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ZUPCO Takes Delivery Of 90 More Buses

ZUPCO Takes Delivery Of 90 More Buses

The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) Tuesday took delivery of 90 Golden Dragon buses that will be added to the parastatal’s fleet.

The buses were imported by the Government through the Durban port in South Africa before being driven to Harare via Beitbridge.

Law enforcers have been battling to eliminate illegal transporters and unregistered vehicles who are carrying travellers at undesignated points taking advantage of ZUPCO’s failure to satisfy the demand.

ZUPCO acting chief executive Mr Evaristo Mudangwa said the buses were at the ZUPCO depot in Belvedere, Harare where they would be commissioned before being distributed across the country. He said:

We have received 90 buses today and the date of commissioning is yet to be announced.

President Mnangagwa commissioned the previous deliveries of 450 Golden Dragon buses this year from China usually in batches of 50.

While ZUPCO is working on extending its Harare passenger rail service to Norton, the passenger company is also revamping the trains to make them more comfortable for passengers.

The return of the ZUPCO recently is viewed in light of the government trying to revive the public sector transport system that has been in shambles.

The sector has been predominated by private-owned commuter omnibuses some of which have been violating local rules and regulations at the same time putting the lives of passengers in grave danger.

More: The Herald


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8 Comments

Laurentia Mawire 5 months ago

Chingotitengerai honda fit,umwe neumwe yake tirege zvema zupco izvi


Chapwititi 5 months ago

Mabhazi ayo akadhakwa;anoenda kumaruzevha here mudust;vanhu musakudze kusapota zvakadhakwa.Hakazi kekutanga ZUPCO;ichitenga mabhazi akadhakwa;yakambotenga maFaw,Marcopolo,MaSwaraj,maT35,but hapana kwazvakaenda


Chapwititi 5 months ago

Eunice ndiwe wakadhakwa;usaaoote zvakadhakwa;wakaita munyama kushanda nguva yemaRTGS


Bvudzijena 5 months ago

Munyama sure nokuti paunobata RTGS unoda kuziva kuti ine value ipi kumari chaiyo.

Chapwititi 5 months ago

Moto wemashanga uyu,because the Golden Dragon buses are not suitable for our roads.The buses are not durable,and probably expensive to service.


Eunice 5 months ago

Chapwititi nyarara iwe uridofo

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

THE SECOND ADMINISTRATION WANTS ZUPCO TO GO BACK TO THE YESTERYEAR STANDARD WHEREBY AT PICK HOURS EMPTY BUSES QUEUED AT MAJOR BUS STOPS PICKING UP PASSENGERS AS SOON THE BUS WHICH WAS IN FRONT WAS FULL.

ZUPCO BUS SERVICE INSPECTORS USED COMMUNICATION RADIOS TO SEARCH FOR BUSES FROM OTHER BUS STOPS IN THE AREA. I DO NOT THINK WE WILL EVER GO BACK TO THAT STANDARD.

THINGS STARTED FALLING APART IN THE 1990s WHEN ZUPCO COULD NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE ABUSE FROM POLITICAL INFLUENCES WHERE BUSES WERE BEING DIVERTED FROM NORMAL BUSINESSES TO FERRY POLITICAL PASSENGERS TO RALLIES FOR FREE. POLITICAL RALLIES WERE THE NORM AND ORDER DURING WEEKENDS.

BUSES WERE NO LONGER BEING SERVICED IN TIME AND THEY BROKE DOWN TIME TO TIME. IN 1994 ONE WOULD NOT TRAVEL FROM HARARE TO CHITUNGWIZA WITHOUT COMING ACROSS A ZUPCO SERVICE BUS LYING BROKEN AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!

AT THE SAME TIME ILLEGAL PASSENGER TRANSPORTERS FLOURISHED. IN 1994 GOVERNMENT SACCUMED TO PRESSURE FROM THE COMMUTING PUBLIC AS THEIR ZUPCO FLEET DIMINISHED ON THE ROADS. THEY NOW AUTHORISED COMBIS TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE AFTER UNDERGOING REGISTRATION PROCEDURES.

PRIVATE OMNIBUSES FLOODED THE ROADS. MOST EMPLOYED UNLICENSED DRIVERS. THEY ENGAGED UNTRAINED CONDUCTORS WHO LATER ON EARNED THE NICKNAME MAHWINDI FROM THEIR UNSCRUPULOUS BEHAVIOUR.

TODAYS WE HAVE MORE PRIVATE OMNIBUSES ON THE ROAD THAN ZUPCO BUSES. GOVERNMENT TRIED TO ARM TWIST PRIVATE OPERATORS BY ALLOWING THEM TO JOIN ZUPCO. A FEW JOINED, BUT THE REST SNUBBED THE GOVERNMENT.

PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW SALISBURY UNITED USED TO OPERATE SUFFER FROM A NOSTALGIA OF THAT EASY GOING EXPERIENCE.

INI NDINI, IWE NDIWE !!!!!

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


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Tools 5 months ago

Well, we will just hope this goes as planned 🤷



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