The project by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing with the Joint Operations Committee of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to de-congest the Central Business District of Harare with the removal or re-location of kombi mini-buses commenced in earnest today.

I have received generally negative feedback in these first 8 hours of this project. it has created many unintended outcomes and inconveniences to the general public of Harare.

In particular the issue of distances from drop-off points and the additional bus shuttle costs to a hard-pressed community.

We are also alive to possible resistance by kombi drivers and the general inconvenience of this planned model.

We are concerned and urge the Ministry to suspend the Operation until revised or modified to remove the problems encountered so far.

I urge all affected people to exercise restraint in handling any inconvenience faced so far.

As the policy makers we would want to be more involved in any future plans for projects of this nature within Harare.

We look forward to an immediate suspension of this exercise.

Cllr Ben G Manyenyeni

Mayor of Harare