The Zimbabwe government has lifted a ban on commuter omnibuses, also known as kombis, which came into place two years ago.
Statutory Instrument 213A of 2022 promulgated on 21 December 2022 lifts the ban with immediate effect.
In part, it said, “Transport services, whether intracity or intercity, for the carriage of passengers shall no longer be restricted to the transport services mentioned in section 4(2) of the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (No. 2) Order, 2020) (“the principal order”), published in Statutory Instrument 200 of 2020, and all laws with respect to the licensing of those services that were in force immediately before the commencement of the principal order shall recommence in force with immediate effect.”
The original ban was issued Minister of Health and Child Care in terms of section 8(1) of the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) Regulations, 2020 (published in Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020).
It then put the state-owned Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) as the sole service provider, but then it was overwhelmed as less Kombis were transporting people.