Malawi Police ban Kabaza from operating at night

Malawi Police in cenytrak region district of Ntcheu have restricted bicycle taxi operators popularly known as Kabaza from operating at night in a bid to curb road accidents.

Police meeting Kabaza oeprators in Ntcheu

The district has of late witnessed an increase of fatal road accidents, mostly involving Kabaza. In January alone law enforcers registered a total of seven accidents involving bicycle taxis, three of them were fatal.

On Thursday the law-enforcers engaged the Kabaza operators with an aim of civic educating them on road procedures and safety measures.

The meeting held at Ntcheu police ground was patronized by Traffic Inspectors Mwisho Mvula and Samuel Phiri who took turns to educate the bicycle operators.

It was during the meeting when it was agreed that with effect from February 16th, no Kabaza operator will be allowed to operate beyond 6pm.

It was agreed that they will be allowed to ply their trade from 6am to 6pm. This has come as a result of increased complaints to police against the Kabaza operators.

The district has total of 560 bicycle taxi operators most of them plying their trade within Mphate trading centre. It was observed during the meeting that most of these operators have no knowledge of how to conduct themselves on the roads.

According to police Publicist, Hastings Chigalu people have been complaining recently of criminal activities involving the bicycle operators.

“They take advantage of the darkness. They have been robbing their clients and even raping female customers. We are investigating to establish if indeed it’s the bicycle operators committing these crimes or its other criminals who took advantage of bicycle taxing,” said Chigalu.

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7 years ago

So these Kabaza operators are to be banned, regardless of whether they are operating with lights, showing knowledge of how to behave on the roads. The good are being punished with the bad, and the public needing public transport are punished too. Where is the sense in that?

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
7 years ago

After banning bicycle operators from operating at night what have you put in place for the majority poor to be using to reach their destinations where no minibuses ply their trade? The rich can afford to hire a motorcycle, tricycle, car or even a helicopter to rich their house but now the majority poor will be forced to walk on foot passing the deadly graveyards to rich their destinations. The police should thus help minibus or tricycle operators who are pelted with stones when they try to pick passengers on routes which these Kabaza operators rely on. The district police… Read more »

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