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Parliament questions Zupco buses fitness

By Loreen Tadzingwa

Parliament has raised concern over the fitness of new Zupco buses that have been involved in back to back accidents in the past days.

About three Zupco buses were in involved in accidents across the country killing many people while injuring many others.

READ: ZUPCO BUS ACCIDENT IN KWEKWE

The buses that have all been involved in accidents are part of the new fleet that was recently acquired in a bid to help ease the transport burden in the country.

This has seen a lot of theories being thrown around with some questioning the fitness of the buses, others questioning the qualification of drivers while others blaming the state of roads in the country.

READ: ZUPCO BUS ACCIDENT IN BEATRICE

Speaking on the issue in the National Assembly, Proportional Representation legislator Honourable Lindiwe Maphosa demanded that Transport Minister Biggie Matiza should bring a ministerial statement fully explaining the cause of these accidents.

Thank you, Mr Speaker Sir. My worry is these Zupco buses plying the highway roads are affordable and most of Zimbabweans have taken this as a privilege and way of living to them.

The rise in the accidents of Zupco buses is a matter of concern. There are not just accidents but they are fatal accidents and we are witnessing deaths. Yesterday as I stood up to try and put it forward another bus had an accident in Beatrice.

READ: ZUPCO BUS ACCIDENT IN CHIPANGALI

I want this House to engage the Minister of Transport to at least give us a ministerial statement on how roadworthy are these buses and how the drivers have been taken on board. We want to know if they meet all the criteria because it could be the buses, the drivers or the roads. I seek your guidance Mr Speaker Sir, thank you,” she said.

Zupco buses by virtue of being government-owned, are normally immune to police and VID checks at roadblocks in the country.

Although the question was paused to the Ministry of Transport, Zupco is under the Ministry of Local Government.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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