Desmond Munemo, H-Metro Reporter
. . . no drivers fired
Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) chief executive Evaristo Madangwa has assured commuters that buses have sufficient fuel to service urban routes despite prevailing transport woes.
This comes in the wake of transport challenges witnessed throughout Harare’s suburbs, a situation attributed to the shortage of fuel in several service stations.
He also dismissed social media reports that over 40 drivers were fired for incompetence stating that no one was fired.
In an interview with H-Metro, Madangwa said despite the demand and prevailing fuel challenges, ZUPCO buses have the capacity to service urban routes.
“We have fuel to provide for our fleet throughout the country but it can never be enough.
“At the moment, we do not have grounded buses but where we could provide for 10 the situation allows us to work with eight.
“As you are aware, government is making efforts to increase fleet capacity locally and we have buses that will be coming from China and South Africa.
“I cannot comment on the fuel situation but can only speak for ZUPCO which is making frantic efforts to meet the demand,” explained Madangwa.
Asked if the ZUPCO buses will be able to cater for the demanding urban routes, he said: “The fares which are being charged by kombis are way out of the reach of many with some going for $15 a short distance.
“This has led to a great demand for our buses by the commuting public and we try to provide for these affected routes.
“We are going to make sure we continue with the trend of an affordable and convenient public service.”