GOVERNMENT has directed law enforcement agencies to establish the root cause of gruesome killings of taxi drivers to provide a solution to the problem.
Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu said in an interview yesterday that the Government had noted with concern the increasing number of taxi drivers being killed for merely trying to earn themselves a decent life.
"Government is very saddened to learn that taxi drivers who are merely trying to earn themselves a decent life are being killed while on duty," he said.
Mr Lungu said the State was also concerned over the nation's future following reports that some people linked to the killing of taxi drivers were youths.
"As Government we are also worried that such crimes are being committed by young people mostly below the age of 25 and if this is allowed to continue, it means our country may not have reputable leaders in future," he said.
The minister advised youths to uphold values of peace and unity so as to achieve a brighter future for the nation.
He urged taxi drivers to be cautious and wary of unscrupulous individuals whose sole motive was to cause harm.
Last month, Mathew Chipili was brutally killed by assailants who gouged out his left eye and removed his tongue before going away with the taxi he was driving in Lusaka.
In Kabwe, a taxi driver was brutally murdered and his body dumped in the bush near the Kabwe-Lusaka Road.
The driver, identified as Gift Tembo, was discovered near Makombe area on Kabwe-Lusaka Road with deep cuts on his neck.
Before that, two taxi drivers were killed in the same town while another one was murdered in Kapiri Mposhi and his body dumped in a disused well.