On 16th February 2022, Patriotic Front – PF Facebook page published an article alleging that the UPND’s New Dawn Government had demolished mobile money booths operating in Kabwe district. The report followed a combined exercise by Kabwe Municipal Council, Zambia Railways and Zambia Police Service.
The fact checking process has determined as misleading the claim by Patriotic Front – PF Facebook page that the UPND government had demolished mobile money booths in Kabwe. A fact check by iVerify established that the demolished mobile money booths and other small trading places were operating around the railway crossing area leading into Kabwe’s Central Business District. The iVerify team consulted the Railways Act, a legislation that establishes that all encroachments around the line of rail are a violation of the Railways Act which prohibits anybody to erect or operate structures within 50 meters on either side of the Railway line or any land beyond the 50-meter radius that is owned by Zambia Railways. In another statement obtained by iVerify, the Kabwe Municipal Council stated that the combined operation was conducted to ensure the safety of vendors and road decongestion at Kabwe rail crossing point. Therefore, the combined operation exercise by Kabwe Municipal Council, Zambia Railways and Zambia Police Service to demolish booths around the railway crossing area in Kabwe is not an action by the UPND, but an act of demolition sanctioned under the Railways Act on encroachment.