By Nyasha Nhau
For the past 12 months the second republic has been importing busses from China and Belarus in trying to ease the transport shortages that has seriously rocked the country as commuters been always struggling to get home on reasonable time after work.
Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) welcomed the commissioning of a new fleet of 50 busses by president Emmerson Mnangagwa last week at the same time said they are not enough and urged the government to support local motor industries so as to provide more busses to the citizens.
“We thank the government for commissioning new Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) busses we welcome the development in supporting the passengers as it shall help to reduce but not end transport shortages because they are not enough,” said National Coordinator of PAZ Tafadzwa Goliath.
“We always say government should not spend a lot of money purchasing busses outside the country but must promote and empower local vehicle assemblers such as AVM just like what our neighboring countries South Africa, Kenya and Uganda are doing.”
He added, “We are spending a lot of money government should import kits for assembling locally it’s very possible because already we have such plants.”
Goliath added that by importing busses equipment’s for local assembling government would have saved money and partly address the issue of creating jobs.
Goliath told NTU News Zimbabwe that it is cheaper that busses would be assembled on time and there will be an employment creation at the same time.
“Those companies outside should come and do their job here in Zimbabwe as some of the busses coming from outside are not fit for our terrain they are breaking the windows while carrying passengers because some of our roads do not accommodate them.”
The government of Zimbabwe has since banned kombi operators who are not registered under Zupco claiming they are hiking fees and make life difficult. So far over 400 busses have been imported to back up the available transport which is still not enough to solve the crisis.
On the other hand, after failing to transport commuters from Harare to their respective communities few days ago, Zupco had the same week partnered National Railways of Zimbabwe as