Outrage over $1 kombi fare

HARARE - Harare City Council unveiled the Coventry Road Holding Bay this month with the aim of decongesting the Central Business District.

The bay, which holds 650 kombis at any given time, is serving as a rank for vehicles after dropping passengers at Copacabana terminus.

Weeks after the unveiling of the holding bay, Daily News reporter Helen Kadirire went around the city asking commuters their views on the efficiency of the new system.

Roseline Ndlovu, 25.

“The Copacabana area has now become orderly and we are not at a risk as before of getting run over by kombis that are racing to hold a place in the queue. However, now it is the pricing which is a problem.

Can council do something to ensure that we are not overpriced.”

Ellen Chitando, 38.

“It seems there is now even more chaos because these kombis are taking advantage of us by charging $1 for trips that cost R5. We are really taking strain especially for some of us who use two kombis to work which translates into $4 a day just for transport. Tanzwa nekubhadhara mari yakawanda kumakombi iwaya. If they are going to introduce buses they should do so quickly so that all this confusion ends.”

Honest Savanhu, 32.

“The whole thing has brought confusion particularly for those going to Mbare who were not allocated space at the holding bay. These passengers have to go all the way to Market Square, so those operating mushika-shika have taken advantage of the gap.”

Tanaka Gura, 21.

“From town to Cold Comfort, I used to pay R5 when there was chaos but now we are being charged $1. Though the confusion and overcrowding is over, I think council’s initiative to
punish those who are hiking fares is justifiable.”

Comments (9)

The council moves in, puts some order, then operators turn to overcharging. Are they Zimbaweans? Eissh mara neh, yini leye bo?

UNCLE REAL - 25 August 2014

I think its high time we bring back buses, we cant continue in this fragile situation were fares can just be increased for silly reasons, I used to sympathize with these kombi guyz but enough is enough, kick them out!!!

kitsi - 25 August 2014

Mabhazi anotengwa zve. You cant bring back something you dont have. Go to ZUPCO depot and see kuti kune zviriko here? Private bus companies look for profitable routes not kufadza chaunga. Motonetsana neZANU kuti ikupei zvamunoda. Handiti makavhota?

Tongogara - 26 August 2014

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 26 August 2014

I think the real problem we have is the state of the nation. The kombi situation is just a reflection of the chaos in our nation; the corruption, the abuse of power, the unemployment etc. Its a dog eat dog world. The truth be told, the R5 being charged to many of the destinations in Harare makes the business unsustainable for the kombi owners. However, this is because the kombis carry fewer people therefore to make the longer distances cheaper at least buses which carry 28 people and above should be used.

MT - 26 August 2014

The fair hike cannot be justified as it is biting into the poor man's pocket, fuel has not gone up, kombis must not inflict pain on passengers with a 5 rand hike for a reaction that benefits them, as a union they must strategise on viability with regards to new laws enacted upon them.You do not bite the hand that feeds you, vabereki ndovanoisa chikafu patafura pavo, kombi operators must also be taught about customer care, the language used is disrespectful, our mothers, wives, sisters, women are subjected to abusive language by young male drivers and conductors, anaamai ngavaremekedzwe ndovakatirera kuti tive zvatiri. ko sei makutsvaga vanhu pamushika shika for 5 rands, that is confusion in your minds, paCopacabana just charge 5 rands, kovabereki ndovaisa mutemo wacho here.

tichaona - 26 August 2014

Our business is too centralized hence the congestion, business is to spread outwards, lets have jobs and business in other towns, for example Chegutu, make the town lucrative for business, Machipisa shopping centre is far better than Chegutu, Harare has become the hub hence the chaos, the over population like bees in search for necta, spread the flowers for the bees to spread for necta.

tichaona - 26 August 2014

kombi should charge 50c those that do not want should park their kombis

manje ? - 26 August 2014

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