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splashes out on Zanu PF loyalists
Owen Gagare, The Independent Zimbabwe
October 11, 2013
upgrading its fleet of vehicles for security sector bosses and top
civil servants, most of whom played a crucial role in ensuring Zanu-PF
the July 31 elections.
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
“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
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.
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
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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