Kombi Crews Now Charging Transport Fares In US Dollars - REPORT3 years ago
Some Kombi crews in Harare are now demanding transport fares in foreign currency saying that they buy fuel in US dollars.
A tout who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com and identified himself as Sam revealed that the transport fare from the city centre to Chitungwiza has been pegged at US$1 while that from Warren Park to the city centre is now US$0.50. Said Sam:
We are buying fuel in US dollars so it is only logical that we charge in the same currency.Feedback
My kombi plies the Warren Park 1 to town route which is not really strict on US dollar payments but my colleagues plying the Chitungwiza route are already demanding US$1 per person or equivalent for them to buy foreign currency on the black market at the end of their working day.
Fares to Warren Park 1 and back have been rising everyday hence we have opted to encourage our passengers to pay US$1 per pair.
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In 2019, the government of Zimbabwe banned the use of foreign currency in domestic transactions, with Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya insisting that de-dollarisation is irreversible.
However, economic analysts have since warned authorities that the re-introduction of the Zimbabwe dollar was done prematurely with no supporting fundamentals in place.
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