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Bleak Week Ahead For Commuters As Police Launches Another Operation Targeting Rank Marshals

Pirate taxies illegally load people while stopped in the middle of the street in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Linda Mujuru, GPJ Zimbabwe)

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has initiated a new operation aimed at eliminating the presence of rank marshals from bus terminals and stops nationwide.

Known as “No To Touts,” this operation targets individuals who coerce, intimidate, or compel travelers to board buses or pirate taxis against their will.

In a statement released on Saturday, June 22, ZRP spokesperson Commissioner Paul Nyathi emphasized that public transport operators found employing touts will face arrest and prosecution.

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As of June 20, 2024, a total of 410 touts have already been apprehended and are undergoing legal proceedings.

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The police have collaborated with the Judicial Service Commission to expedite court appearances for all suspects arrested under this operation, refusing to accept fines at police stations for these offenses.

The statement further warns public transport operators against hiring touts, stressing that legal repercussions await those implicated in such practices.

Similarly, pirate taxis engaging touts for illegal activities, such as picking up passengers at unauthorized locations, will be dealt with severely.

The public is urged to report any incidents of touting to the nearest police station or through designated hotlines provided by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

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