Banned pirate kombis are openly operating and ferrying passengers in Harare CBD.
Private kombis are not allowed to operate in terms of Covid-19 regulations. Only buses owned or contracted by Zupco are allowed to operate as they have mandatory Covid-19 prevention measures.
Passengers on the private kombis are also at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 as they are not sanitised and are not required to wear face masks.
In a recent interview, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said operators of commuter omnibuses or private vehicles ferrying passengers illegally on city and inter-city routes risked having them impounded.
“The police are aware that some vehicle owners and drivers have removed number plates, with some putting wooden boards or other materials on windows in order to evade arrest.
‘This will not be tolerated and the law will be applied.”
Illegal kombis on the Msasa, Epworth and Mabvuku-Tafara routes were yesterday offloading passengers at Simon Muzenda Terminus (formerly Fourth Street).