The government today announced what is says are the new kombis. An article in the government owned publication, The Herald said that commuter omnibus operators had hiked fares without any justification. The governement said the following fares will apply:
- Less than 10km: $1
- 11km – 20km: $2
- 21 km and above: $3
Government has not said how the fares were agreed to by the commuter omnibus operators whom it met in Harare yesterday. It did not however say how it will ensure that these are the fares that are actually charged on the ground as kombis are owned by may different individuals and pricing is usually determined by the kombi crew depending on various factors currently outside government’s control.
Kombis are privately owned minibuses used for commuting in Zimbabwe as the governments own public transport company, ZUPCO, has failed to provide the services.
Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana:
Government has noted with concern a creeping profiteering streak by commuter omnibus operators, who are taking advantage of the disturbances in the past few days to overcharge commuters itching to go about their day-to-day activities, despite the rebate in excise duty for fuel extended to them by Government being in place
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