We knew this moment would come even as the government stubbornly persisted with the ZUPCO fallacy. Yesterday President Mnangangwa announced that the ZUPCO monopoly had been lifted and the transport sector would now be liberalised. This means that kombis are officially back on the road after a two year hiatus that started when the government introduced the first lock-down back in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Government is proceeding to open up the public transport system for other players in order to complement the services being provided by ZUPCO, in with the reduction in Covid-19 cases and the subsequent opening up of the economy. To complement the above measures, Government will allow for the duty free importation for a period of 12 months, for vehicles which meet the regulations to be issued.

The liberalisation of the public transport system shall be done under terms and conditions to be published by Government. The Police would need to ensure that law and order is adhered to as the behaviour on our roads needs to be seriously attended to. Non-adherence to the rules and regulations to be bazetted would not be tolerated.