Gono’s unroadworthy buses evade traffic police
Masvingo -The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Gideon Gono’s uncle Larry is running a fleet of depleted and un-roadworthy buses to South Africa with his coach crew constantly evading traffic police and the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) officials, it has been revealed.\r\n
It is believed that the controversial central bank governor is using prominent Harare businessman Larry Gono who is his uncle, as a front-man in running the fleet of buses.
On Saturday one of his Buses operating under the trade name GO-LINER TOURS registration number YTY145 GP, inventory number TG12 which was traveling from Johannesburg was detained for almost three hours by the Masvingo VID after Gono’s staff tried to evade the police.
The bus crew diverted from the Masvingo Highway and swiftly sped through suburbs in an effort to run away from VID and the police in fear of being caught.
“We would like to apologise for diverting from the highway a little bit because our coach is overloaded and has some few defects which we do not want the police and VID to inspect. So we are going to use other suburbs streets till we pass where the police and VID officers are,” the coach assistant told passengers after they had asked where the bus was going.
However, luck was not on their side as the police and VID they were fleeing successfully caught up with the bus and ordered it to stop. They were then commanded to return and report to Masvingo VID offices, where it was tested.
After three hours, an identified female VID officer tested the bus which failed to pass the fitness test and she instructed it should not travel at night because the head lights were not functioning.
However, in a sudden twist of events after a few moments of waiting, the bus was surprisingly released and continued with the Harare journey which it failed to complete as it soon burst two rear tyres just after the Beatrice farming town.
Passengers all the way from South Africa had to look for alternative transport from Beatrice to Harare as the bus crew could not even help the situation. It also emerged they did not even have a wheel spanner or a jack.
GO-LINER TOURS has a notice to passengers which reads, ‘Note that delays may affect the stipulated time table due to Border Clearance, VID and Police roadblocks’.
When it was introduced last year GO-LINER TOURS used to ferry its passengers from the Rainbow Towers hotel but due to its continued deterioration of standards it now parks at the Road Port’s 4th-Street regional bus terminal.
The Zimbabwe Republic police is on record for stating that un-roadworthy buses should be impounded as they cause accidents. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)