By Vyalema Kaluluma Phiri
Business in Mzuzu City came to a standstill Friday Morning following running battles between the police and Taxi operators.
The police used tear-gas to disperse the angry taxi operators who stormed the streets to force government to reduce fuel pump prices, arguing the current carrying capacity of three passengers per trip is not viable for business.
But Northern Region Deputy Police Spokesperson, Maurice Chapola, said they were forced to use tear-gas to bring sanity in the city after the taxi operators started blocking roads.
The taxi operators blocked the roads and also withdrew their services to the public.
The commonly used public transport in Mzuzu city is Taxi but due to surging cases of Covid-19, the passenger carrying capacity was reduced from four to three.
Recently, Minibus Owners Association of Malawi (MOAM) ordered members to maintain set limited carrying capacity of passengers to help fight further spread of Covid-19.