Commuter omnibuses hike fares
is not enough given the expenses. “At the moment we have pegged the fare at $1 per trip and we are meeting tomorrow to finalise on the issue,” he said.
Mr Mabunda said apart from fuel shortages, operators were grappling with high prices of spares.
“Most prices increased by more than 300 percent. A car battery that was $180 is now $554, engine oil was increased from $24 to $150 and some dealers are demanding payment in US dollars,” he said.
BCT spokesperson Mr Daniel Pondo said they have since written a letter to Bulawayo City Council seeking permission to increase fares.
Commuters who spoke to The Chronicle yesterday expressed outrage at the latest development. They accused the operators of being insensitive to their plight given that their alaries have not been increased.
The commuters said the fare hike was unjustified because the price of fuel has not been increased.
Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) president Mr Tafadzwa Goliath said some people have resorted to walking to work because they cannot afford the new fares. — @queentauruszw ZANU-PF national chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and the national coordination committee yesterday met provincial leaders in Esigodini in preparation for the party’s forthcoming 17th National People’s Conference.
The conference will be held at Mzingwane High School, Esigodini, in Matabeleland South from December 10 to December 15.
Speaking after the meeting and touring the venue, Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri said she was impressed with the work done so far to improve facilities at the school.
“We’re counting down the days remaining before the big event and we’re here to assess the progress on the ground. I must say that I’m impressed.
“People have been working around the clock and the work is remarkable. We hope that by Sunday most of the work will be complete. We’re coming back on Sunday for another assessment before the delegates come in,” said Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri.
She said the party has invested a lot to uplift Mzingwane High School, which had been run down.
Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri said water and sanitation issues had been addressed to avoid an