Govt splashes $11m on MPs’ posh cars

via Govt splashes $11m on MPs’ posh cars 14/05/2014 NewZimbabwe

THE government, which is struggling to pay civil servants this month, is set to splash a staggering $11 million on vehicles for lawmakers to the country’s 8th Parliament, officials revealed Wednesday.

In a murky arrangement between Parliament’s sub-committee on the welfare of MPs and a local car dealer, legislators will take delivery of Ford Ranger vehicles, with the most pricey going for about $35,000.

A meeting of Parliament’s inter-party caucus Wednesday decided to give the parliamentary vehicle loan scheme the green light, sources close to the deal said.

“We have already taken pro-forma invoices for the cars and can choose either a single cab, double cab or king cab. We should have the cars anytime from now but everything is in place now,” said a legislator who asked not to be named.

According to sources, Wednesday’s meeting also heard that allowances payable to legislators had been reduced from $75 to $40 with immediate effect.

Zanu PF legislator Jorum Gumbo who chairs Parliament’s welfare committee confirmed the development.

“We have agreed that MPs can buy vehicles on loan from one supplier (Croco Motors) who has agreed to give them vehicles on delayed payment because at the moment Government has no money,” said Gumbo.

Under the deal, the MPs were exempted from paying duty and value added tax.

“Government was supposed to pay a deposit for these vehicles but because there is no money and the dealer has agreed to give out the vehicles on loan, MPs can only get the Ford make that Croco Motors has agreed to supply.

“If they want any other make then it means Government will have to pay deposit so that Croco Motors can pay for those vehicles. But at the moment that will be difficult because Government has already indicated that it has no money,” said Gumbo.

With MPs guaranteed fuel supply from the government, the purchase of the off-road gas-monsters is likely to put further strain on an administration reeling from a debilitating liquidity crunch and poor economic performance.

In 2009 government, which still owes legislators from the last Parliament huge sums in unpaid allowances, had to write off a $4 million debt accrued after the purchase of double cab vehicles during the hyper-inflationary era.

The coalition government, seemingly insensitive to the economic crisis the country was going through, went ahead with the vehicle purchases.

Now President Robert Mugabe’s government has guaranteed another $11 million splurge at a time it has failed to pay sitting allowances to lawmakers since last August.

Government reportedly spent about $6 million recently to buy 100 luxury Range Rovers with critics arguing Cabinet should show confidence in the local industry by buying locally to support the Buy-Zimbabwe Campaign launched last year.

Zimbabwe’s country’s largest car assembly plant is currently struggling under the weight of crippling debt and declining sales which have put 210 jobs at risk.

For the second month in a row government, a few days ago, announced it was deferring the civil servants pay date, in a development observers said, showed there was no money for the salaries.

A defiant Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament Wednesday that government workers should count themselves “lucky” that they were still getting paid.

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29 comments on “Govt splashes $11m on MPs’ posh cars
  1. Jono Austin says:

    Government is not paying-the taxpayer is paying. This is where your PAYE goes. Not on services and infrastructure. Aloota continua

  2. Owen says:

    the economy is dying. companies closing every day, workers losing their jobs, children out of school, and where does government spend the little money we have? On smart cars for members of parliament! sick. rwere.

  3. Tjingababili says:

    THE AFRICAN AND HIS/HER INSATIABLE LOVE FOR POSH CARS! LONG LIVE THE GOLD DIGGERS! TOUGH LUCK TO THE POOR POVO! MOWODLA MAVU!

  4. Jrr56 says:

    A defiant Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament Wednesday that government workers should count themselves “lucky” that they were still getting paid.
    What a sensible comment!!! Does he count himself lucky that he is still getting paid or does he not care as he is still able to loot the coffers. Maybe he is helping himself to the medical insurance funds.

    • Petal says:

      If there was a REVOLUTION like what happened in France in the days when the rich ammassed wealth- the days of Marie Attoinette who was beheaded by the peasants for her role in stealing the wealth of France – all these THIEVING SCROUNGING SCUM BAGS WOULD HAVE BEEN BEHEADED BY NOW

  5. Petal says:

    These people are a SICKENING LOT splashing out on POSH CARS and at the end of the day STEAL FROM THE COFFERS AND GO BEGGING AROUND THE WORLD AND DO NOT WANT TO REPAY THE MONEY THEY HAVE BEGGED FOR SIC SIC SIC

  6. Petal says:

    The EU were paying the salaries for Morgan party when it was in coalition with Bob- BECAUSE AS USUAL BLOWING THEIR VUVUZELAS THEY DO NOT HAVE MONEY – BUT HAVE MONEY TO BUY POSH CARS-
    THEY ARE A SICKENING DESPICABLE LOT

  7. Gomogranny says:

    Hey you Zimbos if you are still paying your taxes like good little citizens then you better be ready to see your hard earned money spinning around in the fancy wheels of our indispensable “Honourable assholes, sorry Ministers”. Enjoy.

  8. MikeH says:

    How many more bl**dy ! cars are mugabe&co going to buy ? I reckon that’s a total, in recent times, of US$68,000,000.00 huh! That’s like circa 2000+ cars, whilst people are starving and the country is bust (or so they say).

  9. Roving Ambassador says:

    No wonder the MDC MPs won’t leave parliament,bought by a car. We never learn ,Nyagumbo killed himself all for a Toyota,MDC is selling us for a ford.Where are we heading .we have ZANU wolfing the cake and the MDC scrambling for the crumbs.
    The povo is left standing.

  10. John Thomas says:

    Why should MP’s not pay taxes and duties like the rest of us? These stinking parasites should pay more.

  11. KIBBS says:

    Bye Bye Croco Motors.

  12. Wezaka says:

    We are a very educated lot with priorities all messed up. We are f#%€d.

  13. Zen says:

    Then they go begging other countries for cash to fund ZIMASSET?What a bunch of clueless morons!!!

  14. Mlimo says:

    The ford dealer is a zanupf relative . Any Zimbo ever heard of the French Revolution? Nah you all too stupid to try something as government changing as that.

  15. Roving Ambassador says:

    And people tell me Mugabe is a leader and Tsvangirai is a leader. ZANU will never change. The next will be to by the army and police officers the ford cars.
    The poor ex combatants will be watching from behind the hedges.

  16. Bee says:

    You revolting people. Do people not come before cars!

  17. Bee says:

    Sorry, didn’t mean revolting people, meant to say revolting government morons!

  18. zim reeper says:

    These vehcles are a reliable mode of transport for when they have to flee the masses revolt shortly.

  19. BLESSING says:

    Just a pure sign on governments priorities the country is bankrupt and the govt thinks ministers vehicles are more important than the masses problems.Proof that this party is definitely for the minority.Completely wrong even a kindergarten can see how wrong this is.Shame poor Zimbabwe definitely no hope now and for the future.Keep tightening your belts as the ministers seem to be loosening theirs.They are obviously proud of what they have accomplished and now realize that they must bleed the country of what ever they can because it is going to collapse eventually and they will be left with nothing.

  20. Chidembochanhuhwa says:

    “…. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament Wednesday that government workers should count themselves “lucky” that they were still getting paid” What the hell is this cde minister. Is this your definition of lucky that an employee is getting paid. thats absurd sis God help us Zim is nearly closing down

  21. Chirutanga says:

    A foolish Government and its resources are already parting ways.Wrong priorities are set while the economy is crumbling.Zimbabweans wake up and choose better fools than these witless fools.They just think of themselves.The Kwekwe mayor demonstrated what kind of leaders this country needs at this moment.

  22. Straight Shooter says:

    They can even commit suicide for a Toyota Cressida!!!

    gukurahundis and their love for everything western.

  23. Phys says:

    Zanu PF legislator Jorum Gumbo – get in one of your fancy cars and sit at the traffic lights on the corner of 2nd street ext (just down from Bob the Sods home) and stare into the eyes of the children begging at the car windows and then tell us that you can sleep at night. Zimbabweans WAKE UP – take action !!!!!!

  24. Petal says:

    NO COMMENT FROM THE GRAND COALITION
    THE PEOPLE WANT ACTION
    Civil Society and Oppostion parties should be questioning all this including the theieving scrounging scum bags trips abroad

  25. Petal says:

    if still remember it was only David Coltart that used his Van the majority were SCRAMBLING LIKE THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN A POSH CAR IN THEIR LIVES

  26. Petal says:

    people are POOP SCARED OF A 90 YEAR OLD OMG OMG OMG???

  27. Petal says:

    One could even go around doing your ones business on a cart drawn by Oxen or Donkeys!!

    a Car is a Car it does ot hae to be POSH OMG OMG OMG !

  28. ike says:

    Plus free fuel. Zimbabwe has gone to the dogs. Pamberi neZanu! !!!! Serious MDC MPs should walk out of that club and be counted among men. Sickening to the core! !!!!!!

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