President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday officially handed over a fleet of buses to the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) in Bulawayo.
The President jetted into Bulawayo shortly after 6PM yesterday for today’s events accompanied by State Security Minister Owen Ncube and his support staff.
Today, he officiates at four events starting with the commissioning of the Zupco buses at the City Hall car park before proceeding to Nust for the institution’s 25th graduation ceremony, which will be preceded by the launch of the institution’s innovation hub.
The innovation hub (formerly Technopark) is a strategic business unit (SBU) of Nust that systematically strives to position itself at the interface between the research and innovation efforts of the university community on one hand and the private and public sectors in the country on the other hand.
The President will also officially open the Nust gatehouse.
Minister Judith Ncube yesterday said the city was ready to host President Mnangagwa ahead of his packed programme.
“The President will have a busy schedule tomorrow (today) in Bulawayo as he would be commissioning 76 Zupco buses. The event will take place at the City Hall car park in the morning.
“Whether the buses would be for Bulawayo only or they will be distributed to other areas we don’t know, but certainly he will commission those buses. Everything is in place for that,” she said.
“After that the President will proceed to Nust where there are three programmes. At Nust he will commission the innovation hub, officially open its gatehouse before capping graduates.
“So, it’s a busy day tomorrow, but we are very pleased that His Excellency will spend the day with us in Bulawayo. We are hopeful all the programmes will go accordingly.”
ZUPCO’s whose operations have over the years been allegedly crippled by mismanagement, but has since been on a revamp while riding on the deals it signed with private players in the mass public transport sector.
Government says it is committed to provide cheaper and more reliable transport for the commuting public.
Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube has been on record saying the funds to acquire the buses have been raised locally from the 2% transaction tax.