Speaking on Twitter, Finance and Economic Development Ministry secretary George Guvamatanga defended the purchase of 80 police vehicles.
Guvamatanga said the cars were bought for less than $3 million and not nearly $100 million speculated on social media. He said the vehicles are necessary for law enforcement agents to fulfil their constitutional mandate. In a series of tweets Guvamatanga said:
This is factually incorrect. A single cab Toyota does not cost $125 000. The police acquired 80 Single cab vehicles for operations and only 40 vehicles have been delivered to date.
A fully equipped police service is an imperative in any country. The 80 vehicles were acquired at a total cost of less than $3m. Austerity does not mean creating a dysfunctional Government through lack of basic resources and equipment needed for the maintenance of peace and order in the country.
We are also addressing some of the challenges faced by the broader social services delivery in the country. A lot is happening behind the scenes.