By Andrew Nyondo
Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda has told Parliament that government is introducing a deliberate policy to allow Kabaza operators be trained and certified both at district and Traditional Authority levels. The Mininister says, the development follows a booming of unlicenced Kabaza operators in rural areas, where numerous accidental deaths were reported.
He said: “We are coming up with decentralisation policy where by kabaza operators will be undergoing training at both district and Traditional Authority levels at a reduced fee. The Ministry of Transport will arrange a programme to train Kabaza operators and certify them. This will also reduce costs for operators because trainings will be offered at a reduced fee.”
The Minister was responding to questions from Members of Parliament (MPs), who wanted to know challenges which unregulated Kabaza operators are facing in their localities.
Government wants the Kabaza industry be regulated as one way of reducing accidental deaths. Statistics indicate that over 800 people were killed in motocycle accidents between 2019 and 2020.