Articles tagged 'kombis'

Kombi routes waived for ZPCS race event 2 November 2018 HARARE - Commuter omnibus route restrictions will be waived to allow kombis to ferry people to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) inaugural Commissioner-General Goodwill Trust Fund fundraising horse tournament at Borrowdale Race Course this Saturday. In a statement yesterday,...
Branded kombis to pay council 30 March 2018 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is considering making public transport operators — mainly kombis — pay for the adverts emblazoned on their vehicles. According to a tweet by the local authority, all branded kombis will pay for advertising space on their private vehicles to council. “It is...
High Court stops bus terminus construction 28 December 2017 HARARE - High Court judge Felistas Chatukuta has interdicted the Harare City Council from constructing a bus terminus opposite Rhodesville Police Station in Harare following an objection lodged by Hillside and Eastlea residents. The applicant was Munyaradzi Mutsai and 19 others, while the resp...
Harare's upmarket residents resist bus ranks 10 November 2017 HARARE - Harare's upmarket residents are resisting council's move to establish bus ranks in their plush neighbourhoods. The residents — mainly from Hillside and Eastlea — are arguing that the local authority did not consult them, while the buses, touts and passengers will become a menace in th...
No municipal by-laws against touting 3 October 2017 HARARE - Touting is not regulated by municipal by-laws, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has told the Senate. Mguni was responding to MDC senator for Matabeleland South, Joyce Ndlovu, who said she was harassed by touts. Mguni said at the moment, there are no by-laws that have be...
Disappointment at 'lenient' sentence for killer driver 16 May 2017 HARARE - The family of an 11-year-old girl killed in a police chase of a commuter omnibus have spoken of their “strong disappointment” after the driver walked free from court. Farasi Masawi on October 24 last year around 5am proceeded through a red traffic light at the intersection of Cork Roa...
Govt to tax kombis, hairdressers 28 March 2017 HARARE - Broke President Robert Mugabe's government has introduced taxes for commuter operators – popularly known as kombis – and hairdressers, as part of desperate moves to raise funds. According to last Friday's gazette, authorities were given legal teeth to compel the “operators of hairdres...
'Bribe money-swallowing' cop trial deferred 25 March 2017 HARARE - The trial of a Mbare police officer-in-charge, who allegedly attempted to swallow bribe money after being trapped, has been deferred to April 6 because the magistrate was not available. Violet Sigauke is being charged with criminal abuse of office. Trial proceedings are before Hara...
Kombi operators threaten to hike fares 4 March 2017 HARARE - Kombi operators have warned they will hike fares if government forges ahead with plans to introduce urban tollgates. This comes after Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere on Monday said plans were at an advanced stage to erect the urban plazas soon. [GoogleAd] “Unless th...
Killer kombi driver appeals sentence 21 June 2016 HARARE - A kombi driver who is serving six years for killing a Harare Girls High School student in an accident, yesterday accused the magistrate who presided over his case of being influenced by public pressure when the matter was heard. Wadzanai Mabika, 41, is appealing against his conviction...
Pupil's death: School demonstrates against killer kombis 26 May 2016 HARARE - Girls High School (GHS) pupils and teachers yesterday demonstrated near their school following the death of a student who was hit by a kombi on Monday. The Form Four student, Jocelyn Gomba, was hit by a kombi on her way home at the corner of Leopold Takawira Street and Park Lane. G...
New kombi management system on cards 21 March 2016 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has engaged a local company that will be setting up a pilot project that will manage commuter omnibuses as well as billboards advertisement so as to avoid leakages. In minutes of the environmental committee, Southern Region Trading approached HCC with the pro...
Kombi operators cry foul 25 February 2016 HARARE - Dozens of kombi and taxi operators are crying foul over the delay by police to release their impounded vehicles even after they have paid fines. But national police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said police were still vetting the vehicles. “Police do n...
New fines: Kombi operators cry foul 2 January 2016 HARARE - Greater Harare Commuter Operators Association secretary-general Ngoni Katsvairo says the new $100 traffic fines are far from the solution to road carnage as government would have motorists believe. Motorists this week awoke to steep new fines for various traffic offences from between ...
Govt won't fix kombi fares 12 November 2015 HARARE - Government has been monitoring the present situation of kombi fare hikes and unfair treatment of commuters by minibus operators, but will not fix fares, a senior government official has said. This comes amid an outcry from the public on the tendency of commuter omnibus operators to un...
Kombi strike causes chaos 10 March 2015 BULAWAYO - Protesting commuter omnibus drivers yesterday blocked the Tshabalala-Nkulumane intersection to press home demands against spot fines and harassment by police manning numerous roadblocks along major routes from residential suburbs into town daily. Police in riot-control gear manned a...
Zanu PF youths stage demo against kombis 7 February 2015 HARARE - Zanu PF youths yesterday staged a demonstration at the Mbudzi roundabout in Harare after a party supporter was allegedly killed by a kombi crew on Wednesday. Blaring car horns, the supporters invaded the roundabout singing revolutionary songs and threatening kombis. Godwin Gomwe, Z...
Police flush out 'mandimba-ndimba' 6 January 2015 HARARE - Youths aligned to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF have been driven away from bus termini in Harare in a joint operation between commuter bus owners and police. Moses Mutyasira, secretary-general of the Indigenous Commuter Operators Association, said his association had to call in th...
New taxes for kombis 2 December 2014 HARARE - The cash-strapped Zimbabwean government is widening its tax base by going after commuter omnibuses and metered-taxis. In a desperate bid to shore up depleted government coffers, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said the vehicular population of commuter omnibuses, taxicabs, driving s...
Outrage over $1 kombi fare 26 August 2014 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 u...
Harare to impound overcharging kombis 20 August 2014 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has warned that commuter operators charging $1 for a single trip risked having their vehicles impounded. HCC spokesperson Leslie Gwindi yesterday told journalists during a tour of the new Coventry Road Holding Bay that those found charging passengers $1 for a...
Transport fares hike loom 13 July 2014 HARARE - Transport operators will be forced to increase inter-city route fares due to Friday's shock increase in toll gate fees. Those operators who were yet to hike the fare threatened to do so following the up to 100 percent toll fee increase. The recent hike in toll fees has been sledged...
Calls for strict penalties on kombis intensify 5 June 2014 HARARE - Roads accidents have claimed 546 lives since January, raising alarm among stakeholders, who yesterday called for harsher penalties on commuter omnibuses. Speaking at nationwide march against road carnage yesterday Ernest Muchena, product development and marketing manager for the Traff...
Kombis turn city into jungle 3 June 2014 HARARE - Minibuses are causing unprecedented traffic congestion, lawlessness and mayhem in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, where life has become hell for other motorists, pedestrians and workers in the Central Business District. With reports that government is mulling an outright ban of kombis in ...
Anger over police, kombi wars 29 May 2014 HARARE - Harare residents have warned that they could unfurl street protests against the police if a lasting solution to road carnage caused by traffic police  smashing kombi windscreens was not found. The street protest threat was made at a stakeholders dialogue held at the Anglican Cathedral...