Govt to provide buses for school children
Harare (New Ziana) – A portion of the 500 additional buses that Zimbabwe will take delivery of in the coming months will be allocated to cater for school children only, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Monday.
He said this at a ceremony where he handed over 15 buses to the uniformed forces, the Judicial Service Commission and Parliament of Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa said the allocation would start when the next consignment of buses arrives in the country.
“The question of children going to school, I had not known about it, I have now been told about it. I think we are going to put that into consideration as we add more buses, but I think they need smaller ones the children, so in our next consignment, we still are expecting more, about 500 buses, so perhaps among those we may change and say 50 become smaller buses which we give to institutions for school children,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa said government was committed to providing reliable and affordable transport for its workers.
“As the consignment of buses come in we will give you as we have done until we feel that you have adequate buses to service your institutions,” he said.
“We may want to have these things at one go (but) it is not possible but what is critically important is that you can see that government is doing its best to meet your requirements with regard to the issue of transport.”
The government is purchasing buses from Belarus and China in an effort to improve the mass public transport system.
Early this month, President Mnangagwa commissioned 115 new Zupco buses, bringing the total of new buses added to the public transporter in just over two years to 432.
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