Articles tagged 'kombis'

Police have given up on kombis 27 May 2014 HARARE - Some time ago, Transport and Infrastructure Development minister Obert Mpofu said over 500 000 vehicles in the country were not roadworthy. This is an extremely high number of defective vehicles in a country with a supposedly functional government. And only a fortnight ago, Police ...
Kombis, a ride to hell 25 May 2014 HARARE - A kombi trip from any of the suburbs surrounding Harare’s Central Business District, is surely a gut-wrenching experience. And it exposes how kombi crews have total disregard for human life — they certainly don’t care about loss of lives due to accidents. Not only do the kombis pla...
Daily News staffer injured in police-minibus chase 30 April 2014 HARARE - Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) graphic designer Lynn Mbofana was yesterday injured when she was hit by a kombi (minibus) whose driver was fleeing from baton-wielding police officers. The accident happened at the Cobacabana rank between Jason Moyo Avenue and Chinhoyi Street in...
Help cops tame kombi drivers 23 March 2014 EDITOR — It boggles the mind that sane citizens blame the police for chasing up kombis that run away from them for various reasons. A lot of lives are lost and a number of passengers maimed on a daily basis because of these reckless drivers, some of whom do not meet minimum requirements to dri...
Smashing car wind screens 'ill-advised' 4 March 2014 EDITOR — The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) should rethink its ruthless and catastrophic strategy of smashing vehicles’ windscreens. They should seriously consider or devise other strategies, tactics and innovative ways of apprehending traffic offenders. Smashing a windscreen of a moving ve...
Chihuri bans cops from owning kombis 29 January 2014 HARARE - A board of inquiry commissioned by police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri has found that eight percent of commuter omnibuses are operated by police officers, and the police boss has reiterated his edict that no police officer should operate omnibuses. Paul Nyathi, the police sp...
Harare's kombi jungle 15 January 2014 HARARE - Tindo (not his real name) took an early bath with the meagre water that was in a two-litre container, one of the few belongings in his lodged shack in St Mary’s, Chitungwiza and disheveled as he was, sprinted towards Chigovanyika commuter omnibus rank.  With the news of the demolition...
Govt's plan to replace kombis ok but... 15 January 2014 EDITOR — I rally behind the government's proposal to buy buses in order to replace commuter omnibuses currently plying the nation's roads as public passenger vehicles. Although it sounds a good idea, our current economic situation will not allow that to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, lives...
Kombi crews complain over police fines 30 December 2013 HARARE - Public transport operators have complained over police fines which are imposed on them for failure to produce enough vehicle particulars during this year’s festive season. Some of the operators that spoke to the Daily News yesterday said that they are given many tickets for a similar ...
Police, kombi war worries Parliamentarians 8 December 2013 HARARE - Police running battles with errant commuter omnibus drivers was one of the topical issues in Parliament this week with legislators querying why the law enforcement agents were smashing kombi windscreens. They argued that such actions resulted in the deaths of drivers, pedestrians and ...
Exercise caution 5 December 2013 EDITOR — I would like to express my alarm at how our police has turned into a thuggish, brutal and violent force. Innocent lives continue to be lost on our streets because police officers cannot simply sit down and formulate a simple way to curb lawlessness on the roads. Just recently, an i...
War veteran killed in police chase 4 December 2013 HARARE - A war veteran was killed in a horror crash during a police car chase in Harare's central business district early yesterday morning. A minibus full of passengers was reversing at high speed as police charged to smash the windscreen and the kombi hit war veteran Raphael Mbanje of Tafara...
Find better ways to deal with illegal ranks for kombis 1 November 2013 EDITOR ? I would like to appeal to the Harare City Council to find a better way of dealing with kombis that rank in illegal areas before many people lose their lives. I know the City of Harare would love a situation where all kombis load at designated places such as Market Square, Fourth Stree...
Touts attack cops 29 October 2013 BULAWAYO - Eight touts including kombi drivers have been nabbed after they  assaulted three police officers who had arrested an unlicensed kombi driver at a commuter rank. Norwell Ndlovu, 28, Mfanelo Dube, 30, Perfect Moyo, 19, Lloyd Maphosa, 21, Casper Chisara, 34, Pravado Mguni, 30 Gamelihle...
Cops go to war on Harare roads 25 October 2013 HARARE - After an exposé by the Daily News revealing rampant corruption in the police force, kombis plying the Harare City-Warren Park route are now under fire from traffic cops. On Wednesday traffic cops were camped at the Chinhoyi bus termini as they tightened the screws against drivers who ...
Kombi drivers, conductors should be considerate 21 September 2013 EDITOR — I board kombis on a daily basis to and from work and I must say, besides the fact that they are falling apart or the driver is playing music so loud that you can't hear yourself think, the worst part are the lies. I do not understand why they have to lie to passengers about where they...