By Trevor Makonyonga
The Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) president, Tafadzwa Goriati has implored on the need for commuter omnibuses to be allowed to operate under an association of own choice.
Goriati said this whilst addressing the current state of transport woes in the country where Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) has been failing to meet the responsibility to ferry people to and from various destinations on time.
“We really appreciate the effort that the government has put so far in bringing back the ZUPCO urban transport system.
While the private kombis were playing a big role, this was drowned by malcontents in their system. We would appreciate them back only and only if their service is brought back under one kombi association of their choice.”
The passengers’ president also said that ZUPCO should add to their fleet to minimize the inconveniences currently being faced by passengers.
“Zupco must also increase their fleet and independent kombi operators must be compliant with government requirements to easy the transport burden being endured by travelers”.
He also challenged the monitoring of passengers at bus termini and gave suggestions on what has to be done during the COVID 19 including the provision of running water.
“Passengers Association of Zimbabwe is concerned with the fact that ZUPCO passengers are not wearing facemasks correctly and at times they are not sanitized. Furthermore, temperature checks must be made. In addition, all bus termini must have running water as an effective means of sanitizing commuters,” he added.
The transport situation in the country has heavily deteriorated since the ban of kombis with commuters having to rely on private cars and ZUPCO.