Activist Allan Moyo in anti-ZUPCO demo

By Nkosana Dlamini

Defiant student activist and pro-good governance campaigner Allan Moyo Friday took a brave stance to address dozens of morning commuters at a Highfields, Harare bus terminus on the folly of government’s controversial decision to impose ZUPCO as the sole urban transporter.

Moyo was accompanied by Joshua Chinyere of Gokwe Residents Trust and Gerald Tavengwa, a teacher from Gokwe.

In a video he later posted on social media, Moyo blasted government for imposing ZUPCO on commuters in what he claimed was a deal that benefited controversial business mogul Kudakwashe Tagwirei “at the expense of the poor citizens”.

Government stampeded private operators out of the urban transport system under the ostensible bid to reinstate ZUPCO as the sole player in the chaotic but lucrative sector.

While details remain sketchy on how government was acquiring new ZUPCO buses from outside, there are claims Tagwirei is a big player who enjoys a giant stake in the pact.

In his address Friday, Moyo said “the $1 Billion USD availed by the IMF should be used as transparently as possible for public benefit with emphasis on social services including health, education and social welfare”.

The 24-year-old activist remains defiant in the face of State harassment.

Moyo was arrested on December 7 last year charged with incitement to commit public violence after he addressed commuters at Harare’s busy Copacabana Bus Terminus while highlighting their economic woes were the consequences of economic mismanagement by the current Emmerson Mnangagwa regime.

His case is still pending before the courts.

The activist has staged several more addresses to commuters centering on government misdemeanours which have driven millions deeper into the poverty abyss.