Harare, January 23, 2015 – Zimbabwe’s state-run bus company, the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) has publicly bragged about its partisan support to President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU PF party.
ZUPCO recently published a full page advertisement in the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper where it snobbishly boasted about its support to ZANU PF after it was engaged to transport several of the party’s supporters to attend its 6th National People’s Congress held last December in Harare.
ZANU PF held its congress last month were President Mugabe was retained as party leader while Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were elevated to serve as the party’s two Vice Presidents taking over from long serving Joice Mujuru.
ZUPCO claimed that it had supplied 151 buses to transport 10 000 delegates on a daily basis to ZANU PF’s congress which the party’s former officials such as Didymus Mutasa have described as “dump squib”.
The state-run bus company claimed that its services are “hassle-free” and “tailor made”.
Prior to the ZANU PF congress, ZUPCO had stirred controversy when it involved itself in the ruling party’s succession politics by sticking large posters of First Lady Grace Mugabe on most of its coaches.
Political parties and several citizens slammed ZUPCO’s actions charging that Grace was blatantly abusing state property.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe chapter (MISA-Zimbabwe) has also criticized ZUPCO for being the least transparent public body in Zimbabwe. In its latest report on Open and Secretive Public Institutions in Southern Africa, MISA said for the third year running, ZUPCO remained the most secretive of the surveyed institutions and is still to have a functional website in addition to its failure to respond to written media enquiries