Shocker As ZUPCO Fires 40 Drivers For Not Having Driver’s Licences After Spate Of Accidents
In a shocking development that comes after a spate of accidents involving the Zimbabwe Passenger Company (ZUPCO), 40 drivers have been fired from the public transporter for not having driver’s licences.It has been learnt that the fired drivers have been working for the transport operator for at least five years hence the lives of passengers were at risk.
According to inside sources who spoke to online publication Zimmorningpost on condition of anonymity, the company has terminated the contracts of the drivers with immediate effect.
‘Zupco now wants drivers with five-year experience yet those they said are unqualified have been carrying passengers all along with no licences’, revealed the close source.
Contacted for comment, Zupco chief executive Evaristo Madangwa could neither confirm nor deny the development but instead opted to have a meeting with the publication.
This comes after alarm bells have been ringing over the surge in the number of accidents involving ZUPCO buses. Last week the Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) president Tafadzwa Goliaiti demanded that the public utility put its house in order or risk losing the confidence of commuters. He also added that the majority of ZUPCO drivers are not adequately trained or experienced.
‘As PAZ, we have written many letters to a number of Government departments complaining about speeding ZUPCO drivers. However, we di not get any response.
‘After a spate of road accident involving public transporters, Rwanda restricted the speed of the commuter buses. This has reduced the accident frequency rate by half. Zimbabwe should do the same’.
The recent road accidents involving the transport utility claimed at least eight lives and close to 90 passengers were injured. In less than two weeks, buses belonging to the company were involved in serious road accidents in Kadoma, Kwekwe and Beatrice along the Harare-Masvingo highway.