The government spent a massive $8 million United States dollars on the purchase of weapons which include tear gas, rubber bullets, helmets, among many other items.
Mail and Telegraph sources close to the deals revealed that the weapons were purchased last week with funds released in two batches by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The source said:
The first transaction of US$5,9 million was released last week Monday at the time Zimbabwe experienced a violent mass action as citizens and activists protested over the rising cost of living.
On Monday this week, a balance of US$2 million was paid and the consignment is expected in the country in the next few weeks.
… The government is boosting its artillery and increase their state of preparedness in case of any unrest as the masses are becoming militant by the day. They want to maintain peace and tranquillity in the country.
Heavily-armed soldiers and para-military police units armed with tear gas and water canons descended on citizens last week to quell demonstrations that had spread across the country like wild fire. The violence resulted in the death of 12 people.