The ZANU PF government is to splash out an estimated $ 6 million on new vehicles, a Daily News report said Thursday.
According to the report the government intends to buy '100 commercially available fuel guzzling vehicles' with funds from a supplementary budget that will be approved by parliament soon'.
The plan comes at a time when humanitarian organisations are predicting famine. In September the World Food Programme (WFP) reported that 2.2 million people were expected to need food assistance during the pre-harvest period early next year. Also according to the WFP, 'this is the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support'.
Known not to care about the welfare of its citizens President Mugabe's government, through the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED), floated the tender on October 6th. According to the Daily News the CMED, which buys and services government vehicles, invited tenders for the supply and delivery of 100 x Ford Ranger D/cab vehicles'.
Also according to the report the government has 'directed the CMED to speed up the planned purchases' which will be the largest one-time purchase of hybrid vehicles for the government fleet this year'.
Apart from ignoring the imminent famine the government is seen failing to prioritise other struggling local car dealers. According to the Daily news, the intended purchase will 'likely benefit only Croco Motors and Duly's' as the tender specifies the supply of Ford vehicles which are supplied only by these two.
Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries, the second largest assembly plant in the country, is facing collapse due to 'crippling debt and declining sales'- a situation which has seen the Parliament's Portfolio Committee on State Enterprises recommending its bail out.
In a statement to the media the ZCTU blasted the government for 'exporting jobs by buying cars from abroad' instead of buying from local manufacturers and 'create employment for the citizens'