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Travellers, Vendors Bemoan 'Privatisation' Of Mbare Public Toilets

Travellers, Vendors Bemoan 'Privatisation' Of Mbare Public Toilets

Bus operators and travellers have criticised the City of Harare after it allegedly privatised public toilets at Mbare Bus Terminus.

It is alleged that members of the public, who include travellers and vendors, are now being forced to pay US$1 to use public toilets at the bus terminus after they were privatised by unknown individuals.

The toilets used to be maintained by Harare City Council workers but have been taken over by some individuals who are now demanding US$1 per head for usage. Said one traveller:

Since this bus terminus was built these toilets were public but there are some unscrupulous officials who have turned them into money-making machines.

Imagine every time a vendor or traveller want to use the toilet they are forced to pay. This must be investigated and the culprits brought to book.

A vendor at Mbare Bus Terminus said it was not justifiable for the council to force them to pay for using public toilets as they are also paying hawkers’ licences. Said the vendor:

They claim that the council gave them permission to privatise the use of these toilets.

Look vendor the whole day we have elderly people who are forced to pump out a dollar every time they want to use this toilet. We were born here in Mbare and survived on vending.

We pay hawkers licenses but we are now surprised that what used to be public toilets have suddenly been taken over by these individuals.

We call for the arrest of these people or whoever is behind this.

Harare City Council acting corporate communications manager Innocent Ruwende told ZBC News that out of the nine toilets at Mbare, only one located at the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) terminus is a pay toilet. He said:

We have nine toilets at Mbare and we have one which is located at ZUPCO bus terminus which is a pay toilet.

More: ZBC News

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8 Comments

Sponono 6 months ago

There is no problem in paying a fee for using the toilets as the money raised is meant to sustain the facilities. If the funds generated under the new system are put to proper use, vendors and the travellers are guaranteed of clean toilets each time they want to relieve themselves. However, USD1 for every visit is just too high !!


Matrix 6 months ago

Let's take into consideration the locality of the toilets. Most of the people that pass through Mbare musika are vulnerable to a greater extend. I have no problems with toilets in the city centre. Those without cash can just use the alleys. They are free.


Yasho Sad life 6 months ago

I $1 linengi

Chimamauswa 6 months ago

Ndoenda kwaMukuvisi ndondoita zvinhu zvangu ikoko $ rakawandisa ahh


Chokwadi 6 months ago

Vanhu vanoda huchapa ndosaka vachida zvemahara. Instead of complaining about its privatization they should mostly focus on the price being reduced. Kwete zvavo zvekti vanomamira pamusuwo vachishandisa macardbox


Matrix 6 months ago

MaZimbo aaaaahh toitira dope kupi. Zvadhakwa. Harare city council ngaitipe serious


Makaz 6 months ago

Umm dollar is too much,becoz look to those who works there like vendors how many times did they use those toilets per day and paying dollar each time ummm it's too much


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Anonimasi 6 months ago

I did use these toilets when they were being under council There were to dirty and unhygienic as all public toilets are. Paying for them instills proper usage of these facilities. Anyway a dollar might be too much.



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