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Second report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government Rural and Urban Development on the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO)
Parliament of Zimbabwe
June 12, 2012

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1.1 As part of its oversight on the activities of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development and its departments your Committee examined submissions received from employees of the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO). Allegations of irregularities which ranged from non payment of workers, unfair labour practices and violation of ZUPCO Articles of Association resulting in conflict of interest and failure to account for company assets, among other things, were made.

1.2 Your Committee resolved to conduct a fact-finding tour to the ZUPCO workshops in Belvedere where it gathered oral evidence from the workers and members of management in two separate meetings. The evidence received prompted your Committee to gather further evidence from the Board of Directors of ZUPCO. The Hon. Minister for Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Dr. Ignatius Morgan Chiminya Chombo was also invited by your Committee to clarify issues of policy on the operations of ZUPCO and its turn- around strategy.

2.0 Findings of the Committee

2.1 Your Committee received oral evidence from ZUPCO employees to the effect that the ZUPCO Board which is supposed to have its tenure renewed every three years had outlived its term. The Board had seen some members who had been serving continuously since 2002, notably Professor Chipo Dyanda, the Chairperson. The tenure of ZUPCO Board members had become discretional as the shareholders chose whether or not to renew such terms.

2.2 Amid such cases of irregularities your Committee resolved to invite the Minister for Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Hon. Minister Chombo come and clarify the position on the ZUPCO Board operations.

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