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THE Bulawayo City Council wants to lobby Parliament for its security department to be granted arresting powers in order to arrest commuter omnibus operators using illegal pick up points.

The local authority has failed to rid the Central Business District of illegal pick up points and so far joint operations between the municipal police and the ZRP have not yielded the desired results.

Some of the prominent pick up points include 6th avenueLobengula Street, Fort Street11th avenue and 12th avenueGeorge Silundika.

In a report contained in the latest council minutes, the local authority noted that it needed to enforce the relevant by-laws and ban these illegal pick up points.

Councillors noted that while some of the operations have been successful, there was no consistency due to lack of adequate resources.

“The only challenge is that illegal operators now know that Council does not have adequate resources to continue such operations. As a result when the operation was over they returned to their illegal pick up points.

“Most of the commuter omnibuses that illegally pick up passengers at these points now have a new tactic of concealing and removing their vehicles registration plates. Residents should also be discouraged from boarding such commuter omnibuses,” reads part of the report.

Councillor Mlandu Ncube suggested that the council erect CCTV cameras at these points so they can identify the culprits.

He added that it was a challenge to collaborate with the police as there were allegations of corruption and bribery.

“Councillor T. Ncube also observed that most of the community omnibuses that picked up passengers from illegal pick up points were allegedly owned by members of the national police force. As such enforcement by the police was a challenge. Council should therefore enforce relevant by-laws.

“Parliamentarians should be lobbied for arresting powers to be granted to Council. Council should also review pick up and drop off points. Residents should not travel long distances to these points,” the report reads.

Council legal aisor said the local authority had no arresting powers and there was need to lobby relevant authorities.

Source : New Zimbabwe