GVE London, the company that sold and delivered a £335 000 Rolls Royce Phantom to a “mysterious Zimbabwean minister” has backed down and alleged the vehicle was actually sold to an ordinary Zimbabwean.
The fancy car was being linked to Youth, Sport and Recreation deputy Minister, Tino Machakaire. He denies owning the car but admits “having the capacity to do so.”
Zimbabweans expressed anger over the alleged importation saying the anonymous minister was abusing state funds.
British Liberal Democrat and member of the House of Lords, Jonathan Oates, on Monday said he would raise questions in Parliament over how the transaction was handled.
He said he would also ask his government whether there had been discussions between the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Bank of England on whether foreign currency regulations were followed during the transaction.
GVE London, one of the United Kingdom’s leading independent suppliers of luxury vehicles, took to microblogging site Twitter last week saying they were delivering the luxurious vehicle to one of their top clients in Zimbabwe who is a minister but did not mention the name.
This raised speculation that it could have been Youth deputy minister Tino Machakaire. GVE London said in a brief statement:
GVE London would like to apologise for any misunderstanding caused by a recent video posted on our social media implying that a vehicle we recently sold was being sold to a minister in Zimbabwe.
This was incorrect. The employee that made the statement was not involved in the sale of the vehicle and did not know that this vehicle was actually being sold to a private individual. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Machakaire runs a successful transport and logistics business trading as Tinmac with the latest trucks running into several hundreds. His business straddles the southern Africa region.