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ZUPCO Bosses Accused Of Corruption, Mismanagement

ZUPCO Bosses Accused Of Corruption, Mismanagement

Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) top management and private operators contracted by the state-owned public transportation provider are at the centre of corruption and mismanagement allegations.

The Standard reported sources within the company as saying buses and kombis spend the majority of their time parked at the Belvedere depot in Harare but still get paid for services not rendered.

It is alleged that the private operators would fill out waybills with the full knowledge of ZUPCO’s top management, which would then be used to obtain money from the government despite not having provided any services.

One of the conductors operating the Chitungwiza route told The Standard that they spend the greater part of the day doing nothing. Said the conductor:

We arrive first thing in the morning, complete the waybill and then wait till the day is done.

Sometimes we are provided fuel sufficient for one or two trips only to maintain “fake” presence in the market.

Private bus and kombi operators reportedly receive the equivalent of US$280 and US$95 respectively per day or the equivalent in local currency.

At one point, the ZUPCO fleet comprised 818 private kombis and 1 121 buses overall, with 705 buses operated by independent contractors hired by the company.

However, violation of contractual obligations by ZUPCO has forced some to withdraw their fleet.

The ZUPCO management is being accused of struggling to maintain its day-to-day operations and fulfilling its obligations as a result of corruption, poor management, and wrong priorities.

For example, the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) reportedly garnished ZUPCO accounts last month for failing to send monthly contributions to the pension fund.

NSSA spokesperson Tendai Mutseyekwa declined to comment on the matter citing concerns about confidentiality.

In November 2022, the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) was on the verge of suspending commuter train services due to ZUPCO’s failure to meet its obligations before the Government swiftly overturned the decision.

ZUPCO management consists of interim CEO Everisto Madangwa, administrator Linda Samunderu and finance manager Tendai Nyamayaro.

A ZUPCO employee told The Standard that the top management spends a lot of money on workshops and organising fun days.

However, ZUPCO board chairman Quinton Kanhukamwe said he was not aware of the allegations. He said:

It is the work of the board to make sure that we get adequate responses from the executive on such issues.

Our meetings are quarterly and we are yet to have our board meeting for this quarter but in between, we may have meetings to deal with specific issues.

That’s why some of these issues have not come to the attention of the board.

The Government reintroduced the long-abandoned ZUPCO buses in January 2019 after deadly riots broke out mainly in Harare and Bulawayo after an unprecedented fuel price hike triggered transport chaos. | The Standard

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7 Comments

Ali Tinasheba albamohamed 1 month ago

Ngaadzingwe basa
Corruption inoitisa ma sanctions


Sorojena 1 month ago

It's just glaringly clear that there's corruption at Zupco. In Bulawayo Zupco buses spend considerable time parking at Hamara terminus and leave without taking any passenger. We've always been wondering why they are doing it.

Ashley Scott 1 month ago

these buses are not reliable zvamuchose thanks to corruption independent bus operators gain access to our root zvaiti zvikasada kuuya or zvinongopfuura zvisingatakure vanhu or kuita mazuva zvakafa shame on zupco coppy and paste don't just coppy


v.z. Kamba 1 month ago

public private transport ndizvo here? it starts with the parent ministry who were recruited on rotten brotherhood and NOT any commitments to serve.Even the country's political approach is on brotherhood NOT service delivery.True it's us the receivers deep commitments to self serving.Until we embrace being " our brothers keeper" we will not get out of this "forest".


Ali Tinasheba albamohamed 1 month ago

@ sorojena
Haàa true that unoshaya bhazi Iwo aripo zvawo
Zvorwadza
Or konzi akuna dhiziri iro ririko haro
Coz there is no way yawangati akuna dhiziri mabhazi e eku highway achifamba
Vanoba kulocal


1 month ago

Kkkk matii?


purazi 1 month ago

ZUPCO yakapinza vanhu machena , Those guys are all thieves , most of those guys who started the ZUPCO programme are owning properties , I know some of them in Bulawayo.



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