Temba Mliswa has demanded that the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport urgently review the recent hike in tollgate fees by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA).
The outspoken Mliswa, who is the Member of Parliament for Norton (Independent) and a former ZANU PF provincial chairman, said Zimbabweans are not cattle that you can drive wherever you wish without their resistance. He said:
The relevant Parly Committee should look into this sudden ZINARA tariff hike. We are not cattle that you push into the dip at your will and whim.
Just waking up and announcing new charges without any consultation is wrong. Let’s have respect for people and pre-plan these things.
Yesterday the Transport Ministry gazetted a statutory instrument that implements the new toll fees denominated in US dollars and converted at auction rates.
The new tariffs were announced by Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Mthuli Ncube in the Budget and came into effect on 29th January 2021.
The USD tariffs are; light motor vehicles US$2, minibuses US$3, buses US$4, heavy trucks US$5 and haulage trucks US$10.
In Zimbabwe dollar terms, the new tariffs are; light motor vehicle $164, minibuses $246, buses $330, heavy trucks $410 and haulage trucks $820.