Don’t use trucks, cadres told

By Nation Reporter

As UPND ferried cadres from Lusaka and other provinces to Chongwe for their rally, the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has said trucks and open vans are inappropriate modes of transport for human beings, RTSA senior public relation manager Fred Mubanga has said political parties should find alternative modes of transporting their cadres to political rallies in the campaigns leading to the August 11 general elections.

Mr Mubanga said yesterday that political parties should consider buses to transport their cadres to meetings.

Mr Mubanga  said trucks and open vans were meant for transporting goods and not human beings.

He said RTSA was planning a consultative meeting with poitical parties to look at road safety.

“While we would like political parties to campaign as much as they can, they should desist from using trucks and open vans. Those are not conducive for transporting human beings, they are meant for transporting goods,” Mr Mubanga said.

He said RTSA wanted to see an accident-free campaign ahead of the August 11 general elections.

The UPND kicked off their official campaigns yesterday with trucks belonging to their deputy president for administration, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, transporting cadres from Lusaka to Chongwe.

The UPND cadres also disregarded fuel service station regulations of disembarking when a motor vehicle is drawing fuel.

“We are planning a consultative meeting to look into road safety during the campaign. We are putting in place logistics and we shall be calling political parties,” he said.

The official campaign period for civic elections, members of Parliament and the Presidency started yesterday and will end on August 10, a day before the polls which will include a referendum.

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