Govt ‘sorry’ as mushikashika ban backfires

Zimstar News

Information permanent secretary Nick Mangwana says government is sorry for indirectly contributing to the transport hardships faced Friday by thousands of commuting citizens following drastic policies introduced to get rid of pirate taxis.

Government this week decreed fines for commuters found boarding mushikashika, the common name used to refer to private vehicles illegally used to ferry commuters.

The vehicles are taking advantage of the inefficiencies and inadequate transport by ZUPCO, the only transporter permitted to ferry the public.

Police this week announced that commuters who board buses, kombis and mushikashika vehicles which are not registered under the ZUPCO franchise now risk fines of $2 000 per head.

The measures backfired as many commuters in Harare scrambled to board the few ZUPCO that were available.

Said Mangwana following the chaos, “We realize the difficulties faced by the commuting public yesterday as they tried to find their way home. It’s not the intention of Govt to inconvenience citizenry. A lasting solution to our urban transport woes is being implemented. We are sorry for inconveniences experienced.”