Zimbabwe: Mutare Commuters Left Stranded As Zupco Buses Ferry Mnangagwa Supporters

The Commuting public in the eastern border city was yesterday left stranded after Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) buses abandoned the daily scheduled routes to ferry Zanu Pf supporters welcoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Mutare Aerodrome Terminal.

The party’s first secretary was in the city to commission an oxygen and solar production plant established by Verify Engineering (VE) with the aid of Indian engineers and the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT).

Despite lockdown restrictions that forbid large gatherings, scores of Mnangagwa supporters were ferried by ZUPCO buses creating serious transport challenges for the commuting public.

Efforts to get comments from Mutare ZUPCO depot manager on the crisis in the bus daily schedule were fruitless at the time of publication.

Pirate commuters could only ferry persons to Mutare Teachers College (MTC), to then hike from Sakubva into town, while private vehicles also offered temporary relief for the stranded crowds.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke-out, Government has since banned all transport operators not registered with the ZUPCO franchise, creating monopoly in the sector.

All large gatherings have since been restricted.

Movement for Democratic Change provincial spokesperson David Panganai said the development has shown that Zanu Pf was only using the Covid 19 pandemic as an excuse for avoiding by-elections since the party was gathering people.

He was also critical of the public transporter for openly serving interests of a political party, when its operations are subsidised by tax payers.