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.
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.
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.
“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.