Reports say The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has surprised residents of Mutare by swooping on unlicensed cars parked in private yards.
This extreme turn of events, totally unexpected, reportedly took place this week around Mutare.
Residents interviewed by VOA Zimbabwe, in a report aired Friday night, said Zinara staff confiscated and towed away such vehicles not only charging vehicle owners fines, but also the cost of towing away the vehicles and storage at a central facility.
Vehicle owners are reportedly being charged US$10.00 per day for the storage.
Zinara staff is said to have justified this action using a legal requirement that all unlicensed vehicles sitting at home or else where should have an exemption certificate.
Long broken down vehicles were also not spared in this indiscriminate exercise.
Those interviewed and sounding very angry interpreted Zinara’s actions as extreme money hunting measures.
It’s no secret the government is currently under severe financial pressure and this interpretation of turn of events in Mutare is easily plausible.
It wasn’t clear why this exercise took place only in Mutare nor if it will also spread to other parts of the country.