Police must deal with errant kombi operators
EDITOR — It was interesting to note that the police descended heavily on private commuter operators who
have now flooded our roads without the requisite permits, especially now that the coronavirus (Covid-19)
cases keep going up.
Zimbabwe has recorded 9 046 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 265 deaths, according to Health ministry figures released end of day on Thursday.
The rising cases are clear evidence that there is something we are not doing properly, thus compromising our capacity to deal with the deadly virus.
All along, the country had appeared to be on top of the situation despite the resource constraints evident all around us. One of the major reasons for the spike in cases has clearly been complacency, with most people accusing the police of failing to deal with pirate commuter omnibuses plying our roads, often overloaded and which the government has not yet cleared to operate.
The police, as law enforcement agents, must continue to be vigilant on the roads, dealing with anyone who may want to operate outside existing laws and regulations.
We need to support the police in their endeavours to deal with illegal kombis. We may cry foul when we face challenges of transport but we should be quick to ask ourselves whether the kombis are part of the solution and at what cost given their attitude towards the police, let alone failure to adhere to laid-down measures.
Chirombo Weee. Mvuma.