PAZ Calls For Improved Mass Transport.

Ronald Chigwada

Citizens call on government to invest in mass transport following the death of 20 people who perished in pirate car accidents along Masvingo-Zvishavane road in the first week of July 2021.

Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) a private organisation representing the interests of commuters expressed great concern at the rate at which pirate cars are killing travellers due to shortage of Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO), the only official mass transport at the moment.

In an effort to push for publics’ safety, PAZ has been appealing to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development to ensure that the lives of passengers and all Zimbabweans in general are protected by allocating more buses to all routes.

Pirate cars popilarly known as Mshikashika

Commuters who were interviewed by Community Radio Harare (CORAH) noted that cases of robberies and accidents are at it’s peak level as pirate cars are the only source of transport available across the country.

Last week Passengers Association of Zimbabwe also witnessed the unavailability of safe and reliable transport to ferry home university students following shutdown of all tertiary education due to a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Meanwhile commuters urge the government to either increase ZUPCO fleet of buses or bring back private transport operators.

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