Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza denied reports Government engaged a German company to manufacture vehicle registration number plates following a shortage.
The shortage has been caused by the lack of foreign currency to import raw materials required to produce the plates. Matiza’s remarks follow reports by ZBC last week that Government had engaged a Germany company Erich Utsch AG under a US$20 million deal to manufacture number plates at various plants to be set up in various provinces. He said the current arrangement in terms of producing number plates had not changed. Said Matiza:
We have not engaged any foreign company to manufacture number plates for us. Such media claims are bent on misleading the public. We are hoping that the recently announced monetary measures are going to result in increased foreign currency inflows and that will also allow us to import the raw materials we require to manufacture the number plates. We also expect the new policy that we introduced on the use of old number plates to ease pressure on the demand for number plates.