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Zimbabweans Castigate ZUPCO Monopoly As Transport Crisis Deepen

Zimbabweans Castigate ZUPCO Monopoly As Transport Crisis Deepen

Zimbabweans have taken to social media to vent their anger over the perennial public transport challenges which they blame on the ZUPCO monopoly.

State-owned transport company ZUPCO has enjoyed a public transport monopoly since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020 after the government banned privately-owned minibuses (kombis).

In 2020, the Government directed owners of minibuses (kombis) to join the ZUPCO pool but many refused.

Some of those who had joined later withdrew from the ZUPCO franchise due to delays in payments which are made in discredited Zimbabwe dollars.

Here is what citizens have been saying on Twitter about the ongoing public transport challenges:

CITE: Commuters are saying Zupco has failed them. They have since resorted to using private transport which are charging a fare of US$1. Desperate commuters from the western suburbs are forced to drop off at the Makokoba bus stop and continue on foot to reach their destination in the CBD.

Tendai the Traveller: This decision by gvt to have only Zupco operating the transportation sector is very counterproductive. One shouldn’t struggle this much to go to work. You shouldn’t stress towards the end of the day as to what time you will reach home.

The Ayatollah of Toxicity: Been waiting for almost 2hrs for Zupco, nix nothing dololo…. can’t blame these chicks for wanting dudes with cars, this public transport shit is f’d up.

Paul Sixpence: It’s not a back to school issue. We have a public transport crisis. The crisis has been brought to the fore because of the heavy police deployment on urban roads to weed out “illegal” transporters not registered with ZUPCO.

Kudzai Mutisi: Folks complaining about massive transport problems in Harare…. It’s clear that @zupcobus management can’t cope. There is nothing wrong with revising a policy if it has failed The govt shouldn’t create inconvenience for citizens, revising the policy should be urgent.

Siphosami Malunga: It is one thing to fail to govern. To fail to deliver public services-schools, healthcare, water etc. It is entirely another to stop citizens from finding solutions to your failures. To monopolise the problem & the prevention of solutions to it takes a whole level of malevolence.

Baba Ka LEFIKA: Isu as ma Customers, we should jave a choice kuti ndo enda ku Mushika shika or ku Zupco. Depending ne Servive yandiri kupihwa, not kunzi mwira Zupco chete yet service yavo yaka dhakwa.

Bhurumango: According to Acting Zupco CEO we have about 1000 Zupco buses in service. The Government banned all private players. I would like to understand how a population of more than 15 million people can be serviced by 1000 ZUPCO busses.

Nhamo Ngwenya: There is a need to also remove all unroadworthy ZUPCO buses from our roads. A workable solution is needed. As it is 75% buses from private players contracted to ZUPCO are unroadworthy. Most don’t have breaks, lights, seats, when raining they are leaking. Something must be done soon.

Clever Kuda Mlambo: The transport crisis in our teapot-shaped land is a self-inflicted crisis. They used an SI during the initial March 2020 lockdown to try and create the Zupco monopoly, just like most & if not all of their policies, Zupco failed dismally. Scores of commuting public are suffering. Zimbabwe is an unending disaster & with great haste, we are ticking all boxes of a failed state.

Luckson Zvobgo: Where is the feasibility study that suggested banning of private operators and reintroduction of ZUPCO will work? No science and numbers supported the idea of ZUPCO. Reactionary policies are dangerous. They needed a proper study to support this idea, as usual, ZanuPF failed.

Norman Matara: Permanent secretary @nickmangwana you once boarded an NRZ train to get “the user experience” as u said that time. May I challenge you to get another user experience by going to the Charge office at 5 pm and getting a Zupco bus to Unit N in Chitungwiza?

Danny Zembe: The Zupco CEO believes his problem is solved by increasing fleet size. Yet he forgets he has been getting FREE buses (& diesel) for the past 10+ years. Of the current fleet, what % is running? How many buses has he procured using his own cash flow? What’s the avg bus life?

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10 Comments

Fanyana 3 weeks ago

Failure after failure, never a day is seen where we are given a glimmer of hope. Its only that we have a blind leadership that won't be guided by the masses who see. Through a crisis of this magnitude they were supposed to recognize their ineptitudes but noo, still they're never to blame. Others would've @ least apologized for causing this mayhem but not our leaders, they blame others for their mistakes. Poor carpenters putting the blame on their tools as always


🙄 3 weeks ago

Let's admit failure whilst it's fresh so that we make amends whilst there's time. Zupco has failed dismal with their monopoly, the private transporters also failed big time. Private transporters should agree to operate under regulations and ethics that would work on quality service and customer care. Touts should be abolished totally.


aaaa 3 weeks ago

kudzungaira kana uchisimbira zvisina basa iwe uchiona mamiriro aka zvinhu


VYBZ KARTEL 3 weeks ago

I admit, we've failed


VYBZ KARTEL 3 weeks ago

Asi pamberi chete me Zanu Pf

SADZA 3 weeks ago

Sanctions are causing the transport crisis pasi nema western sanctionz pamberi mberi ne ZANU PF


advocate 3 weeks ago

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Zim 1 3 weeks ago

vakarwira risusinunguko ndozvamakarwira kutitambudza here ,we are now under the colony of Zanu PF and Mnangagwa regime ,,.Dai vakarwa hondo varipo chaivo vaitinzwira tsitsi kwasara vatengesi chete ndo vaiva vatengesi muhondo


Observer 3 weeks ago

Celebrating 42 years of freedom and failure. The abuse of power is destructive.


CHAMISA 3 weeks ago

tengai mota dzenyu Mari yamuri kuhora yakawandisa kunyanya mateacher
PAMBERI ne Bond



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