By Chigwede Waruma
In a statement, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Hon Felix Mhona said , that government has seen it fit to suspend the two bus operators following the horrific accident that happened on the 17 of January 2023.
Read bellow the Minster’s statement
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL
DEVELOPMENT, HON. F. T. MHONA (MP) ON THE SUSPENSiON OF THE
LICENCES FOR OPERATION OF ALL OMNIBUSES (BUSES) BY RIMBI TRAVEL
AND TOURS (PVT) LTD AND TASHLLYT INVESTMENTS (PVT) LTD TRADING AS
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has noted with great concern the video circulating on social media, which captures the circumstances leading to the fatal Road Traffic Accident (RTA), that occurred on 17 January 2025 in Mutoko District along the Harare-Nyamapanda Highway.
The video and circumstances of the accident, which have been verified, involves two passenger transport service vehicles of an omnibus type
(commonly referred to as buses) belonging to Rimbi Travel and Tours (Pvt) Ltd and Tashllyt Investments (Pvt) Ltd trading as Zebra Kiss.
Pursuant to the fatal accident, which has so far claimed one life and caused serious injury of many passengers, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development and other actors in the ecosystem of road traffic
management, including the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) and emergency health services has established the component of human error, prohibited by Sections 51, 52 and 53 of the
Road Traffic Act [Chapter 13:17] as the principal cause of the accident.
Sections 51, 52 and 53 of the Road Traffic Act prohibit driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others, negligent or dangerous
driving and reckless driving respectively, which violation is a breach of the terms and conditions of the two operators’ licenses issued for them to operate in Zimbabwe.
Informed by the foregoing violations and verified videographic circumstances,
the Commissioner of Road Transport, after informing the two operators of his intention, and after the operatorS were given a reasonable opportunity to
make representations on the matter in terms of Section 17 (2) of the Road Motor Transportation Act [Chapter 13:151, invoked provisions of Section 17 (1)
(b) () of the same Act and suspended the licences of Rimbi Travel and Tours and Tashllyt Investments Trading as Zebra Kiss from operating all its
omnibuses in all the routes as authorised by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development. This suspension is with immediate effect.