Govt splashes out on Zanu PF loyalists

GOVERNMENT is upgrading its fleet of vehicles for security sector bosses and top civil servants, most of whom played a crucial role in ensuring Zanu PF won the July 31 elections.

Owen Gagare

This comes as the cash-strapped government has already splashed close to US$20 million on luxury cars including Mercedes-Benz and SUVs for 26 cabinet ministers, 13 ministers of state and 24 deputies.

The benefits and rewards for winning the elections have also trickled down to other arms of the state which played a sympathetic role to Zanu PF in the elections.

Senior officers of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe National Army and top officials from other security organisations also got top-of-the-range vehicles soon after the elections.

Officers from the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner were allocated double cab Ford Rangers.

“We are still to receive the latest BMWs,” said a senior officer. “Remember we should get big cars, in this case Ford Rangers which we got soon after the elections. The smaller cars are on the way.”

Car dealers in Harare are selling the Ford Ranger T6 3.2 Ltd 4×4 double cab (automatic) for amounts ranging from US$55 000 to US$60 000.

Senior police officers campaigned for Zanu PF at police stations countrywide in the run-up to the elections. They ensured all spouses of police officers, their children, relatives and all those staying at police stations were registered.

Government has also rewarded officials from the Registrar-General (RG)’s Office headed by Tobaiwa Mudede with similar cars. The RG’s Office played a critical role in the election as it conducted voter registration, widely condemned as chaotic, but efficient in Zanu PF strongholds, on behalf of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

The RG’s Office is also said to have allegedly worked with an Israeli intelligence company, Nikuv, to doctor the voters’ roll, resulting in many registered voters failing to find their names on the roll, especially in urban areas where the MDC-T traditionally enjoys massive support.

The voters’ roll was contentious, amid charges it was shambolic and had many double entries and thousands of dead people. Mudede, who is also the Registrar of Voters, failed to supply an electronic copy of the voters roll to the MDC formations and other parties which contested the elections.

“Provincial Registrars were given double cab Ford Rangers while district registrars received single cab rangers. Senior officials from the head office also benefited from the scheme,” an impeccable source said.

Provincial and district administrators, who were responsible for mobilising chiefs and other traditional leaders for the Zanu PF cause, have also received new vehicles.

The splurging on vehicles comes at a time Zimbabwe is facing acute food shortages and a severe liquidity crunch. Service delivery has also crumbled with water and electricity shortages being the order of the day.

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6 Responses to Govt splashes out on Zanu PF loyalists

  1. Dina October 11, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    But the sanctions dont effect us buying cars ok so we are sovereign.

  2. Mutadza October 12, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Is this the Zimbabwe we want ? Where the majority wallow on less than a dollar a day

  3. godho October 12, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    are these personal or business vehicles. if business, surely, they are meant to increase efficiency. Yes vehicles cost money but are no luxuries anymore. Is it not expensive to run fleets of old dilapidated vehicles?

  4. zimbabwean October 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    This patronage will not take us anywhere after these vehicles then what. We need zim to be on the world map stop this selfishness and let us have useful policies for the voters who put u these positions. We need jobs and functional entities.

  5. Jedster October 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    So when they want luxuries, the sanctions are suddenly non-existent?

    Liars and hypocrites

  6. Heaven on Earth October 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    When is a vehicle – a luxury to a government worker?

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