Parliamentarians Fume Over $ 2mil, Zimpost Buses.

Members of parliament here currently  attending the ICT parliamentary portfolio committee  workshop in Masvingo have raised red flags over the acquired Zimpost buses , which were meant to improve courier services of parcel  and passenger delivery.  

The parliamentarians have quizzed how more than $2million worth of buses were acquired , after signs that most of those buses are no longer functional, and were rarely visible at all.

By Toneo T Rutsito

“We strongly think there was a shaddy dealing acquiring those buses, and whoever bought and sold them may have  had underhand deals since the buses were sub standard and the delivery was terminated way before it ever started., we need transparency on how the whole deal was structured “ fumed one member of the parliament.

ICT Portfolio parliamentarians in Masvingo

The members of parliament feel that these buses which were supposed to be serving their constituencies are not delivering as per expected, while in most constituencies, the service has been terminated already.

The postal company had only  two post-buses, one covering Bulawayo- Victoria Falls route and has been operating on this route since May 2012.

Zimbabwe’s northern neighbour, Zambia, is running a successful post-bus operation with routes covering the entire country. It has a fleet of over 30 buses that runs daily carrying passengers and mail

Before acquiring the buses, Zimpost had promised to target  Manicaland province of  Ruwangwe via Nyanga to Mutare way covering places such as Mutasa, Watsomba, Nyamaropa, Juliasdale while Hwal, Kafusi,Lubangwe,Sun Yet Sen, Homestead, Antelope,Kezi,Natisa whule Matopos would  be serviced by the bus set to operate the Maphisa via Manama to Bulawayo highway in Matabeleland South province.

Passengers in Midlands would benefit through the bus that will ply the Chireya to Kadoma route servicing areas such as Tchoda, Nemangwe, Nembudziya and Sanyati.

The post-bus in Masvingo was meant to  ply the Malipati via Chiredzi to Masvingo route covering areas such as Mabalauta, Chikombedzi, Munlanguleni, Chibgwedziva, Chilonga, Hippo Valley, Triangle, Ngundu and Sese.

Zimbabwe’s northern neighbour, Zambia, is running a successful post-bus operation with routes covering the entire country. It has a fleet of over 30 buses that runs daily carrying passengers and mail

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