Commuter omnibus operators in Harare have increased fares in response to the increase in the price of fuel by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera).
A survey today revealed that a trip to high-density suburbs in a commuter omnibus to Chitngwiza now costs $10 from $7 while those plying the Eastlea route now charge $4 from $2.50 and from Greendale to Town it now costs $5 from $4 which is said to be increasing soon.
A commuter omnibus driver for Westgate area D known as Shingi said, “Tikasa kwidza makombi toto parker Paden because maI chaiwo tese totodawo kurarama saka kubva kuwestgate munhu anobatawo $7 mari kubva pa $5″, he said ( we do not increase fares, we can find ourselves out of business, as it is not sustainable to operate at a loss. We are now charging $7 per trip to and from the location from $5).
Many commuters now prefer walking to and from work, every day as they can no longer afford transport fares.