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Bigwigs get luxury cars

Zanu PF is buying luxury cars worth a staggering $5 million for former Cabinet ministers recently deployed to the ruling party’s headquarters by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, it has been revealed.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Mnangagwa appointed several former ministers that he did not accommodate in his new Cabinet to work for Zanu PF on a full time basis.

The Zanu PF leader said he needed a leaner Cabinet to transform the economy and reverse years of economic decline blamed on the ruling party.

It has since emerged that the heavyweights that include Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa and Sydney Sekeremayi, among many others, will soon take delivery of Toyota VX 200 Land Cruisers from South Africa.

The ruling party is said to have received the money to buy the top-of-the-range vehicles from a local tycoon with vast interests in the energy sector.

Zanu PF director of administration Dickson Dzora confirmed that the ruling party was buying top-of-the-range vehicles, but dismissed claims that the deal was financed by the businessman with links to Mnangagwa and Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga.

“Zanu PF is not receiving any vehicles from anyone, that is total rubbish,” he said.

“As a party, we bought vehicles for our members during elections and we will continue buying vehicles for them.

“So for anyone to suggest that Zanu PF is receiving vehicles from anyone and not buying on its own is total rubbish.”
However, sources insisted the tycoon was heavily involved in the importation of the vehicles.

At least 50 cars are set to be delivered anytime from now, the sources revealed.

Zanu PF secretary for transport July Moyo and spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo were not reachable for comment.

Mnangagwa’s government, which recently introduced austerity measures to rescue the economy from collapse, has been emphasising that Zimbabweans “need to take the pain” if a turnaround is to be achieved.

The former ministers that were deployed to Zanu PF headquarters are said to be entitled to perks equivalent to those given to ministers.

They insist that they should direct government policy and were vocal against Finance minister Mthuli Ncube’s austerity measures.

However, war veterans last week wrote a stinging petition demanding that most of the politburo members must be fired for allegedly working against Mnangagwa.

Ncube suspended the purchase of vehicles for ministers and Members of Parliament owing to a tight budget and as a cost-cutting measure.

In the build-up to July 30 harmonised elections, Zanu PF refused to disclose the source of millions of dollars used to oil its campaign machinery amid claims that some of the money was diverted from Treasury.

Opposition and former Zanu PF members alleged that a staggering $70 million was used to buy campaign regalia from China and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The ruling party’s parliamentary candidates were each given off-road top-of-the-range vehicles for their campaigns.

After the polls, the party availed more than 70 vehicles for its departmental heads and secretaries.

Last year, Zanu PF had a $19 million debt and membership card sales, its key revenue source, were down by a 75%.

The ruling party had a $1,2 million outstanding telephone bill and its companies were insolvent.

Besides that, the party is already preparing to hold its annual people’s conference slated for Matabeleland South with a budget of close to $7 million being worked on to finance the three day annual indaba.

8 Responses to Bigwigs get luxury cars

  1. Gheo October 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    The only sane thing is for Zanu pf to disclose the sources of the money they are using to buy such expensive vehicles. It is a case of misplaced priorities-buying vehicles when hospitals are without medicines. Furthermore these Zanu pf cadres have been in government for ages and thus have been getting vehicles now and then. For instance, how many vehicles did Mr. Chinamasa receive during his tenure in government that stretches over 20 years? The President advises us to bear the pain for a while-meaning to say it is the ordinary person on the street who should bear the pain not the Zanu pf fatcats-the ordinary person on the street must bear the pain of eating relish with no oil while the fat cats continue to enjoy and exhibit ill gotten wealth amidst abject poverty. The president must walk the talk on curtailing expenditure by his government and party. The noble thing to do is not to buy any car for any minister or MP. The noble thing to do is to protect the citizens from any pain as a result of the economic situation. Right now all and sundry are declaring that they never voted for the Mr Mnangagwa because they were not expecting the situation to be this distressing. The question then is who voted for ED? The question is where is Zanu pf getting the money to pamper each other? The question is how noble is it to organize a $7 million conference when the same governing party failed to raise money to contain the cholera epidermic? The fact still remains that a leopard cannot easily change its colours over night.

  2. mukuruvambwa October 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    hurumende iyi ino kunda ngoma kurira

  3. Samaita Dube October 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    Spot on Gheo. Unfortunately our reporters are not journalists, pun intended. This is a big scandal, its a big story. How can Zanu PF be the only entity in Zimbabwe capable to import vehicles worth hundreds of millions of USD yet they are a NPO? Please journos grow some balls and dig deeper. Even if they are suppossedly funded by someone, it is a scandal in itself. Who is this person and what is he getting in return? Ok to start with can we have a proper analysis on how many cars were imported for chiefs, Zanu PF campaigns etc, how mauch duty was paid or evaded etc. I tell you, we the people are the ones paying for this madness. The sic Billion borrowed since November 2017 ndiko kwayakaperera uku and guess what, we are the fools paying .How low can we go as a nation? How cruel can these evil Zanoids be? Help us please expose them Mr Editor.

  4. nechiora john October 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    how can a caring government go on buying luxury cars for people who are doing party duties when the nation is bleeding right now.

  5. Matimadii October 22, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    Zanu could not contribute even $5.00 to fight cholera becoz they did not have the money, “we believed them”, now all of a sudden they have enough to buy $5,000,000.00 worth of luxury cars of-course we believe them,After all they are Zanu PF. Zvakaomera POVHO!!!!!

  6. Sagitarr October 22, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    Those who voted them into power are the ones who feel it the most. Zero for voting in the hero. “New dispensation” indeed!! “Let’s all tighten our belts”

  7. Janana Bikaz Bikaldo October 22, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    This is what the zanu pf has been doing even during Mugabe’s days,yet some lunatics are saying lets give Mnangagwa a chance.A chance to loot?How can a caring govt buy such luxurious cars when on the other hand his minister of finance is trying to reduce govt’s expenditure.Ngwena is just clueless and ignorant on how he can get the country out of the mess that they created.In fact he is actually on a mission to kill anything that is left of the economy.Like one guy says on this platform those that feel the pain most are those that voted for him.Isu vamwe we were expecting this as long as it is zanu pf in power.

  8. JLE October 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Do not understand why buy cars for people who are already wealthy and can afford to buy their own cars is it coming from those bootlickers like Naran ?? and others they should be named

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