By Silisiwe Mabaleka
LOCAL Government Minister July Moyo has expressed concern over the increase in the number of road accidents involving buses operated under the Zupco franchise.
Moyo’s comments came after two Zupco buses were recently involved in separate fatal crashes in Bulawayo, killing two pedestrians and injuring several others.
Both crashes were attributed to brake failure.
“We don’t want accidents, especially on public transport. The government is worried about accidents, but I wouldn’t know what is happening on the ground. It is the duty of the operations department,” Moyo said.
“We don’t have enough buses owned by Zupco, so we hired private companies.”
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Mhona also said he would engage Moyo to find a lasting solution.
Commuters in Bulawayo have pleaded with the government to regularly check the technical inspection of buses rented under the Zupco franchise.
“The problem of Zupco buses killing people never started yesterday. Zupco should issue working bus permits,” said Ambrose Sibindi, president of the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association.
“It is high time the government swallowed its pride and allowed other businesses like Tshova Mubaiwa and others to operate.”
The government, however, insists that private suburban omnibus operators remain banned.
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