Zimbabwe's incredibly bankrupt government in no time has extravagantly spent millions of US dollars on the unnecessary purchase of top-notch automobiles, some of which includes Land Cruisers, Toyota Hilux and many more, for military officials of high ...
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Zimbabwe's incredibly bankrupt government in no time has extravagantly spent millions of US dollars on the unnecessary purchase of top-notch automobiles, some of which includes Land Cruisers, Toyota Hilux and many more, for military officials of high rank, in time when the Zimbabwean president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is beseeching for an economic bailout from the institution of international finance.
This comes barely a month after Mthuli Ncube, the Finance Minister sent out a request to the International Monetary and the World Bank, requesting for Funds of over the U.S.$200 million to mitigate the deadly impact of the novel virus, which has in one way or the other dealt a fresh blow to Zimbabwe's comatose economy, Tinashe Kairiza writes.
This week the military sources exposed the individuals involved, who benefited from the cars purchased among them is the lieutenant colonels, colonels, and brigadier-generals. This comes at a time of increasing disquiet amongst the army ranks over the economic deterioration.
The ministry of cultural heritage and home affairs of the country revealed that the government some days ago put out an advertisement inviting top automobile suppliers to present state-of-the-art double cap vehicles. The advert was flighted yesterday, but such an advert did not in any way reveal the exact number of vehicles acquired by the government.
Kazembe Kazembe, the minister of home affairs, bluntly disregarded any involvement stating that “With regards to the procurement, I have no involvement, I have no idea of the dealings and I don’t know the reasons for buying such vehicles.”
A brand new Toyota Hilux was procured by the lieutenant-colonels and colonels, selling their old automobile at a giveaway price (Book value) of ZW$500, equivalent to US$10. The cost of both Toyota Hilux Rugged X (4X4) and Toyota Hilux Workmate goes for an absurd rate of US$62 950 and US$18 447, respectively.
Sources also disclosed that the Zimbabwean government also acquired for his security chiefs from the brigadier-general rank a 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles, which costs about US$85 000.
According to a military source, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles, was awarded to the Brigadier-generals, while individuals retiring at the age of 60 years were given the option to purchase their old cars for a token.