Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
Mufakose elderly people have appealed to ZUPCO to add more buses in the wake of theft and robberies involved when they board alternative mushikashika.
The buses are reported to be dropping commuters far from their destinations exposing them to mugging and robberies.
One of the robbery victims Mandiitawepi Gofa, 69, told H-Metro that she lost some of her groceries to robbers on her way home after dropping off at Mufakose High 1 School bus stop.
“We are appealing to ZUPCO drivers to respect the routes assigned to them as pick and drop points to avoid loss of life and belongings to robbers,” said Gogo Gofa.
“The drivers sometimes take shorter routes maybe to make more trips that we end up walking longer distances especially us who stay close to the clinic and OK super market area.
“We make our way to Mufakose High 1 School or to Samuriwo shopping centre to board ZUPCO buses since they avoid the OK shops route which they use when not busy.
“We end up engaging Mushikashika vehicles where thieves and robbers are targeting.
“We rely on ZUPCO since these mushikashikas are being used by robbers,” she said.
Another resident only identified as Kunaka also appealed for a ZUPCO to provide services on Mufakose-Highfield saying school children were being targeted by robbers on their way to acquire national documents at Machipisa.
“Vana vedu vechikoro vanzwa nekubirwa nenyaya yekukwira mishikashika nekuti hatina ZUPCO rinoenda kwaMachipisa kuHighfield kwavanomukira kunotora national identity cards,” said Kunaka.
“Illegal operators have taken advantage of ZUPCO for failing to provide buses to Machipisa where a number of national documents applicants are queue for the documents,” said Kunaka.
Police are on record warning people not to board illegal transport operators to avoid robbery, theft and rape cases associated with Mushikashika vehicles.