Govt reverses CBD kombi ban

THE government yesterday reversed Harare City Council’s “hurried” ban on commuter omnibuses entering the central business district (CBD), citing inadequate consultation with key stakeholders, and following violent protests by the commuting public.

by XOLISANI NCUBE

The ban, which was waived in the afternoon following violent clashes between law enforcement agents, kombi crews and vendors, had incovenienced thousands of commuters, who had to walk long distances into town after being dropped outside the CBD.

Local Government minister, July Moyo, in a statement, blasted the city council for “hurriedly enforcing the ban” without providing viable alternatives for the commuting public, forcing some to walk distances of at least 3km into the city centre.

“My directive has been issued in light of the fact that the council’s decision and action are not in the interests of the inhabitants of the council area and the Harare metropolitan province, to the extent they hinder free travel by tourists and the general public, and injure the general national and public interest,” he said.

Moyo, however, said vendors and unregistered vehicles unlawfully engaged in commuter services such as mushikashika, remained banned from entering the CBD.

But, Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni shot back, accusing Moyo of imposing the ban on council.

“It has created many unintended outcomes and inconveniences to the general public of Harare. In particular the issue of distances from drop-off points and the additional bus shuttle costs to a hard-pressed community,” he said in a statement.

Residents’ groups came out gun-blazing, accusing both council and the government of being insensitive to the citizens’ plight.

Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) said council’s move was ill-conceived and “clearly reveals the lack of consultation of critical stakeholders before decisions that affect the general public are implemented”.

In cases were commuter omnibus drivers resisted, police roped in soldiers to enforce the ban.


8 Comments

  1. Nyka ndeyedu , hatitongwi zvekumhanya , ED in office people walking 3 km to work .

  2. In 100 days there are 2 reversals from our ministers, the first one was Prof Mvima now its Mr July Moyo. Hamufunge kuti mainvestors will shun this economy thinking kuti munazo reversa mapolicies. Don decamplaign yoself. Mukaramba muchidai NDOZVISUNGIRIRA. Govt should not be known for reversals.

  3. The Second Coming

    But, Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni shot back, accusing Moyo of imposing the ban on council.

    “It has created many unintended outcomes and inconveniences to the general public of Harare. In particular the issue of distances from drop-off points and the additional bus shuttle costs to a hard-pressed community,” he said in a statement.

    He indeed shot back and its quite clear to the reader that the gvt imposed the ban on council (relying on manyenyeni’s quoted statement). That’s good reporting

  4. Let COMMUTER buses and Mushikashika load wherever they want. This is our country and no jobs. Toita madiro munyika medu.

  5. Mutown hatibudi nyangwe zvodii. kanzuru ndimi muchatobuda.

  6. July Moyo must desists from cheap politicking approach. Thus the language of these Local Government Ministers they do their business through directives approaches. This is not knew especially to those in Local authorities, employees are being fired and denied their gains through these directives. Also check from the history Murambatsina came because of these directives,July kuramba hake Council haingangomuki ichita zvinhu pasina directive from its parent Ministry

  7. Chipangano chauya

    unregistered and vendors are still not allowed in town lol it proves who imposed the ban and in this case its the gvt

  8. nyaya iri pa vhote. mhisha pisha dzese idzi hurumende yedu has been short sighted for too long. dai kudhara kwese uko vakazviona kuti Harare is expanding hence mari yese yaivadya dai vaka:
    1. decentralized business activities from the cbd. modern city development models hauwani munhu wese every morning achingoti dungwe rongondo kuenda ku cbd. dzimwe congestion dzakakonzereswa nevakadya mari kare asi muchiri kungoti ngavarambe vakabata. IMI!!!!! if they failed to foresee problems of today and you still trust kuti they still have capacity to foresee the future state, problems and needs of Zimbabweans. tibatsirei ipapo.
    2. chero road network yedu hayaifanira kuregwa iriyo ya Smith yatakapinda nayo muna 1980.indecision dzovakuvadza manje. kuda kuisa chigamba chitsva pachigamba chitsaru moti ndo ma improvements

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