President Emmerson Mnangagwa has today in Harare launched the 5th batch of 50 new ZUPCO buses.
Today’s launch brings 212 new buses purchased bu ZUPCO under the government’s current programme to increase the country’s fleet.
The President said, “The importance of the transport sector and in particular road services as an enabler for economic recovery and growth cannot be overemphasized.”
“In addition buses are critical in the reduction of air pollution as they emit less carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, compared with smaller occupant vehicles.”
Zimbabwe’s leader went on to encourage ZUPCO’s management committee, staff and users to continue taking good care of the national bus fleet.
“You are assured of the full support of my government as you procure more buses and retool this strategic national company,” he said.
“I am aware of the appeals from commuters in rural areas for more ZUPCO buses.”
“The resource allocation in the 2021 National Budget statement will enable the purchase of more buses which will be distributed mainly to the marginalised rural areas.” he went on.
ZUPCO has over 770 buses, 1000 omnibuses, 30 depots and 5230 staff members according to the company’s website.
The government controlled bus operator managed to carry passengers at lower prices during the course of 2020 which was associated with price increases.