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Police Blitz Leaves Commuters Stranded

Police Blitz Leaves Commuters Stranded

A Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) operation targetting all vehicles with no registration plates or Temporary Identification Cards (TICs) left scores of commuters in Bulawayo stranded as Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) buses are woefully inadequate.

Some of the unregistered vehicles were operating as unlicensed taxis (mushikashika), providing intra-city transport for desperate commuters but police claim a lot of crimes are being committed by people using such vehicles.

ZRP, in conjunction with Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officials, has intensified the crackdown on all unregistered vehicles.

In Bulawayo, a number of vehicles with no number plates were being impounded during the operation in the city centre.

The police teams were moving around in a police truck, highway patrol car and several motorbikes and also mounted roadblocks along major roads. Nancy Moyo, a commuter from Pumula told NewZimbabwe.com:

Today, I could not get into town very early because transport was scarce. I left home around 7 am but I only get to town around 9 am.

All the mushikashikas (unregistered vehicles) which normally pick up commuters during peak hours were not operating today.

The few ZUPCO buses could not cope up with a large number of commuters.

Mafios Nkomo, from Bellevue suburb, bemoaned delays at a roadblock along Plumtree road. He said:

I boarded a Honda Fit in Bellevue this morning. We were delayed for almost an hour at a police checkpoint on our way to town.

Police were screening all vehicles including buses. All those without proper documentation and number plates were impounded on the spot.

More: NewZimbabwe.com


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9 Comments

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

WHEN I HEARD THAT POLICE, VID AND ZIMRA WERE GOING TO MOUNT THIS OPERATION, I KNEW THAT THEY WERE TARGETING CRIMINALS. I KNEW TOO, THAT INNOCENT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE GOING TO SUFFER.

WHY WOULD A REASONABLE PERSON REMOVE THE NUMBER PLATES OF HIS VEHICLE AND PROCEED TO PICK UP PASSENGERS DURING THE DAY. WHAT THAT PERSON DO WITH HIS VEHICLE DURING THE NIGHT IS ANYONE'S GUESS.

SOME OF THESE VEHICLES WERE DRIVEN ACROSS LIMPOPO RIVER ILLEGALLY AFTER HAVING BEEN STOLEN IN SOUTH AFRICA. LET US CLEAN OUR STREETS OF CRIMINALS.

DEFINITELY INNOCENT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE SUFFERING. POLICE, ZIMRA AND VID MUST MAKE THEIR OPERATION EFFECTIVE AND AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE. THEY SHOULD NOT PROLONG IT, OTHERWISE THEIR OPERATION WILL LOOSE VALUE.

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


Lamar 4 months ago

Good work police. Asi mabus ezupco ngaachiwande zviite order


Vybz Kartel 4 months ago

Tengai mota dzenyu dzakachipi idzi I hodha Nero chaiyo😂😂😂😂


Vybz Kartel 4 months ago

Wish I mean hodha bhero

🤠 4 months ago

Ko maZupuko aripiko


🤣😉 4 months ago

Vanhu ngavatore ma plates ahachanonoke kana zvachose


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Tkt 4 months ago

Mmmm ma1 wena, pakaipa. I think i can smell where this is going, ZUPCO is going to raise its fares again mark my words


Bhekisipho 4 months ago

Kkk mushkkashika raised fees a long tym ago.... So zupco is bound to follow... The exchange rate will be the reason

Zodoc Chikaponya 4 months ago

Ndokugona basa



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