New Zupco fleet set for commissioning 

Source: New Zupco fleet set for commissioning | The Herald 01 NOV, 2019

New Zupco fleet set for commissioning
Sixty-six buses that were imported by the Government from China as part of agreements signed between Zimbabwe and China during President Mnangagwa’s visit to the Asian country recently. — Picture: Thupeyo Muleya

Herald Reporters

President Mnangagwa will next week commission another batch of 66 buses from China, as Government continues equipping the resuscitated Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) and expanding its fleet so it can provide affordable and reliable mass transport.

The company is expected to eventually resume its role at the apex of public transport.

President Mnangagwa confirmed the delivery of the new buses while addressing the Zanu-PF Youth League yesterday.

“In the transport sector, my administration acquired buses to resuscitate Zupco and ease the plight of the commuting public and we will be launching more buses next week,” he said.

“In addition, Government recently extended the Zupco franchise to commuter omnibus operators.”

The 66 buses from China are part of a 1 000 bus order to complement a 500 buses from Belarus.

The latest batch of Golden Dragon buses started crossing the Limpopo at Beitbridge on Sunday evening from Durban, South Africa.

By yesterday, customs clearing agents contracted by Government were still busy with the import processes.

The latest development comes a few months after President Mnangagwa commissioned 86 Zupco buses between April and August, as Government continues to rebuild the public transport system.

Zupco has also franchised 200 commuter omnibuses across the country, with plans to increase the number to 1 000.

Early this year it had franchised conventional buses to operate under its banner.

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    njalo 4 months ago

    If Zupco does not also change it’s administrators, mechanics and others then you can expect the buses to be robbed of spare parts, wheels, batteries and fuel.

    Those buses will be not be running by this time next year.

    Plunder is endemic in Zimbabwe.