Zimbabwe: Transport blues – Government says it has the commuting public at heart

The government says it is developing relevant regulations to liberalize the public transport sector.

Speaking to reporters at a post-ministerial press conference in Harare on Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government had the interests of the traveling public at heart, hence the decision to introduce new public transport systems.

“These will include licensing of operators on any given route. The regulations will go a long way in mitigating the plight of urban commuters,” Mutsvangwa said.

She added: ‘The Government takes this opportunity to assure citizens that it has the interests of the traveling public at heart and will extend all its efforts to ensure the situation is rapidly improved.’

The transport crisis in urban areas has worsened in the past two weeks after police launched a crackdown on unauthorized vehicles commonly known as mushikashika

Commuters in urban areas found themselves stranded, spending hours in queues waiting for transport while others risked their lives and traveled on the roofs of buses.

Some were forced to walk long distances to and from work as ZUPCO buses could not keep up with demand.

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