The Sunday Mail
The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) has urged all urban transport operators yet to join its franchise to do so.
This comes after yesterday’s spike in demand for ZUPCO services after police ramped up the removal of illegal private taxi operators (commonly known as ‘Mushika-shika’).
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) traffic department has been enforcing the law effectively with numerous arrests as they continue to eradicate the Mushika-shika chaos around the country.
ZUPCO chief executive officer Mr Everisto Madangwa said ZUPCO is expecting 50 more buses next week as it continues to build its fleet.
ZUPCO currently owns a fleet of 262 buses and at least 550 more from franchisees.
The national coordinator of the Passenger Association of Zimbabwe, Mr Tafadzwa Goliati urged Government to consider licensing more private players so that the situation improves.
“While efforts to increase the number of buses through importation of new coaches are noted and commended, we humbly recommend that the Government also augment its existing ZUPCO fleet with other alternative mass public transport initiatives,” he said.