The government in its bid to improve public transportation will provide fuel to Zupco ahead of other transportation needs in the country. ZUPCO buses currently provide cheaper transport to commuters as private transport has become too expensive following fuel price hikes.
Speaking to ZTN in a recent interview, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said:
In terms of fuel, of course fuel impacts everyone but the idea is to prioritise public transportation when it comes to the allocation of diesel fuel. So we will allocate more foreign currency because we know that by doing that, allocating more foreign currency to the diesel that most of these buses use, then we’re dealing with a transportation issue,
This comes a few days after Zupco slashed its fares by 50% in a bid to lessen the economic burden on suffering masses. This move has been met with mixed feelings with some quarters saying it is unsustainable and that it encourages corruption.