Zim’s passenger association raises red flag over abuse of commuters

By Almot Maqolo

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Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) has expressed its concern over the welfare of commuters who are struggling to beat the curfew time due to prevailing transport challenges in the country. The southern African nation imposed a curfew to curb rising cases of Covid-19. While essential services are exempted, the curfew runs from 6 pm to 6 am.

“We have been inundated with complaints by passengers, who have experienced abuse on the hands of soldiers and police. In Mabvuku, for instance people who were coming from work were beaten, whilst coming from work,” PAZ President Tafadzwa Goliat said.

“Due to the fact that there is massive transport challenges and Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) lacks the capacity, they had arrived after the curfew time and they were collectively affected together with vendors.”

He said: “On the 30th and 31st of July there was daylight victimization and physical beating of people at bus ranks in Harare central business district and other places within the city and other cities”. “At the same time, there are many private vehicles owners’ who seek to assist stranded commuters end up being made to suffer and adjudged to be on the wrong side of the law, mostly by malfeasant law officers seeking after corrupt gains.”

Goliat added that passengers are struggling to get home on time. “ZUPCO must consistently provide buses and they must regularly fumigate their buses, check temperatures and sanitise.”

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