Mnangagwa to commission more Zupco buses

Mnangagwa to commission more Zupco buses
Published: 19 July 2019 (139 Views)
President Mnangagwa yesterday said all was now in place for the commissioning of the second batch of Zupco buses as his Government mitigates transport challenges in the country.

At least 47 new buses that were acquired from South Africa and China are expected to be commissioned.

The Head of State and Government said he would next week be despatching the new buses, saying modern transport infrastructure is a key enabler in the transformation of the economy.

Addressing Rural District Councils chairpersons at Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls yesterday, President Mnangagwa said the majority of the buses will be allocated to urban centres.

"To mitigate the transport challenges faced by our communities, my Government is presently capacitating Zupco. We have just begun bringing in buses into the country and we are going to have many buses coming in.

"Currently, we have a number that has come in and next week or so, I should be launching another set of buses that have come in. I have to allow them all to be in and I believe that by next week this next second phase will be in, then we launch them," he said.

The President further said: "The majority will be in urban areas and some will go to the rural areas. On the third phase, more will go to rural areas and few in urban areas.

"By the time that scheme is over - 200 buses from South Africa, 500 from Belarus and 1 000 from China - I have no doubt that we would have done a lot to ameliorate challenges of transport in the country and will be providing cheaper transport."

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo recently said they had made special arrangements in the case of the Belarus buses where they sent designs which suit the local terrain. He said Belarus would then send kits, which will be assembled in the country, creating employment opportunities for locals.

The special arrangement for Belarus to supply Zimbabwe with buses was reached during President Mnangagwa's State visit to Minsk in January.

 Zupco has 380 buses servicing both rural and urban areas, of which 221 were contributed by the private sector.

Harare is serviced by 194 buses, while Bulawayo the country's second largest city has 76. Mutare has 34, Masvingo 13, while Gweru has eight and Chinhoyi two buses.

- the herald

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Rare solidarity for jailed Chief Ndiweni

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 August 2019 | 87 Views

Phumuzile Phiri geared to grab Mangwe constituency from ZANU PF

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 August 2019 | 76 Views

Horror start for Rahman Gumbo

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 110 Views

Chapungu humiliate CAPS United

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 95 Views

Namibian expert raps MDC-Alliance

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 123 Views

PSC revamps civil service training

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 102 Views

John Nkomo Museum stalls due to funding challenges

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 74 Views

Borehole drilling company dupes clients

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 72 Views

Duo in fake birth certificates scam

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 68 Views

Stay loyal to Dr Nkomo, vote Zanu-PF, says Khaya Moyo

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 62 Views

The science of winning by-elections

by Michael Mhlanga | 25 August 2019 | 59 Views

Woman raped as lover flees

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 78 Views

Pastor defrauds congregants

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 66 Views

Zimbabwe's Commonwealth bid on course

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 70 Views

Zimbabwe Sables on a roll

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 71 Views

Zimbabwe's re-engagement bearing fruits

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 105 Views

When Excellencies grace Chitungwiza shebeen

by Bishop Lazi | 25 August 2019 | 96 Views

Zimbabwe begins grain imports

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 79 Views

SMM to resume asbestos exports

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 82 Views

US Tendai Biti to take over from Chamisa ahead of 2023 polls?

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 82 Views

Mugabe's no to GMOs, position unchanged

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 85 Views

'The path had to be set for Mugabe'

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 79 Views

Mnangagwa's latest bid to arrest price distortions

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 62 Views

'Austerity ends in 2019,' says Muthuli Ncube

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 76 Views

More flights for Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 54 Views

Mnangagwa to meet Shinzo Abe

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 74 Views

We cannot afford to have idle, unproductive land - Mnangagwa

by Emmerson D Mnangagwa | 25 August 2019 | 74 Views

Louis Mhlanga excited at Bulawayo return

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 44 Views

Banana's wife gets new wheels from Mnangagwa's govt

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 77 Views

Electricity woes to ease as Zesa fixes station

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 67 Views

Kambarami frustrates Town Clerk again

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 73 Views

Zanu-PF Zaka East candidate confident

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 43 Views

How to think in Dark Times

by Cetshwayo Mabhena | 25 August 2019 | 64 Views

Mnangagwa's govt censures EU ambassadors

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 52 Views

Zimbabweans do not read assertion is nonsensical

by Dennis Shoko | 25 August 2019 | 56 Views

The Chief can do no wrong

by L Dube | 25 August 2019 | 67 Views