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Pictures: Transport Woes Continue In Harare

Pictures: Transport Woes Continue In Harare

Commuters have continued to face transport challenges in Harar despite the addition of some more buses to the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) fleet recently.

The government recently announced plans to allow private-owned commuter omnibuses to return after they were banned in 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

While the situation is said to have improved, commuters are still queueing for hours, especially during peak hours,  waiting for their turn to be picked. Pindula News observed elongated queues at Chinhoyi Street Bus Terminus, commonly known as Copa Cabana, and Market Square terminus on Wednesday evening. See pictures below.

Commuters also expressed concern about a 120 per cent fare hike. ZUPCO yesterday increased Kombi fares from ZW$100 to ZW$220 while bus fares were increased from ZW$80 to ZW$120 for local trips.

Observers blame transport challenges on the ZUPCO monopoly.

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13 Comments

braveheart 1 month ago

zupco was a noble idea when it was introduced we coexisted side by side(mushikashika). a person would choose to wait for the few and cheap zupco or the fast & slightly expensive meta dze action. not allowing private operators is suicide. let people choose


Throwback 1 month ago

Apa congestion. Pays zvaimbonzi there will be a lane dedicated to public transport to ensure buses travel fast. Zviripi?


Masvingo Province 1 month ago

Saka kwirai mishikashika yenyu makanyarara


Harare Province 1 month ago

Inga the ZUPCO monopoly was removed.More commuters still prefer to wait for ZUPCO buses because they are cheaper.


Kanda 1 month ago

here In Masvingo mushika-shika is the cheapest 😂😂 ikuita RTGS 150.00

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

For anybody to understand why ZUPCO is in this predicament, he should trace back to Salisbury United when no passenger waited at a bus stop for more than 15 minutes before he was picked up by the bus. This used to happen before Independence. Problems bedeviling ZUPCO today started after Independance when ZANU PF took over from Ian Douglas Smith. ZANU PF started commandeering and are still doing it today. They started commandeering buses to their rallies for free. Imagine 50 buses ordered to ferry supporters to Marondera for free !!!!! The company lost shape and it started struggling. In 1984 government allowed other players in the transport system. Combis came in and the situation was steadied. However, in 2020 combis were banned for flimsy reasons forcing the owners to join ZUPCO FRANCHISE. But most Combi owners and bus Operators choce to park their vehicles. Commuters got stranded again. These are the shenanigans of ZANU PF which citizens must remove at the Harmonised Elections.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Tang. Ku 1 month ago

Mugabe,, mnangagwa and zanupf are the most cursed products on this world no doubt what ever they think or touch is laughable haaaaàaa better give up


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Tateguru 1 month ago

In this age any monopoly is a bad idea


Mmmm 1 month ago

Yes in 42 years we suffer from constant zesa cuts, erratic to no tap water,bad roads, bad transport systems, uncollected garbage... the list goes on.
Asian countries are far ahead of us yet we are rich in mineral wealth but poor in leadership. 42 years... we definitely need change.

Vote CCC to go forward and not backwards.


Nimrod 1 month ago

The war in Ukraine has disrupted the supply of new buses to zupco


VYBZ KARTEL 1 month ago

Tengai mota dzenyu make money


Observer 1 month ago

42 years behind progress because of zanupf rule. Sad.


Asalif 1 month ago

even if private players come back to the service the situation will remain the same because their vehicles broke down and they couldn't afford to repair them, they way Zupco monopoly paid the contractors have now forced them off the road permanently because some vehicles are beyond repair they need replacement , bodies are right off engines and transmission gear boxes need overhaul with new replacement parts so how can they buy them with petty RTGS transfer payment they get from Zupco



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