The Zimbabwe Independent has revealed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa last year when the country was in need of a bailout and going through an economic collapse bought a lot of weapons because he was afraid of a protest due to the economic collapse.
According to the publication:
Fearing potential mass protests that could be triggered by the deteriorating economy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration which came to power through a military coup in 2017 in June last year bought 50 000 mortar bombs and 58 500 grenades
At that time, the Independent also revealed that government reinforced its arsenal through the acquisition of 3 343 AK47 assault rifles, 2 000 CZ pistols, 500 P1 pistols, 500 Steyr-223 rifles,500 Uzi submachineguns, 500 Moseberg guns, 500 RPT guns,300 mortar tubes, 1 500 Tokarev guns,100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 22 943 AK47 magazines.
Although Zimbabwe has spent heavily on boosting its arsenal, the country desperately needs a substantial financial bailout package to rescue the troubled economy.
The economy has nosedived over the last 18 months with inflation soaring to over 450% and the people’s purchasing power eroding every single day.
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