Transport woes resurface

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By Nyasha Nhau
TRANSPORT challenges have resurfaced in urban areas following the ban on commuter bus operators by
government during the lockdown.
During interviews by Zim Community News in Harare conducted at the Charge office, Copacabana,
Fourth Street and Market Square ranks, commuters complained that they would only get home around
9pm due to failure by the Zupco buses to cope with the demand.
In Chitungwiza commuters revealed that they were waking up as early in the morning to get to work in
“We are waking up as early as 4am so that they could to get to work in time and we are coming back
home after 10 pm,” said an elderly woman in St Marys.
The current transport crises was a result of a recent government directive that only allowed Zupco buses
while banning private commuter omnibus operators.
The ongoing fuel shortages have made the situation worse.
Under the new policy, only Zupco and those franchised by Zupco can provide public transport.
Last week at least 294 privately-owned buses and kombis were recently cleared by the Central
Mechanical and Equipment Department (CMED) to join the Zupco franchise.
CMED in the past week inspected 326 buses and kombis and 294 passed the test and 221 drivers were
also tested and 197 of them passed.
More kombi and bus owners are expected to bring their vehicles to CMED for tests as Zupco continues
to accept applications.

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