1 June 2016
The Passenger Association of Zimbabwe has said that the latest case of a pregnant woman who died after she was allegedly assaulted by some touts is evidence that the chaos caused by the unruly elements has gone too far.
In a press statement, PAZ president Tafadzwa George Goliati also called on the â€œlaw enforcement agencies to act decisively against touts and touting. â€œ
â€œThe death of Lyn Chidawaya, 25, and her unborn child would not have happened, if it were not for these touts who harassed and punched her and her sister as a way of forcing them to board their bus.
â€œPAZ continues to receive complaints countrywide and has always communicated this harassment to law enforcement agents, especially with regard to Mbudzi Terminus, Exhibition Park and Mbare Musika. â€œWhich is why we also call for a police post at Mbudzi roundabout.
â€œThis harassment is worse to women and the elderly.
â€œFresh in the minds of many people is the case of the young woman who was stripped by touts, kombi drivers and conductors in 2014.
â€œThe same touts harass Girls High and Queen Elizabeth students at the Park Lane/Leopold Takawira Street illegal bus termini, where a Girls High School pupil and another man died after being run over by a kombi.
â€œThe misguidance of touts has been worsened by the prevalence of Broncleer also known as broncho, illicit alcohol and other hard drug substances (being abused) at most termini,â€ added the PAZ.