Anti-mushikashika campaign fails
5 January 2017
Despite noble anti-mushikashika campaigns employed by the Harare City Council, facts on the ground show that such are not yielding any positive results.
It was said that Harare City Council had been carrying out “campaigns to educate the public on the dangers of using illegal public transport vehicles (pirate taxis).”
Michael Chideme, acting Corporate Communications Manager, had reported to the committee that “the City of Harare was implementing the 100 Rapid Results Initiatives which was officially launched at the Rainbow Towers Hotel on October 13 2016 on the removal of illegal ranks in the Central Business District among other issues.
“The acting Town Clerk further reported that an inter-departmental team consisting of officials from the Corporate Communications, City Traffic and Transportation Planning and Traffic Enforcement was working in partnership with Zimbabwe Republic Police, Vehicle Inspection Department, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and Shuttle Services Association of Zimbabwe to educate the public and motorists on the dangers of picking and dropping passengers at undesignated points.
“The acting Corporate Communications Manager also reported that the campaign would educate the public on legal public ranks, licensing of public vehicles and education of commuter omnibus operators on the need to comply with registration regulations,” read the minutes.
Asked to comment on how they were carrying out the campaigns Chideme said “currently two publicity sessions were being conducted daily in the Central Business District.
“However robust enforcement was needed in order to reinforce the publicity message currently being disseminated.”
The city is now using a hailer system to pass on the messages to the intended audiences.
But despite such efforts, mushikashika operators continue to operate in many parts of the CBD.
They are always embroiled in cat and mouse chases with the Harare city council traffic enforcement teams but the efforts of the latter seem not to be yielding any positive results.