Police in Ntcheu have urged bicycle taxis (kabaza) operators to observe road traffic regulations when plying their trade to reduce road accidents in the district.
The police have made the call after statistics indicated that kabaza operators contribute to the escalation of road accidents in the district due to negligence, drunkenness and other malpractices on the road.
Speaking during a meeting between the two parties organised by police, Ntcheu Police Station traffic department in-charge Mwisho Mvula observed that most operators conduct their business while drunk, an act he said is against the laws of Malawi.
He warned the operators that the law will take its course on offenders.
“As police, we have the responsibility of safeguarding people’s lives through enforcement of the law; hence, we will not fold our arms and watch you misbehave on the road,” said Mvula.
Speaking at the same meeting, Ntcheu Police community policing coordinator Nicholas Mwalwanda urged the kabaza operators to assist the police in the battle against crime in the district.
Mwalwanda noted that some use the kabaza for criminal activities with the operators’ full knowledge. Therefore, he urged them to report such criminals to police for action.