Tension has ensued in Limbe as two groups are fighting for authority over minibus depots popularly known as ‘Migodi’ since Sunday this week.
A visit by The Daily Times to Limbe Market where people board minibuses going to Blantyre CBD and Manje was welcomed by police officers and minibus callboys crowded.
Apparently, every main minibus depot in Blantyre has a person who collects money from minibus owner picking people from the said depot.
The overseer has minibus callboys who collect money on his behalf.
Speaking in an interview at the depot, Stanley Nkhoma, who called himself the secretary for Minibus Callers Association said people who claim to be MCP supporters want to take over the authority because their leader is now ruling the country.
“On Sunday, we saw people claiming to be MCP supporters wanting to remove us from the depots and we were wondering because we have never seen this. This group is being led by someone called Karen and Mhango.
“We tried to sit down with them but the one Karen disturbed the meeting saying they have received a directive from above and we tried to go to police but they just sent us off,” Nkhoma said.
Blantyre City Council Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda said they will investigate the incidences.
“We do not know about it as a city council,and what we know is that we are the only ones with legal mandate to manage bus depots so if there is anyone taking advantage of minibus operators forcing them to give money, we will investigate and take action,” Kasunda explained.
Apart from roadside bus depots, main depots such as Limbe also have overseers who collect money from minibus operators on a daily basis.
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