Government is expecting delivery of 200 buses to boost the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) fleet, as it steps up efforts to modernise the urban mass transport system.
In an interview with Zimpapers’ Capitalk 100.4FM, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo confirmed the impending arrival of the buses, saying it is part of an initiative rolled out early this year to subsidise urban transportation.
He said the consignment was purchased through funding secured by President Mnangagwa.
“Every local authority is supposed to run an omnibus system and we are working very hard to ensure that,” said Minister Moyo.
“The President has already secured some financing which we will use to purchase more buses.
“We are expecting the first consignment of 200 buses to be delivered so that we can continue to modernise our urban transport system.”
Minister Moyo said although priority was being given to urban dwellers, there were plans to eventually expand the transport system to rural areas.
Meanwhile, Minister Moyo said Zupco has increased its fleet of buses deployed in Harare from 145 to 164.
Zupco is coordinating the new transport system initiated by Government as part of long-term interventions to modernise the mass public transport system in Zimbabwe.