Bring back kombis, Byo councillors tell govt

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BULAWAYO city fathers have appealed to the government to reverse its decision to ban private commuter omnibuses from the city.

Following the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19), the government moved to outlaw private commuter omnibus operators, allowing only the State-owned Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) to operate, a move that had so far been met with mixed feelings.

A latest council report indicated that city fathers want the ban lifted.
The government has since indicated that there was no going back in its new transport policy.

“Councillor Donald Mabuto did not support central government’s decision to allow only Zupco to provide public transport. Central government was supposed to allow other players as well. Subsidised fuel garages should be opened for organised public transport associations so as to render them viable in business. Public transport through public transport associations had employed a lot of residents.’’

In May, commuter omnibus owners operating under the Tshova Mubaiwa Transport Co-operative Company in Bulawayo approached the High Court challenging the Zupco monopoly.

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