Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said Government has not yet authorised the purchase of new vehicles for ministers and Members of Parliament as part of its austerity measures to reduce expenses.
He said ministers and MPs are using cars borrowed from either parastatals or other government departments. Said Ncube:
Ministers are using borrowed cars either from parastatals or other government departments. This also applied to Members of Parliament. We’ve all said as ministers and MPs we should meet the people of Zimbabwe halfway and show that we sympathise with them as we go through this reform agenda. The situation will get better over time but for now things have to be the way they are. In terms of civil servants we did realise that the sharp increase in prices needed a response and we decided to cushion them between January and March.