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ZUPCO Bus Accidents Worry Bulawayo Residents

ZUPCO Bus Accidents Worry Bulawayo Residents

Recent road accidents involving Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) buses in Bulawayo have raised the ire of residents who were already unhappy with the parastatal’s monopoly over urban public transport.

This comes after two ZUPCO buses were involved in separate road accidents in the city early this week.

On Monday evening a 33-year-old woman died on the spot while four other people were injured at Pick n Pay Hyper after a ZUPCO bus driver lost control of the bus and ploughed into people waiting for transport to take them home.

Then on Wednesday around 7 PM, one person died along Masiyephambili Drive while six others got injured in an accident involving a ZUPCO bus and a truck.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) secretary for administration, Thembelani Dube said:

The ZUPCO monopoly is not coping with the demand and as a result the servicing of those buses and kombis under the ZUPCO franchise is questionable, hence the unfortunate incidents that have occurred: one next to Pick n Pay and near Fambeki (Magetsini area) where precious lives were lost and some injured.

Allow all players to partake in providing the service to the commuting public.

The market forces will come into play and residents will always have the capacity to make their choices.

Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) coordinator, Khumbulani Maphosa, said most of the ZUPCO buses are not roadworthy. Said Maphosa:

Eight months ago, during a CITE interview, I said the ZUPCO idea was a disaster already happening and it looked like an unnecessary attack on the government policy by then.

Let’s face the reality, we don’t have a public transport system, this ZUPCO monopoly is a disaster already happening.

These buses are not serviced and I don’t understand why they are on the road and where is VID (Vehicle Inspection Department)?

Someone, there is sleeping on duty because the truth is these buses should not be on the road.

Maphosa called on the Government to devolve the public transport system by ending the ZUPCO monopoly.

Bulawayo United Residents Association (BURA) chairman Winos Dube also expressed concern over the recent accidents. He said:

The questions we are trying to find answers to are numerous, what’s the cause?

Could it be said that involved vehicles are not roadworthy? Are drivers not mentally sound for this critical service?.

All these are things we are made to assume are causes of these accidents that cost human lives at the end of the day.

We therefore as BURA call upon all involved in this transport industry to exercise extra caution as we do our work.

In March 2020, the Government banned private transport operators from serving urban routes thereby creating a ZUPCO monopoly ostensibly to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

More: CITE


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11 Comments

00000 4 months ago

Zupco hayimanikidzirwe mnnhu kupinda mayiri pinda munemamwe mabus hayiiswe mnhu tambo muhuro


MuGrade 2 4 months ago

Those bus are AVM/DAf buses not coaches...leave the Dragons out of this guys,.. poor servicing + overworking of e driver...and also accidents just even if everything is ok..
Kombis when it comes to accidents they re worse...kombis n Honda fits kill more than buses..


Vybz Kartel 4 months ago

Muchatanga kuti zupco ino chekeresa dzosai macombi


Advocate 4 months ago

China yadii Zimbabwe ndoyega iri kutengeserwa hre mabus acho ,#think be4 you comment#


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Advocate 4 months ago

China yadii ndoyatanga Zimbabwe ndoyega iri kutengeserwa hre mabus acho ,#think be4 you comment#


Chbby 4 months ago

I wonder why the operation underway is not applicable to these buses when they are far more worse than private operators.


🤨🤨 4 months ago

China ndiyo inenge yakabata Sterling her iwe


MR NICE 4 months ago

These buses are subtracting our voters. Our population is decreasing by these buses and Covid 19.
All these are from China.

China iri kutipedza silently.

This is a cold war by CHINESE


Daily prophecy 4 months ago

These buses are not even from china ma AVM DAF atoriwo mabus akakwirwa naMai vamai vako ndosaka akungodonha not analysis dzauri kutiudza idzo

Tanaka 4 months ago

This is war

Chogu fire03°^∆ 4 months ago

Hauna brain...


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