Over 2,000 touts and 7,500 mushikashika drivers arrested in nationwide dragnet


In a widespread crackdown on illegal transport operations, Zimbabwean authorities have arrested a staggering 188 touts and 756 motorists engaging in “mushikashika” (unlicensed public transportation) across the country.

The operation, dubbed “No to Mushikashika and Touts,” saw law enforcement officers conducting targeted sweeps on June 4th, 2024. This latest enforcement push has led to a cumulative total of 2,372 tout arrests and 7,559 motorist arrests since the initiative began.

The ongoing campaign is part of the government’s efforts to curb the proliferation of unlicensed and unregulated public transport services, which have become a significant problem in many urban areas. These unauthorized “mushikashika” operations often undercut licensed taxi and bus services, contributing to traffic congestion and safety concerns.

By cracking down on both the touts who facilitate these illegal transport activities and the drivers who engage in them, the authorities hope to restore order and professionalism to the public transportation sector. The sheer scale of the arrests in this latest phase of the operation underscores the widespread nature of the issue and the government’s determination to address it.

As the campaign continues, commuters and transport operators alike are advised to adhere to the established regulations and licensing requirements to ensure the safe and efficient movement of people across the country.

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