Zim imports 66 more buses from China

Zimbabwe

Thupeyo Muleya

THE Zimbabwe Government has imported 66 more state of the art buses from China as it moves to improve the country’s mass public transport system.

The contingent of Golden Dragon buses that is expected to augment transport challenges across Zimbabwe started arriving in the country via Beitbridge Border post on Sunday evening.

Although the actual cost of each bus could not be readily verified, it is estimated that a similar bus is sold at US$17 000 in China.

ZTN understands that more than 1 000 buses have been acquired from China and they are being delivered to the country in batches.

According to border authorities, the buses were shipped via Durban South Africa, from the Asian economic giant.

“This is part of the batches of the many buses that are being imported by Government to resuscitate the transport and logistics sector in the country,” said a government official.

The buses will be managed by the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company, (Zupco).

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo and his Transport and Infrastructural Development counterpart, Engineer Joel Biggie Matiza were not available for comment yesterday.

The latest consignment of buses comes a few months after President Mnangagwa commissioned 86 Zupco buses between April and August as Government continues to build a safe and reliable transport system.

A further 500 buses from Belarus are on the way.