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Bleak festive season awaits as private transport operators continue hiking fees.

by BustopTV

By Lloyd Takawira
Despite the government has promised to provide affordable transport to the commuting public, an all gloomy festive season looks certain as private transporters keep hiking fares.
A survey carried by this publication revealed that commuter omnibuses have more than doubled their fares across major cities.

While responding to questions in Parliament last week, Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza was quick to defend the governments’ approach to the transportation problems.
He said government had since put both rural and urban long distance buses under the Zupco scheme to ensure the public has safer reliable and affordable transport.
“The Government is sensitive to the plight of the passengers to the extent that it has put in place a program of acquiring new buses that will ply urban and rural routes,”said Matiza.
However, a cross section of commuters who spoke to this reporter expressed displeasure at the way the transport system is being handled.
“I’m told there is a ZUPCO bus kubva pano paMbare kuenda Gweru zvino ratoenda” said Tinoda a Gweru resident who had visited his uncles in Harare.
” Kwedu kuChitungwiza sezvauri kungoona mavhu nemarara evanhu mabhazi mashoma aya shamwari yangu , ikozvino Combi ZW$15 bond kuenda kudzoka ZW$15 , unoibepi , unenge uchitambira mari” says Maynard a St Mary’s resident.
“hameno Kuti Christmas tofamba here transport yacho ikungokwira apa maZUPCO tongomanzwa pa ZTV , kuti ngaachiuya pa road hapana ” said Naledi a Domboshava resident.
Resident today woke up to their shock as Harare Kuwadzana route was costing for ZW$10 whilst Harare Chitungwiza was costing as much as ZW$12.

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