Com­muter om­nibuses hike fares

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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

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