The City Council has temporarily closed Mbare Musika to allow for renovations to the aged terminus.
A notice (below) released by Council states the various stations that have been affected and the provisional options that will be used in the interim.
Council began securing and upgrading Mbare Musika long-distance bus terminus in September after the Government approved the resumption of intercity travel.
So far Council has erected a palisade fence and drilled boreholes at the terminus, which has over the years suffered from neglect despite the city continuing to collect fees from bus operators.
In an interview, Council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said the fence will help control movement into and out of the terminus and also plug revenue leakages since buses will now use an entrance and an exit manned by council officials.
“We are putting palisade fence so that we can control the movement of buses when coming in and out so that council begins to get revenue,” he said.
We reproduce the statement below:
1. The City of Harare wishes to inform the public that Mbare Musika Bus Termini is currently closed for renovations.
2. Destinations not stated but fall on the same routes mentioned above will use the same pick-up and drop off points.
3. The temporary ranks shall only accommodate buses with COVID-19 compliance permits.
4. The City therefore implore travellers and bus operators to comply and take due care so as to maintain orderliness and the safety of the travelling public.
5. Council has designated temporary pick up and drop off points for intercity travel.
Below is the statement outlining all the other areas that have been shut down.