|File picture of an illegal pirating taxi|
police force in Masvingo have scaled up efforts to deal with illegal pirating
kombis and taxis which are now operating freely, ignoring the set Covid-19
regulations which only allows Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) to
economic activity in the Central Business District (CBD) after the government
loosened the lockdown saw the resurfacing of pirating vehicles who are posing a
serious challenge to ZUPCO.
the police force in the country has been directed to descend heavily on those
caught on the wrong side of the law.
to TellZim News Masvingo Provincial Spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said
they are impounding vehicles every day and that they are going to make sure
pirating vehicles are a thing of the past.
the lockdown was eased, pirate vehicles increased their operations but we have also
increased our police force on the road and we are impounding vehicles daily. We
will make sure the pirating kombis and taxis are off the road and that Covid-19
regulations are being followed by those who are authorized to operate.
Provincial taskforce spokesperson, Rodgers Irimayi said over 25 000
mshika-shika drivers have been arrested and 6 000 vehicles have been impounded
since the beginning of the year.
the beginning of January 2021, we have arrested 25 587 mshika-shika drivers and
impounded 6 418 kombis and taxis. Since the inception of the Covid-19 lockdown in
March 2020, a total of 61 776 arrests have been made while 17 346 pirate
vehicles were impounded,” said Irimayi.