Mongu council, faction groups fight over control of markets, bus stations

By Staff Reporter

 

A serious confusion is brewing in Mongu over the management of markets and bus stations in the district.

Barotseland Imilemas, a clique of the defunct Linyungandambo secession group announced on Radio Lyambai that it had taken over the running of all the markets and bus stations in Western Province and that all levies would be receipted by them.

The reason for this move according to Barotseland Imilemas is that both the UPND run councils and the PF government have failed to run the markets and bus stations in the region.

However, Mongu Municipal Council has issued a counter statement that it was taking over the running of Mongu Main bus station and that any unauthorised persons receiving levies at the station would be dealt with by the law.

This drama came about after the PF cadres recently attempted to take over the running of Mongu Main Bus station which was resisted by both the Council and UPND, leading to clashes between the two rival political camps.

The move by the PF cadres to run the Mongu Main bus station and the market is believed to have been motivated by ‘sour grapes’ following the PF’s loss of  the bloody Sesheke Parliamentary by-election on 12th February, 2019.