.J.J.Sonke says:

    i think this is bad. I talked to a kabaza man last week and he told me how corrupt the police are on the same issue. They take time to give back the bicycles and the police have even joined the business. kodi anthu azidya chani tsopano? tawapatseni njinga zawo, akaba mumawaonbela, ndiye atani tsopano?

  21. mariana says:

    Pepani a njala ya chaka ichi ka muryengechi bana bakwithu. As mukumanya chakuchita apa na.

  22. vendort says:

    There are no kabaza operators in katoto because its the closest location to town. But police are justifies anthu awa amapangitsa ngozi they dont know malamulo ap mseu

  23. ujeni says:

    This bicycles bring more chaos to the small roads we have, coupled with our mentality of not adhering to roads rules its complete jungle law.

  24. ujeni says:

    Poverty, what type of business is that?

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