Commuter operators in Gweru have bemoaned the spike of fuel prices and erratic shortages of fuel which might force them to increase the current price of commuting from $0.50 to $0.60 or $1.00 arguing that, they were incurring losses.
Since last week conductors have warned most commuters that they might be forced to increase commuting prices in the near future.
“We advise customers that we might increase transport charges from $0.50 due to circumstances beyond our control,” said the notice displayed on the commuter omnibus.
Conductors interviewed said kombi operators are saying they are incurring serious business losses due to rising fuel prices.
“We are experiencing serious business losses at the moment because of shortage of fuel and price hikes. We do not have any option but to increase the price in order to sustain our businesses. There is nothing we can do about it?” queried George Mariko.
A conductor, James Tagwirei said an unstable economic climate in the country is causing headaches because prices are ever interchanging on a daily basis thus affecting their commuting business.
Gweru Kombi Operators Association Spokesperson Lloyd Nicky Tinago, said commuter omnibus fares might soon rise by 100% if the fuel crisis is not solved in the near future.
“We are in a moment of crisis and if the fuel crisis is not yet addressed we are in big trouble. We as commuter omnibuses operators are not important but Gweru residents themselves because we are there to provide a service to the people of city of progress. There might be an increase in the fuel price as you can see that there are long queue and prices are spiraling. Our businesses are struggling to sustain to the current status quo”.
“People might criticize us that we are raising prices but the truth of the matter it’s the government that is failing to address the issue,” he said.