http://ncercc.co.uk/theory/attachment Zimbabweans Express Outrage As ZRP Announces ZWL$2,000 Fine For Those Caught Boarding IIIegal Transport
Zimbabweans expressed outrage after the Zimbabwe Republic Police announced that commuters who board buses, kombis and mushikashika vehicles which are not registered under the ZUPCO fanchise now risk fines of $2 000 per head.
As the police step up operations against illegal transport operators, 200 passengers were reportedly arrested yesterday for boarding unregistered transport while more than 20 buses were impounded.
By end of day yesterday, of the 200 commuters arrested, 179 allegedly paid fines pegged at $2 000.
Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the development and urged commuters to use ZUPCO registered buses
“Police are urging people to use ZUPCO registered buses only to avoid being arrested,” said Insp Mwanza.
He said the police will continue to impound and arrest illegal buses, Mushikashika vehicles and their passengers.
Zimbabweans are, however, not happy about the new enforcement as they argue that the reason why they opt to use mushikashika it’s because ZUPCO has failed to meet demand.
Social media critics said the government’s move was unjustified and unfair.
They urged government to allow private transport operators back on the roads so that they can cater for the general public who find themselves stranded on a daily basis due to shortage of ZUPCO transport. Here are some of the reactions from Twitter;
Zupco is overwhelmed. It’s not a secret. Instead of finding ways and methods to fix that they are doing the exact opposite. Worsening the situation. When you think they have done the worst, they break new ground. Lower than lowest. Apa schools are opening.Yuhwi zvangu🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿
— Rich Auntie To Be👑🥱🤑 (@saloe2398) September 2, 2021
Urban transport ipi? I’m getting home at 8pm everyday coz ma zupco mashoma please. Urban transport ipi?? Queueing for 3plus hours here? Urban transport?? Let’s not even talk about public hospitals 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/LAtHYki2py
— TariroYangu (@IAmMagumbo) September 2, 2021
.@edmnangagwa your government banned combi’s but your ZUPCO’s can’t meet people’s transport needs. Now you want to punish people for trying to get home when stranded. How much more do people have to suffer before you stop making these mad decisions? @nickmangwana @goraprince15 pic.twitter.com/EQWWeGzIcY
— Nicolate Gwati (@NicolateGwati) September 2, 2021
Has the government of Zimbabwe addressed the transport crisis? If Zupco buses were readily available for the commuting public, I don’t think Mushikashikas will be ferrying people. Punishing the commuting public on government shortcomings is a bit insensitive. This is a wrong move pic.twitter.com/PvpKqMm5GO
— Linda Tsungirirai Masarira (@lilomatic) September 2, 2021
The government must address the issue of transport first not punishing citizens. It’s not a secret that the Zupcos are failing to contain the numbers ,there is a huge improvement needed towards transport availability.There are places where you can’t even find a Zupco.🙏🏻🇿🇼
— Futurist🇿🇼 (@WaltJackman) September 2, 2021
Amanaka hatizi kutodawo kukwira mushikashika. I mean they go for a dollar which is twice the amount charged by Zupco. But kutozamawo kuda kusvika kugraft on time ndipihwe tumaRTGS twacho, that I will lose trying to change to forex inotenga. Then you take 2000 of it for what???
— faraimoyo (@vamadhehwa) September 2, 2021
This is rubbish..zupco yenyu haikwane but they’re not aware of this coz of their luxury lifestyles..people wait in long queues for hours!! https://t.co/XIMHA11A6Z
— Cheese Bae (@PettylilRi) September 2, 2021
So much, so much productive time is being wasted in ZUPCO queues. Now that schools have opened, the buses are now few and in the morning, commuters in other areas have to wait for an hour or so just waiting for the buses, even more after work. This ZUPCO monopoly is a pain.
— Dyson Murwira (@DysonMurwira) September 2, 2021
Stop this monopoly of Zupco
You are failing to transport people abahlali are left stranded daily not to talk about PWDs struggling to access your buses
Competition is healthy
Give us a choice of Zupco and Registered kombis
Infact Bulawayo had the most orderly transport system
— Tarie_ Eva (@eva_tarie) September 2, 2021
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