Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation Tinoda Machakarika, (ZANU PF), has splashed US$770 000 – including shipping and import duty – on a Rolls Royce Phantom, ZimLive reported.
Machakarika, also referred to as Tinomudaishe Machakaire (39), reportedly paid GVE London £330,000 for the luxury car and £30 000 for shipping – about US$495 800 in total.
GVE London posted videos on social media confirming that it had shipped the car to a Zimbabwean minister, but the company did not name Machakaire.
However, ZimLive reported multiple sources as having identified Machakaire as the owner of the expensive car.
Another source at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) estimated duty on the vehicle would be in the region of U$275 000, pushing Machakaire’s total bill to just over US$770 000.
Machakaire’s transport and logistics company, TinMac Motors also reportedly acquired a new fleet of haulage trucks recently.
Machakaire, who represents Wedza South in the National Assembly, is related to Kudakwashe Tagwirei, the millionaire petroleum oligarch who owns Sakunda Holdings.
His company TinMac Motors won huge tenders to move farming equipment and other implements under the US$3 billion Command Agriculture scheme.
Meanwhile, Sakunda Holdings carried out all procurement under Command Agriculture, a scheme which a parliamentary committee concluded was carried out without any accountability.
Britain’s Liberal Democrats party has demanded an inquiry into how ZANU PF elites are moving large sums of money through the United Kingdom’s financial system to fund their lavish lifestyles.
Lord Oates, the Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Zimbabwe, wrote on Twitter:
I am horrified by this and will be asking what the due diligence rules are to prevent this from happening.
It is appalling to see Zimbabwean ministers behave like this when there is so much need in Zimbabwe and equally appalling that it seems like it is being facilitated here.
Back home, opposition MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said:
We continue to demand radical transparency and a far-reaching international audit of the offshore networks that enable looting by Zimbabwean ministers and political elites.
They launder the loot by buying supercars while the masses starve. Corruption is killing us.
Machakaire however, expressed ignorance over the Rolls Royce Phantom deal, saying: “I don’t know anything about this story.”