Urgent Chamber Application Over Hitch Hikers Fines
5 September 2021
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By A Correspondent- The Human Rights NGO Forum has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking to stop the police from arresting and fining hitch-hikers the $2 000.

Last week, police cracked on Mshika-Shika and impounded about 20 vehicles while nearly 200 passengers were fined $2 000 each.

The government last year banned private-owned buses, taxis, and commuter omnibuses (kombis) as a measure to curb the spread and transmission of the coronavirus.

Defiant kombi, bus and taxi operators, however, continued operating while evading authorities.

In some instances, the police would chase them resulting in accidents that have claimed many lives.

Last week’s crack on Mshika-Shika left commuters stranded at Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) terminuses as the parastatal was overwhelmed.

Commuters spent hours in stretched queues sparking outrage.