Commuter Omnibus (Kombi) owners have appealed for government intervention and regulation of the industry citing the harsh operating environment. This comes at a time when kombis have raised their fares from $0.50 to between $0.75 and $1.00. Bulawayo based Tshova Mubaiwa Marketing’s Managing Director Mr Ndaba Mabunda said,
We are the oldest transport association in the city and perhaps the country. We have established good relations with our customers and we understand that in as much as we are suffering, they also bear the brunt of the situation caused by the state of the economy. So in our action, we need to take into account that we find a solution that will serve both of us. The situation is tough out there and a number of kombi owners have ceased operations due to the tough environment. Our only hope now is for the Second Republic to help us and regulate our industry.