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Mnangagwa launches more public transport buses

by Staff reporter
12 Jun 2020 at 19:49hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government to availing ZUPCO buses to all areas, amid revelations that suppliers from Belarus have been engaged to supply buses suitable for rural terrains. President Mnangagwa said this at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), where he commissioned a new fleet of 40 ZUPCO buses.

Commissioning the buses, Cde Mnangagwa said the government is committed towards ensuring an equitable distribution of buses to the country's provinces and districts, hence the engagement of the supplier in Belarus to design buses suitable for rough terrains and to also cater for the physically handicapped.

"More buses are coming from Belarus. Every route should have a ZUPCO bus deployed. We want an equitable distribution of these buses in all the country's provinces and districts. To this end, we have engaged our suppliers to ensure the delivery of buses that are suitable for the rough terrains in rural areas."

Every province in the country including the two metropolises are now expected to put their best foot forward and play to their strength.

The launching of the fourth batch of buses in Chinhoyi which is the capital of Mashonaland West province demonstrates the government's commitment towards the devolution policy said the President.

"The launch of these buses in Chinhoyi is a clear demonstration of the commitment by the government towards the devolution policy. We shall, therefore, continue to guarantee inclusive growth through addressing multifaceted development gaps in the implementation of our devolution agenda," Pres Mnangagwa said.

The President also spoke about the need for the ZUPCO transport committee to ensure the provision of an efficient transport system and work hard towards the reduction of road traffic accidents.

Since the country eased lockdown measures on the 4th of May to allow formal businesses to resume operations, the volume of workers who commute to and from work using public transport has increased significantly and ZUPCO has remained the only mode of public transport.

The government has since relaxed the social distancing regulations in buses so that commuters do not endure long hours of waiting but other regulations like wearing masks and sanitizing of hands and buses are being enforced.

ZUPCO Acting CEO, Mr Evaristo Madangwa said the parastatal is geared to continuously improve its services and contribute towards the country's attainment of Vision 2030 of an upper Middle-income economy.

"We are committed to providing safe and reliable transport service. In view of reawakening the sleeping giant, ZUPCO, we have opened several satellite depots across the country and the target is to contribute towards the country's Vision 2030."

The number 40 signified the 40th independence anniversary for Zimbabwe while Chinhoyi was chosen to host the event – the 4th commissioning ceremony- as it is where the second Chimurenga started in the 1960s.

From the 40 buses, Mashonaland West province got 21 buses including one deployed to cater for students at Chinhoyi University of Technology.

The remaining 19 buses will be distributed to other provinces.

The next launch of a new fleet of buses will be held in another province which according to the Head of State will ensure equitable access to the public mass transport system in all the provinces.

Last year, the government extended the ZUPCO franchise to private commuter omnibus operators in a bid to increase convenience for urban commuters.

Source - zbc