An investigation into inter-party conflicts in bus stations in Zambia. a study of selected bus stations in Lusaka.
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The aim of the study was to investigate inter party conflicts in Zambia with a focus on selected bus stations in Lusaka Central. The study was guided by the following objectives: determine the source of conflicts in bus stations in Lusaka Central, assess how conflicts are managed in bus stations in Lusaka Central, identify challenges leading to conflicts in bus stations in Lusaka central and establish strategies of managing conflicts in bus stations in Lusaka central. The study was qualitative in nature and was guided by a descriptive survey design. Data was collected through the use of interviews. The study established that: the local government had left the running of the bus stations to the political cadres; Bus stations had become campaign platforms for the political parties; that the prevalence of acts of violence in bus stations were being perpetuated by political cadres on account of revenue collections; that the various associations in these bus stations were under the control of the political conditions from the ruling party in government; that the local authority-Lusaka city council did not have a say in the running of the bus stations in Lusaka central and also that the other political parties were not allowed to freely conduct their business. The study concludes that the current inter party conflicts in selected bus stations in Lusaka central has become a centre of political competition due to its perceived rewards through revenue collections, political and economic as empowerment to its perpetrators. The study recommends that: Lusaka City Council LCC as mandated by the law should take over the running of the bus stations in Lusaka Central. Bus stations should be free from political interference by the politicians or the party in power. The study recommends also that bus stations should not be used as campaign platforms for political parties but a place for business to all the people regardless of their political affiliations.
The University of Zambia