0940: President Mnangagwa is commissioning 40 buses that will be distributed to other provinces although the bulk will remain in Mashonaland West.
0940: Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Mary Mliswa now giving her welcome remarks
0942: She welcomed the launch of the initiative that will see 40 buses being unveiled. She says the initiative has come at an opportune time when commuters are reeling from exorbitant costs by private players.
0947: Minister Moyo giving his remarks and introducing the President
0948: He says the aim of the second republic was not only to correct political issues but improve people’s welfare
0950: He said the initiative would be spread to other parts of the country
0953: Minister Moyo invites the President to launch the buses
0954: The President said they are gathered for a joyous occasion that will benefit all people without discrimination including those who don’t support and like him. He said the launch is a thrust to ease transport problems. President Mnangagwa said Government is committed to provide reliable, safe and cheap public transport system
0956: He adds that Government has entered into agreements with other governments for the provision of the buses. He says of the 40 buses, 21 will remain in the province and one at Chinhoyi University of Technology for students
0958: President Mnangagwa says this is the 4th commissioning ceremony. He reiterates that Government is committed to increase Zupco’s fleet and added that arrangements have been made with the Belarusians to provide buses suitable for rough terrain and the physically challenged. He says the launch in Mashonaland West shows Government’s devolution policy.
1000: The President also urged Zimbabweans to remain on guard against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. He says the launch in Mashonaland West province was to commemorate the country’s 40th independence anniversary since the Second Chimurenga was launched in the province.
1008: He says Government prioritises life over the economy as life can’t be resuscitated. President Mnangagwa says Government is also rehabilitating roads adding there should be notable progress countrywide in the next three years. He also calls on Zimbabweans to take part in the day of national prayer and fasting he proclaimed for this coming Monday