Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
About 12 passengers were allegedly robbed of their belongings last Friday when they boarded a Mabheka Tours commuter-omnibus plying the Mbare-city route.
According to one of the passengers only identified as Tawanda, the Kombi was charging $1.50 – $2 before the crew demanded a higher fare.
Tawanda said they were held against their wish and told to pay $5.50.
“On arrival at Rufaro Stadium, the conductor demanded that each of us pay $5.50 and that did not go down well with all the passengers as he had loaded at $2 per passenger. I was the first one to board and had even told them I had $1.50 and he agreed, only to change when the kombi was full. This led to a scuffle with all the passengers and when the driver noticed he started speeding.
“Some of us demanded to get off the Kombi but the Kombi crew insisted that we would pay the $5.50 or lose our cellphones, jewelry or both.
“Only a few managed to pay the higher fare and the few who remained including one man and four women were taken to an unknown location where they were robbed and assaulted,” narrated Tawanda.
Tawanda also managed to record a short video of the conductor making the demands before keeping a record of the number plates.
A complaint was later lodged at Harare Central Police Station and investigations are underway.
Police are appealing to information leading to the identification of the white commuter omnibus and the two suspects.