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Friday, 11 August 2017 13:55

We are going nowhere- LL minibus drivers

Written by  Andrew Ndhlovu

Lilongwe, August 11: Minibus drivers operating the routes of Dowa, Salima and Kasungu from Lilongwe have put their foot down on moving away from their current parking space behind Lilongwe Bus Depot until city council finds them a convenient alternative place.

The drivers are refusing to relocate to new place near Banja La Mtsogolo Clinic in Falls Estate which the council had identified for them.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday, one of drivers Simeon Simpephile said they are not moving to the place because the place is not convenient for business.

“The place is too small that it cannot even accommodate thirty minibuses,” Simpephile said.

He further said does not even belong to city council but to the people of Falls Estate residences in the city.

One of the residents around the suggested place John Kenamu said the decision by Lilongwe City Council to relocate the minibus depot near their homes is not a good idea as it can put their lives in danger.

“As residents we are not supporting that move. Imagine the number of minibuses coming here to do their businesses. Allowing them to come closer to our homes will be putting our children’s lives in danger because of accidents,” Kenamu said.

Efforts to get a say from the city council through its spokesperson Tamara Chafunya yielded no results as she could not pick up calls.

The minibus operators have been at loggerheads with the city council on the relocation issue which came up because of the newly constructed shops closer to the current parking space.



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