Parly takes Zupco boss to task

HARARE - Members of  Parliament yesterday called for the resignation of State-owned bus operator Zupco’s board members on accusations of incompetence.

The parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing chaired by Mutasa South MP Irene Zindi, noted that Zupco has had six chief executive officers since 2009, a situation MPs felt shows dearth of leadership.

All the six CEOs were fired on allegations of failing to turn around the public transporter whose fortunes have been on a downward spiral over the years.

Chipo Dyanda, the Zupco board chairperson, told the committee that the transport operator had not found a suitable candidate to fill the position of substantive CEO.

“We have invited applications for the post and we have so far received 37 applications but when we went through them, we discovered that it was a bunch of junk,” Dyanda said.

“The applicants do not qualify and we want to make sure that we do not repeat the mistakes we made in the past when we recruited incompetent chief executives.”

Members of the committee also accused the Dyanda board of engaging the transport company in operations that were not transparent.

The MPs suggested that it was high time Zupco was led by an engineer with knowledge in the transport sector not an academic like Dyanda who also doubles as University of Zimbabwe pro-vice chancellor.

Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba queried why the previous Zupco chief executives fired for incompetence and corruption had been awarded retrenchment packages.

Chinotimba said the fact that there was a case of a former board member becoming chief executive showed that there were vested interests, hence the delay to appoint someone permanently.

“If the chief executive officers were fired from their jobs because they were incompetent, how come you the chairman was not fired when it is evident that Zupco is not doing well?” Chinotimba asked.

Dyanda however, told the legislators that most of the chief executives had

negotiated their way out while only one had been dismissed for incompetence.

“Most of those who were given packages such as Brian Chawasarira had only differed with us on the direction we needed to take as a company in terms of our turnaround strategy. We then offloaded him on terms agreed to by our legal advisors without us losing out,” she explained.

She said others like Bright Matonga had only been given the cars they were using during the tenure of their contracts.

Jessie Majome, MDC MP for Harare West, questioned if it was necessary in the first place to have the public transporter continue to exist given that it had failed to fulfil its mandate.

Majome said this after acting permanent secretary in the Local government ministry had admitted that Zupco was no longer servicing the urban areas as it had become predominantly rural. “I am surprised that you say you cover 90 percent of the rural public transport market share. Is this the truth you are saying given that you are speaking under oath? I think Zupco is not serving any purpose,” Majome said.

Dyanda told the legislators that  Zupco had purchased a fleet of buses from a Chinese company, Fao, and that it had also provided technical and research expertise to study the local environment.

The experts are accommodated by Zupco.

But legislators were livid that Zupco had acquired a fleet of about 50 that was not suitable for the local roads and whose parts were difficult to get.

“Given that you had realised the defects on the buses, one would have thought that Zupco should have asked for better buses that are suitable to our environment. Why did you not get them?” Jason Pasade, the Mt Pleasant MP asked.

Currently, Zupco has 305 buses servicing mainly the rural areas.

Comments (7)

....Dyanda who doubles as the ZUPCO chahairperson and UZ proVice.....oh! what a hypocrasy!....Zimbabweans lets be serious with our country....This Dyanda lady is has killed a once vibrant urban commuter, turned rural.

Steel Wire - 28 May 2014

We have bus companies that have been operating very successfully in this country for over two decades and they are still very successful despite the same difficulties faced by every other transport operator, one example is Tombs Motorways. It is from such operators that you will be able to learn how they have managed and this will help in recruiting the right candidate to run ZUPCO. Someone who is qualified and experienced in the fields of engeneering and transport logistics and not politically connected would know how to steer this company. We need ZUPCO both in urban areas to curb all the confusion in C.B.Ds and also on the city to city routes and mostly on highways to rural areas.

Dr Know - 28 May 2014

Irrigation Answered: • Irrigation Systems Design and Installations i.e. pumping plants (mobile & fixed) , network of pipelines (steel pipes, AC pipes, PVC pipes, polypipes, Aluminium pipes & G.I pipes) • Infield supplies i.e. sprinklers & Aluminium pipes and fittings • Water Tanks and tank stands • Boreholes (Monopumps- BH range, Submersible pumps ) • Supply and Maintenance of all Irrigation equipment • On & Off-site fabrications • FREE detailed Agronomic advice to suit your crop requirements! Call Cell ................................................ 0773 528 045 0715 415 931

WERTHJITFCF - 28 May 2014

Irrigation Answered: • Irrigation Systems Design and Installations i.e. pumping plants (mobile & fixed) , network of pipelines (steel pipes, AC pipes, PVC pipes, polypipes, Aluminium pipes & G.I pipes) • Infield supplies i.e. sprinklers & Aluminium pipes and fittings • Water Tanks and tank stands • Boreholes (Monopumps- BH range, Submersible pumps ) • Supply and Maintenance of all Irrigation equipment • On & Off-site fabrications • FREE detailed Agronomic advice to suit your crop requirements! Call Cell ................................................ 0773 528 045 0715 415 931

WERTHJITFCF - 28 May 2014

Dyanda survived at ZUPCO coz igero raChombo. Muri kurasika papi nhai vanhuwe. It is public knowledge again kuti Chombo again pushed her to UZ pro-VC during his short stint as minister of higher and tertiary education. Ndooma dotcom acho.

dhewa - 28 May 2014

ZUPCO like all other state entities should be run professionally. If we continue to appoint average and below average individuals to lead these important entities because they are ZANU, then we are going nowhere. If a survey was to be done we would most probably find that 90 if not 95 percent of all government and related institutions are being led by individuals who are in those offices through some connection or the other. Most of these guys are not qualified and if they are 'qualified' their qualifications are dubiously acquired from some lousy university or college. Some of them have qualifications inappropriate for these offices, while others are underqualified and at the same time denying the rightful people for the jobs. We have to move out of this one party everything mentality if we are to move on as a nation. Appoint people on true merit, as Zimbabweans and acknowledge that none is more Zimbabwean than the other. I do not see ZUPCO doing any better because the status quo hasn't changed. Still the same tired, failed bootlickers running the show. ZUPCO management inokurirwa nanaNhidza who probably do not even have a single qualification. So sorry.

mosquito - 28 May 2014

dhewa wataura ...mai ivava vanoshandisa botom power vakuru chaivo. ZUPCO should buy maQuantum from SA and compete with mikofera yemakombi iri mumaroads edu. Quantum at a discounted rate should cost ZUPCO $28000 each instead of 38/40k. Please work up and smell the coffee. Manyepo aDyanda okuti ZUPCO inosevhisa 90% of all rural areas. he he he GIRL CHILD empowerment .. tarisai muone kushandiswa kunozoiitiswa chikwama chine mvere nemunhu wechikadzi achiuraya business.

KingZaka|| - 29 May 2014

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.