Passengers musn’t tolerate maniacal kombi drivers

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Once again the nation is mourning the death of accident victims caused by negligent driving after a commuter omnibus rammed into a tree along Seke Road en route to Chitungwiza from Harare on Monday, claiming 10 lives, seven on the spot.

The driver, judging from the damage to the car and eyewitness accounts, was unnecessarily speeding.

In fact, his colleagues testified that he was known for negligence and speeding.

It is a pity that these reckless drivers continue to get away with negligent driving on our roads under the watchful eye of the authorities.

What is more exasperating is that many of these drivers do not have requisite qualifications to drive public vehicles as stipulated by law.

The irony is that they pass through numerous police roadblocks without facing the wrath of the law for flouting traffic regulations.

We are aware, however, that these roadblocks are more of fundraising ventures than law enforcement activities. How else can the police explain the continued stay on our roads of unlicenced public vehicle drivers or inexperienced drivers who are under the legal age at which they are allowed to drive public vehicles?

While we acknowledge the culpability of our law enforcement agents in the carnage on our roads, we also blame passengers who let these kombi drivers drive them to death.

Why should responsible citizens allow someone to speed away from the police endangering their lives in the process? We have witnessed kombis speeding on the wrong side of one-way streets in the central business district with passengers sitting passively as if it were not their lives being toyed with.

It is high time passengers in kombis demanded their right to life by effecting citizen arrests on such errant drivers. Surely 18 people in a kombi cannot fail to effect arrest on a kombi crew of two people.

The police should raise awareness campaigns so that passengers know their rights. People are dying on the roads because they lack knowledge of their rights as passengers.

As a result they are bullied and intimidated by these unqualified public vehicle drivers who should stay away from our roads. It is time that passengers reported bad drivers to the police at numerous roadblocks along our roads.

Passengers also have the right to boycott public transport vehicles driven by lunatics. We are not advocating for violence against kombi crews; we are advocating for responsible action against errant drivers.

Citizens have the right to assist law enforcement agents in apprehending criminals masquerading as drivers of public transport vehicles.

This is the time when for once, police on the roads should work together with passengers to weed out dangerous and unqualified drivers.

Life is precious and we should not allow a few rogue elements to drive innocent passengers to death.

20 COMMENTS

  1. ah uchitobva kutaura iwe wa reporter ndiwe inenge wakuto penga vanongo bhadhara vorova pasi zvoto vharana pane pamwe pari kuto konzwera all this they know that kubhadhara nekuenda chete

  2. I have been verbally abused by kombi crews and passengers on several occassions that I have told the driver to reduce speed as they all say they will get to their destinations late if the speed is reduced.

  3. Zvinorwadza izvi. We passengers are also to blame for this. Tinenge takanyarara kuti zii panenge pachitizwa mapurisa. and at high speeds for that matter. Can the police start serious awareness campaigns to educate us on what action we can take as passengers. Otherwise tinoparara nekusaziva.

  4. Roadblocks are meant to notify, remind and/or assist “licensed motorists” of possible dangers that may occur as a result of either their negligence or lapse in concentration when behind the steering wheel.
    However, these road supervisors have over the years turned into ZRPmra. Revenue generation has become their core business.
    Unlicensed drivers, drivers with a blood composition of 85% ZED, 7% red blood cells, 5% plasma, 2% white blood cells, 1% others; are passing 16 road block scout free as long as you have $5s.
    Level of maturity by most kombi drivers and associates in cities and towns, is also disturbing.
    Local authorities are failing to tame them even in the concrete jungles, most notably, of Harare.
    Because of greediness, kombi owners, who happen to be the road supervisors also, are using any two legged person to drive their vehicles provided they meet the daily targets.
    There are clashes of interests, everywhere, due to love of MONEY.

  5. while the reporter might give a blame on the passengers, he is also failling to blame the same over the owner of these combis who employ these young guys who will not be having the correct documcents and age to drive public transport, police is also to blame for failling to enforce the law there by putting the lives of the passengers at risk.

  6. Why do cities like Vancouver, Canada or London, England or Tokyo, Japan have amazing, safe, reliable public transportation systems and Harare, Zimbabwe has a fleet of broken down, second hand mini-buses from Japan? Whose fault is it?

  7. What happened to ZUPCO? Was it similar to what happened to PSMAS? Why can’t we, as Zimbabweans, put an end to corruption and make our nation a beautiful, safe place.

    Just look at some small towns, where there is no green grass along the side of the road. The roads are eroding. Cars of driving off of the roads endangering the pedestrians to avoid potholes. A lot of the buildings in the small towns and growth points look ugly, are unfinished and are just embarrasing.

    I would love to see Zimbabwe look beautiful all over the country, with rural disctrict councils, towns and cities having standards, no corruption and great service delivery.

  8. What happened to ZU-PCO? Was it similar to what happened to PS-MAS? Why can’t we, as Zimbab-weans, put an end to corruption and make our nation a beautiful, safe place.

    Just look at some small towns, where there is no green grass along the side of the road. The roads are eroding. Cars of driving off of the roads endangering the pedestrians to avoid potholes. A lot of the buildings in the small towns and growth points look ugly, are unfinished and are just embarrasing.

    I would love to see Zimbab-we look beautiful all over the country, with rural disctrict councils, towns and cities having standards, no corruption and great service delivery.

  9. What happened to ZU-PCO? Was it similar to what happened to PS-MAS? Why can’t we, as Zimbab-weans, put an end to corru-ption and make our nation a beautiful, safe place.

    Just look at some small towns, where there is no green grass along the side of the road. The roads are eroding. Cars of driving off of the roads endangering the pedestrians to avoid potholes. A lot of the buildings in the small towns and growth points look ug-ly, are unfinished and are just embarrasing.

    I would love to see Zimbab-we look beautiful all over the country, with rural disctrict councils, towns and cities having standards, no corruption and great service delivery.

  10. iyezvino kwane mawhats app, tipei manumbers anogara ari active totsvitsa zvichemo zvedu. Makombi mazhinji anokonzeresa anonobhadhara kumapurisa kuti vasamiswa ivavo ndovanomhanya, vanozadza vanhu zvisiri pamutemo and pane mukana wavo wokuti driver anotyaira mota asina mapapers akakwana nokuti mari yakanobhadharwa. tese tine mhosva zvakanaka kana pasina afa. zvandafarira kusunga wacho muridzi wemakombi zviri right so that achaita tighten his or her supervision yemota dzake.

  11. The pain is just unprintable! Lack of advanced communication is failing us. But, I can repeat but the police must be upright in applying their duties especially on the public transport operators. When a Combi is stopped at a road block, u will find out the conductor jumps out and goes to the police. Does the conductor have any licence. A big NO. We must have a police national number where by if there is any wrong doing by the driver passengers can call that number and it should be answered by the nearest police station or else since operators have got routes to follow, let’s have police station phone numbers along that particular route where passengers can call to report. We can’t continue loosing life like nobody’ business. If there will be any indaba concerning this issue pliz may the organizers let us know to attend it.

  12. Yah u have hit the nail right on its head, this is magnificent investigative and inspirational journalism, for once we have witnessed energetic, constructive and thought-provoking reporting from this wanning stable, please continue with this noble campaign even putting posters out there and engaging the police chefs also, it is very relevant. We passengers should take charge of lives when been driven by taking action mentioned here, the police should also establish hot-lines were passengers immediately report shenanigans that would have transpired at road-block, for instance you pass a block in a over-loaded vehicle but the officers doesn’t punish the driver or you report that the driver is speeding and nothing is done by officers manning the block, we passengers have to learn to be patient as well, sometimes we push these drivers like willy-nilly boarding an over-loaded vehicle etc. Its rather better to be late than never, to be safe than to be sorry!!! Ko what happened to name tags and force numbers on police uniforms, perhaps it can help in retarding corruption. Nevertheless remember not to forget to donate blood today, lets be blood doners folks!!!

  13. kikik the best thing kubvisa mapurisa nemakombi munzira. Nyika yaparadzwa nemapurisa. All they want is money and dont care about people’s lives. The other weakness vanhu vemuzimbabwe are too passive. They are used to abuse saka havagone kana kutaura. In most accidents unozonzwa ah ange achimhanya so why were you quiet. I rarely use a kombi but the few times i do ndinogara kumberi naDriver ndichiongorora speed. Ende handinyarare ndinotsiura kana aramba ndoti andiburutse ondidzosera my money. Hupenyu ndehwenyu kana mukadecider kuita zvimumumu hameno

  14. As we all know the police are not on the roads to check for car defects, licences and any other bad behavior but soley to collect money. So why would they bother about the rest when they get what they want, actually they must be called ZIM REVENUE POLICE. I bet with my last dollar that these guys can collevt better than ZIMRA and any other collecters becoz they can use anything to force you to pay. Rhodisea police force used to enforce the law and do thorough checks to vehicles note the Chihuri police

  15. MR author sir its of worrying concern that you believe the would be unsuspecting victims let the driver drive then to their deaths. as an individual accustomed to public transport i would like you to know that its impossible to talk sense to these drivers, to be specific kombi drivers. therefore to say the passengers let the drive kill them is nothing but short of insight

  16. That’s one fact they should ponder.All they do is point at which is wrong but never offer solutions.Kombis are not totally safe we agree,what next??..Why don’t they offer urban public transport and bus stops because we see people standing in the road to seek attention of motorists.

  17. That’s one fact they should ponder.All they do is point at which is wrong but never offer solutions.Kombis are not totally safe we agree,what next??..Why don’t they offer urban public transport and bus stops because we see people standing in the road to seek attention of motorists..

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