A Harare man, Mathias Gore of Glen Norah C, died yesterday after being allegedly manhandled by touts as he tried to board a Mutare bound bus nearRoadport Bus Terminus. Gore, who was on his way to Mocambique with his wife was also robbed of his wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash and personal documents, including his passport.
Gore’s neighbour, Simbarashe Mandivanzira, said:
When we arrived, some touts and conductors from a bus company called Smart Express started harassing and dragging Mr Gore in a bid to force him to board their bus, but he refused.
We later boarded a bus from a company called Bodyguard and while in the bus, he informed his wife that he couldn’t breathe properly. We took him off the bus and removed the shoes and he passed on a few minutes later.
Mr Gore’s widow, Leticia said her husband was diabetic and hypertensive.
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident saying:
The ZRP would like to express condolences to the family of the deceased and we want to make it clear that we are going to ensure that no bus or commuter omnibus would be allowed to pick up passengers from this area. We are going to engage the Harare Municipality and also direct them to ensure that this rank is abolished forthwith.
On a daily basis we arrest about 30 touts and most of them are taken to court where they are made to pay fines.
We are appealing for all stakeholders in the judiciary system to ensure that deterrent penalties are instituted so that this tout menace is dealt with once and for all.