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Commuters mugging on the increase

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By Vasco Chaya

STAFF WRITER

CASES of commuters being robbed and mugged are on the increase in major towns and cities, police have revealed.

This comes as commuters are getting home at night as they spend a lot of time in Zupco bus queues.

The government is still to lift a ban on the kombis, leaving the incapacitated state owned bus company with the monopoly to ferry commuters during the national coronavirus lockdown. 

“Police have noted the occurrence of robbery cases in cities such as Harare, Bulawayo and others as some potential commuters are being targeted by criminals after disembarking from Zupco buses and private vehicles,” national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said. “Members of the public are urged not to travel late at night, avoid boarding private vehicles which are pirating and obviously not observing lockdown measures. They should avoid secluded places and be security conscious. Police and other security services have since intensified patrols in the said areas.”

Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) president Tafadzwa Goliati said government should consider the need to revoke Zupco monopoly and allow other private players to chip in. “The government should consider allowing private players to help Zupco in ferrying passengers to serve the situation,” Goliati said.

Zupco acting chief executive officer Evaristo Madangwa recently told this publication that the state run bus company had reintroduced 500 kombis that were using the Zupco franchising back into the system to alleviate transport challenges.

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