Harare police blitz nets 500 vehicles

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Zimbabwe Republic Police members check on commuter omnibus in an operation along Kaguvi Street in Harare yesterday

TRAFFIC police and Harare City Council have impounded at least 500 vehicles including commuter omnibuses and pirate taxis in an operation targeting suspected robbers since Friday, NewsDay has leant.

BY MOSES MATENGA
STAFF REPORTER

The operation, code-named “No to robbers and traffic violators”, is meant to rid the city of illegal activities conducted using public transport in Harare.
Several robbery cases in the city have been committed by criminals using public transport vehicles.

As a result of the blitz, the few commuter omnibuses that remained on the roads doubled their fares on all the major arteries that feed into the capital.
The unilateral increases in bus fares resulted in a trip from Harare to Chinhoyi, which usually costs $3 doubling to $6 while other commuters were paying up to $2 for the Harare-Norton route. Some local routes cost up to $1 one way.

Kombi drivers alleged that their employers demanded they met high targets as schools open because they knew pupils would be travelling.

The blitz caused a transport crisis with commuters seen milling around usual pick-up points while the cat-and-mouse game continued between kombi drivers and the police.

Residents said the police and council were only interested in launching operations without assessing their impact.

But Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi yesterday said: “This is in line with our vision of becoming a world-class city by 2025 and we will do anything possible to achieve that.”

Impounded vehicles were being vetted yesterday. Those meeting requirements were released.

Some of the offences were obstructing traffic, driving unregistered vehicles, invalid licence discs and under-age driving of public transport vehicles. Unregistered cellphone and laptop vendors were also targeted in the blitz.

Police confirmed the blitz, but did not give details.

The blitz followed a series of several such operations since 2010 that have, however, failed to address the situation.

Combined Harare Residents Association chairman Simbarashe Moyo said: “They (operations) will just go down as the other operations and there is a possibility that they want to fleece the public of its hard-earned cash. Have they assessed the impact because it’s useless and not sustainable? Where is the money going to? Their operations mean nothing if there are no results on the ground.”

Commuter omnibus operators said the police and council should not deal ruthlessly with kombis as the business was a source of livelihood for many people.

8 COMMENTS

  1. These have always failed, and it will fail again. MDC T Council, why are you persecuting us. You are not any different from the people you accused in the first place if not worse. u recycle same old archaic strategies. haa, plz be practical.

    • iwe, the councillors are mdc but the management is hardcore zanu pf. i know your next question. why does the mdc councillors fired these hardcore zanu senior management. ans: chombo will not allow that.

  2. Police should also monitor on the fares which are being charged to innocent commuters. The blitz is for unroadworth vehicles and other offences. If your vehicle is fit why should you be complaining. Vanhu vanga vajairira tumota twavo tunongoti Avondale Parirenyatwa muna L Takawira tuchikonzeresa. Lets be smart nenyika yedu please.

  3. This is one the ways they raise school fees for their kids. They launch these dubious operations collect Bribes and pay fees. The timing is always similar when schools open and towards public holidays so that they may something on the table

  4. how is that wen they launch these operations they publicise them bt they dnt publicise the results o achievments after thz operations?

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