President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo have issued contradicting figures with regards to the value of the Belarus farm mechanisation project.
The president tweeted Wednesday after launching the facility suggesting that the country had injected US$51 million into the project. He said:
I was delighted to announce today that we have invested $51 million USD in over 800 units of farming equipment. This investment will help to revitalize our agriculture industry and make sure no community is left behind as we grow and develop our great nation.
On the same day, Minister Moyo also posted on Twitter insinuating that US$58 million had been invested. The former army boss said:
The new dispensation under H.E @ is determined to play a positive role in the globalized world. Zimbabwe is always welcome to new trade and investment opportunities.
Today’s US$58 million agriculture investment is a vital step in the mordenizing of Zim agriculture.
Some observers said it could be a genuine error by either of them while some said it could be a deliberate ploy to abuse state resources.
This comes when cases of abuse of public funds including COVID-19 funds by some senior government officials are still at the courts.