Opposition Alliance Charles Milupi has pleaded with Government not to phase out mini- buses as it will leave many families that depend on transport business in destitution.
Government says Toyata Hiace will not be allowed to operate after 1st January 2018 because they do not provide passenger safety.
Transport Minister Brian Mushimba urged bus operators to purchase standard Rosa size commuters that have seat belts.
But Milupi wondered whether Rosa size commuters do not get involved in road mishaps.
He said statistically, big buses have caused more accidents than small buses.
Milupi insisted that it will be arbitrary for the Patriotic Front (PF) regime to replace mini-buses as many Zambians may not afford to acquire bigger buses.
He said it is likely that some senior PF officials want to benefit by bringing in state of the art machines.
He expressed concern that the PF government is killing small scale businesses in the country.
The Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD) leader reminded the governing party that the bus drivers they are tormenting today propelled late Michael Sata to victory as they were main campaigners of the PF while in opposition.
“How can a government that cares for the people think of replacing mini-buses with bigger buses. We can at least understand if it involved long distant trips not short distant journeys . Where do they think these bus drivers will get the money to get big buses from? Let us be considerate and show concern for the poor people,” he said, ” It is possible there is corruption here. Someone in PF wants to make big money.”
Milupi said mini-buses are everywhere the world over but wondered what benefits the Zambian government has seen in phasing out minibuses.