Legislators' cars cost taxpayers $16m

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s free spending government is splashing $16 million on top-of-the-range off-road vehicles at a time when many people are facing starvation.

The tender, floated yesterday by the State Procurement Board, is inviting bids for Isuzu trucks and Toyota Prados.

The Central Mechanical Engineering Department  specifies in the tender that it is looking to buy 20 Toyota Prado VXL vehicles and 250 Isuzu double cab vehicles.

The 250 Isuzus are for legislators while the 20 Toyota  Prado VXL  vehicles are for Cabinet ministers.
Just last month, government invited bids for 100 Ford Rangers.

In a bid to support the local automotive industry, government was looking at sourcing the 100 Ford Rangers from the ailing government-owned Wilowvale Mazda Motor Industries.

The parliamentary committee on Industry and Commerce has been seized with the matter, with chairperson of the committee Ray Kaukonde confirming that his committee was advocating that Willowvale gets the Ford Ranger deal.

Willowvale has said it has the capacity to procure the vehicles from South Africa’s General Motors.

Next week,  Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha  is expected to tour Willowvale to assess the plant and capacity of the company.

Comments (2)

The Government should buy all vehicles from Willowvale they is a new range of latest Mazda.Minister Bimha please support local industry it would be nice to see you driving in our own assembled car

Colonel - 13 November 2013

This has always puzzled my mind. Government's procurement regulations are very clear. You cannot ordinarily specify a brand when procuring goods and services - rather, you specify your user requirements. The circumstances that may warranty that the gorvenment specifies a specific brand in proucring employee vehicles is when a condition of service is to be met whereby a manager for example is allowed to slect the vehicle he/she intents to use and a waiver is applied for. I doubt very much that all ministers requested Prados but certain individuals are abusing Cabinet's authority to their advantage. The office of the President and Cabinet should investigate this anormally! For intersest sake can the officials distinguish between a Prado, Land Rover Discovery 4, BMW X5, ML, Nissan Patrol, GMC etc. I doubt. What is the difference btween an ISUZU double cab vs a Toyata/Mazda/VW/GMC/Forton/Nissan? Where the provisions of Cabinet Circular No.16 of 2011 followed?I doubt, after all Prado's and Isuzu twin cabs are not special types of vehicles.

warvet - 13 November 2013

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