Since about three years ago, there have been elongated queues at ZUPCO terminus, water sources, passport offices, fuel stations and others around Zimbabwe suggesting there are shortages of those services and or goods.
Transport has been one of the services in short supply as the ZUPCO buses and commuter omnibuses (kombis) are not enough to meet the demand.
The citizenry also queued for LP gas, fuel, water, passports and many other services. See pictures below.
Commenting on queues at the bus terminus, some said if ZUPCO is failing, the government must allow the return of private transport operators.
The government banned kombis in 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus and is adamant they will never come back on the road.
Kombis were accused of causing chaos by ferrying people from undesignated sites and the ban was issued as a measure to curb the transmission of the coronavirus.
Some argue that the queues at ZUPCO terminus render the COVID-19-induced lockdown meaningless.
While the fuels shortage issue seems to be normalising, the issue of passports is still unresolved with the Registrar-General’s office still struggling to clear the backlog that dates back to 2018.
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