UK-based Zimbabwean sets up ride booking application

Prince Sunduzani, Business Reporter
A UK-based Zimbabwean entrepreneur has set up a $33 000 ride booking application in the country and is planning to pour in about $50 000 for its expansion to Bulawayo and the rest of Zimbabwe.

ImotaCars was recently launched in the country and is currently operating in Harare with a fleet of about 50 cars and will be coming to Bulawayo before the end of the year. The business model operates in a similar manner to Uber Technologies Inc, a peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in 633 cities worldwide.

The entrepreneur Mr Wayne Moyo (27) said ImotaCars will partner local taxi businesses and help contribute to job creation. The application, which is available online for iOS and Android, allows users to book rides in a short space of time. Users will be able to see their driver’s details and also track their location thus improving the safety of commuting. Mr Moyo said users can book rides for other people and this helps in times of emergencies.

“ImotaCars is a ride booking app that allows users to book a ride in Zimbabwe in a matter of minutes. It’s a free app, which is available on bit iOS and Android phones. We are looking to partner with local taxi companies in Zimbabwe to empower local businesses. The benefits of the app are that you will be able to see who your driver is and their car details on the app,” said Mr Moyo.

He said ImotaCars allows Zimbabwe to have access to the technology used in big tech companies abroad. One can pay with cash, card or top up from an account with Ecocash.

“It’s more cost effective and a safer way to travel or commute. We have plans to cover the whole of Zimbabwe. The next city we will be launching will be Bulawayo, which we plan to do before the end of this year,” said Mr Moyo.  “We have currently invested £25 000 ($33 727) in the development and mechanics of the app. We are now looking at raising a further $50 000 to fund the expansion of our service all across Zimbabwe.”

Mr Moyo was born Bulawayo and moved to the UK in 2001. He said he ventured into business when he was 18 and started his own graphics design company at the age of 22.

“I started a few tech projects when I was at Birmingham City University. During this time, I taught myself how to code websites, apps, and started my own graphics design company in London at the age of 22, which slowly expanded to become a consumer electronics company (Cenius), which produced its own brand of Android tablets and headphones,” he said.

Mr Moyo then left the company to start Mosi Group Ltd, which is the founding company of the ImotaCars App, with his business partner Mr Kwabiwe Sibanda.


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    • Sarah Mpofu

      And what girl ca resist a man in uniform!!

  • Pat

    raising the flag bafana bako Bulawayo.

    • Doctor Do little

      That he is.

      • Joachim Nyathi Mabaleka

        Yes stick to short responses, if you know what’s good for you. I’m allowing you five words at most in your contributions. As long as you always remember who the Boss is.

  • Dudu Mdlaziba

    Asivukeni bantu bakoMthwakazi!

  • Doctor Do little

    An enterprising young man.

    • MajaivanaMkhwenyana we Mpopoma

      We were all surprised to discover that your Boyfriend Dr. Frank N Stein is the troublesome character Rod Strickland. He admitted it in that post yesterday in which you were stripped naked by him and other commentators.

      • Simon

        KKKKKK Now I wonder how you are going to use that Roddy monika. For me it is you who was nqunulad. It seems Stein was trying to drill you. Ndoda umdidi ngowokubotsha not for what you want to use it for. Eiisshh…… there are so many women around yet you spend the whole day talking about umdidi.Eish.

    • Joachim Nyathi Mabaleka

      Yes stick to short responses, if you know what’s good for you. I’m allowing you five words at most in your contributions. As long as you always remember who the Boss is. I rule this forum, single handedly. Anyone tryin’ ta come up ta me always ends up in regrets.

      • Simon

        Five words? KKKK you have just been made to look very silly.

      • just me

        awulanhloni siwula???? ubusa ku cyber??? uzafa ungelalutho,,,

        • Mbonisi Dube

          Wena unyoko ulani, unganeli indaba zalaba bobabili, you don’t know when these wars started and how they started.

  • Dk. Mtkt

    Siyabonga. Okuhle kuyabukwa. Well done. You’re an inspiration to a whole generation.

    • Portia Nkiwane

      And there’s no better cure for loneliness, than a little extra marital affection.

  • Smoothy1

    So this has already been launched in Harare and may find it’s way to Bulawayo before the end the year????? Kunzima vakomana. What’s your comment??

    • Samkele Nyathi

      Desperately trying to spark a Tribal debate huh??
      Here’s how you do it, go inside your parent’s bedroom bu tt naked in the middle of the night. Wake them up and tell them you’re in there to Discuss the “Launched in Harare and may find it’s way to Bulawayo issue”. After that kindly ask your Dad to go have a shower whilst your mum goes to defecate. When they’re done tell them to sleep cuddling with your Dad behind your mum. In this instance your Dad has to brave the strong stench of Human Poo oozing out of your mom’s backside.

  • Doctor Do little

    Hope fully after the Elections we will have some of our bright youngster doing the same and bringing their expertise back home. We have to pray the Election is free and fair and free of violence.

    • Samkeliso Dube

      Love can be one tough job, but while there are no short cuts to a happy marriage, there are no easy way outs from a bad one. So the next time you lay down to sleep, make sure you sleep with one eye open.