By Yvonne Manjengwa
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has condemned the recent move by the Harare City Council to ban commuter omnibuses from the Central Business District.
CHRA defines the move by the council as ill-conceived and notes that the ban reveals lack of consultation of critical stakeholders before decisions that affect the general public are implemented.
The ill-advised move by the council has come with extra costs for commuters who now have to fork out extra money to get into town after being dropped off from far away places such as Rotten Row rank ,Coventry Road as well as Coca Cola along Seke Road.
In a statement, CHRA states that the strategy will also result in increased delays of the commuting public, as some will be forced to walk long distances into town especially given the current economic situation in the country which has seen the majority living far beyond the Poverty Datum Line (PDL).
“Unilateral measures can only result in increased chaos while the general public will be greatly inconvenienced.
“Decongestion of the city will indeed be welcome but a decision to that effect can only be made after wide consultations with concerned stakeholders have been made”. reads the statement
CHRA is of the view that an all stakeholders approach that involves council, commuter omnibus associations as well as representatives of Harare residents (and other stakeholders) is ideal as a way of finding a way of regulating traffic flow in the CBD.
CHRA said that it stands in solidarity with other groups, associations as well as the general public seeking to oppose the ill-conceived move by the Harare City Council.