President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly bought new cars for senior army personnel when the country’s economy is bleeding.
Reports suggest that lieutenant-colonels, colonels and brigadier-generals were among officers who received top-of-the-range vehicles including Toyota Land Cruisers.
These reports come when the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage this week flighted an advertisement inviting bids “from suitable and reputable suppliers for the supply of brand new double cab vehicles”.
The advert which was flighted this Thursday did not specify the number of vehicles the ministry wants to procure.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe professed ignorance of the tender invitation saying he does not get involved in procurement. He said:
I do not know anything about procurement. I am not in procurement, neither am I in operations. I have no idea. I do not know what is bought and what for. I do not get involved in those things.
Some have viewed the pampering of security personnel as a strategy by president Mnangagwa to avoid being removed from power by the military while some say it is a way of buying loyalty and obedience.
This comes when the country is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and other socio-economic issues including inflation, shortages of fuel, medicine and decent salaries for other workers.
More: Zimbabwe Independent