Government Announces New Kombi Fares. Does Not Say How It Will Enforce

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:

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  • 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

More: The Herald


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Ndabaningi Nick Mangwana is a politician, political analyst, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services and a member of Zanu-PF. He was the chairperson of Zanu-PF U.K chapter. Mangwana was popular with his column View from the diaspora which is published... Read More About Nick Mangwana

Kombi is the informal name of minibuses in Zimbabwe. This is usually given to the 18 seater type which are privately owned but used for public transport in the country. They are the most popular form of public transport in Zimbabwe a result of the... Read More About Kombi

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2 comments on “Government Announces New Kombi Fares. Does Not Say How It Will Enforce

  1. This may be just a theoretical statement but the whole issue lies in taking fundamental corrective measures to restore an economy that was systematically brought down since 1980….certainly a new generation leadership can do more in restoration and not the same generation which brought it down as is the case now, we have all watched through the years honestly the unbriddled coruption; economy crumbling and leap frogging….deeping . Certainly there is need to be honesty, selflessness, think generational and above all be truly God fearing.

    1. sorry brother , i just dont understand something here , first the people just create their own exchange rate for Bond notes and USD, from 1:1 it falls dramatically to 1:6 then government intervenes and the rate is stabilized around 1:3 somewhere there right !
      because the Blackmarket rate will prevail somehow, to import fuel our Bond was actually valued around 30 cents now, and we had to adjust to suite the realities on the Ground. our Government announces the proper value of Fuel using the actual prevailing exchange rate that the public wanted, hezvo zvaipa !
      ko ndiani arikudonedza Bond racho ? hanti ndimi , now the state has just followed suite Now zvaipa ! ahhh
      vanhu chimboitai steady !
      handizive hangu zvakawanda – but apa vanhu vakuda kutamba nesu manje !

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