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Jubilation As Kariba Bus Operators Resume Intercity Passenger Services



BY YEUKAI CHOGURWEI IN KARIBA

FRESH fruit and vegetables vendors at Nyamhunga market are celebrating the resumption of intercity bus services, to and from Kariba.

With the rise in new Covid-19 positive cases in the resort town, Kariba was declared a hotspot in mid-June this year forcing a ban on intercity travel.

This development impacted negatively on the fruit and vegetable traders' business as they hoard their merchandise from Mbare in Harare.

A few defiant hawkers braved the hustle of travelling all the way to Harare to get stuff for resale, but at extortionate prices.

ln some instances, vendors hired the services of couriers to transport their wares from Harare to Kariba, an arrangement that pushed the retail prices of produce up.

On Sunday, a sizeable crowd of female vendors gathered around a CAG Traveller's coach where they broke into song and dance in praise of the bus company's proprietor, Sam Nanhanga.

"The owner of CAG buses always makes sure our problems are solved as he allows discounts for all our members travelling on business. CAG workers understand us and we work well together. We are happy that this bus service has returned," said a vendor only identified as Maphosa.

The fruit and vegetable vendors were struggling to ferry vegetables and fruits from Harare to Kariba. 

"Now that the CAG buses are back, everything will go back to normal, and we are very happy," said Judy Gandahwa.

Most Kariba vendors and residents prefer CAG buses over the state bus operator, Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) coaches as CAG does not demand extra fees for luggage.


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