Govt On Prospects Of Commuter Omnibuses Returning On The Road

The Minister of Local Government, July Moyo has poured cold water on prospects of commuter omnibuses (combis) returning on the road ever again.

Moyo said that the plan was to revive the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) so as to do away with chaos in cities which combies created. He said:

So the plan is to make sure that we strengthen urban bus transportation through Zupco so that we can bring sanity to the operations.

This is the trend in almost all countries. This informality about urban transport creates chaos in the CBD area. We are only going to see combis on the road through Zupco for now, until we deal with Covid-19.

Moyo also said that commuter omnibuses will likely be operating under the ZUPCO brand hence the need to register with the company.

He added that banning commuter omnibuses when “you have your kombi at home, it is no good.” Meanwhile, Tshova Mubaiwa chairperson, Mr Atlas Moyo said their members have made a resolution not to operate under Zupco adding that they are a registered organisation.

Commuter omnibus operators and local government authorities’ police, especially in Harare, have on several occasions clashed over the loading of people at undesignated points.

More: The Sunday Mail

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