Chinotimba's bus ban triggers Buhera anger

GUTU - Buhera South villagers are up in arms against local MP Joseph Chinotimba after he banned a bus plying Muzokomba Gweru route because it was operating during odd hours.

According to Chinotimba, the bus plied the route during wee hours, putting lives at risk from marauding hyenas.

The ban has angered villagers here who relied on the bus, the only one that serviced the route. They now have to walk almost 30km to get alternative transport.

Chinotimba banned Chogumaira Bus Service that plied the Muzokomba-Gweru route via Gutu.

But villagers say they are now being forced to walk for close to 30km from Muzokomba to catch the bus at Chin’ai Business Centre in Gutu East.

“The MP worsened the situation thinking that he was providing a solution to the hyena problem that had hit us,” said Tererai Makore from Muzokomba.

“We are still under the danger of the same wild animals as we are no forced to wake up earlier than before so that we travel for about 30km to catch the bus in Gutu at Chin’ai.”

Villagers told the Daily News that some villagers are even travelling a day before intended departure and walk to Chin’ai where they would then sleep in the bus.

Chinotimba said: “That bus was banned and is under investigation from the ministry of Transport for operating in the night and putting the lives of people in danger. Vanhu vairumwa nge mapere vachimukira bus iroro ngekuti raifamba pakati peusiku. (People were being devoured by hyenas because of its evening schedule). I was merely concerned about the lives of the people.”

The Buhera south legislator, added: “The bus owners are not concerned about the lives of the people and the danger posed by the wild animals. Ndakaumuudza kuti kana asingadi kutakura vanhu zvakanaka ngaite zvematransport atakure huni, kana jecha because vanhu vange vachirumwa ngemapere vachiuya ku bus rake while others were robbed and raped.”

But villagers said the danger posed by hyenas was minor. The villagers said the situation was now under control after the department of Wildlife moved in.

“The hyena problem is no longer a danger to us and we want the bus to return,” said another villager who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We are now facing serious transport problems here and we are forced to walk for so many kilometres to Gutu. We want the legislator to lift the ban.”

Efforts to get a comment from Chogumaira Bus Service were fruitless.

Comments (6)

moronic MP at work

psychopath - 5 January 2014

Does he even have the authority to do this as an MP? Isn't this abuse of power?

Pitamba - 5 January 2014

Yah when you put idiots in authority that is what happens. Now he has out people in more danger. He should have discussed with the operator to start off a bit late rather than ban it. Idiots!

Maita Manyuka - 6 January 2014

zvakaoma saka vanhu vava patight worse

sakarombe - 6 January 2014

Kumwe kusadzidza kunosetsa shuwa. Ngaachipinza ake mabhazi tione. Vanhu ndivo vakamuudza kuti varikushushikana nenguva dzinofamba nebhazi kana kuti iye ndiye arikuita zvemusoro wake uzere mvura?

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 6 January 2014

A village savage rises through the ranks of his party to become an MP of the area. The savage can neither read, write nor understand the basics because he only went as far as grade 2 with his education. His understanding and reasoning is impaired by his lack of education. With all due respect, can't a minimum level of education be set for those aspiring to land public offices which eventually affects the lives of so many people. Chinotimba gave the word 'corruption' a whole new meaning in parliament the other day. With the other members of the house giggling and laughing, he thought that he was doing great.

tomasi tohwi - 6 January 2014

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