LOCKDOWN: Police boss breathes fire as kombis and mshikashika pirate taxis bounce back

Asst Comm Nyathi

DESPITE government’s efforts to curb the adverse effects of COVID-19 with a lockdown in place, some kombis and pirate taxis are back on the road.

A survey by H-Metro in Chitungwiza yesterday established that kombis and pirate taxis popularly known as mushika-shika were plying local routes charging various amounts from $10.

Announcing the 21-day lockdown last month, President Mnangagwa said Zupco buses as well as public service commission buses would be ferrying people for essential services but mushika shika kombis and taxis are back.

The kombis usually have yellow registration plates and ply the routes by kombis before the lockdown.

Some ply St Mary’s-Makoni Shopping Centre via Zengeza while some ply St Mary’s-Makoni routes via Seke Unit L suburb.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said it was criminal that kombis were resurfacing on the road without being given a go ahead adding that police would descend heavily on offenders.

“We have heard of these pirate taxis and kombis plying various routes illegally.

“It is criminal.

“The police deployed in various suburbs should ensure that there are no unruly elements where kombis and pirate taxis defy the law.

“Those people should be arrested,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.

He said police had noted of motorists using bush roads into the city without being cleared in accordance with lock down requirements.

“Motorists should adhere to regulations. Those who are using dubious means to get into town will be dealt with,” said Ass Comm Nyati.

— HMetro

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