Two MPs reject Parly vehicles

HARARE - Two Zanu PF National Assembly members have rejected official vehicles offered through the Parliamentary Vehicle Loan Scheme, saying they did not go to Parliament but improve the lot of their constituents.

Justice Mayor Wadyajena, MP for Gokwe-Nembudziya and his Hurungwe West counterpart Temba Mliswa, noted that while the vehicles were necessary to enable legislators to access their constituencies easily, they particularly did not need them as they already owned cars.

“I did not take delivery of that vehicle because that is not the reason why I was elected into office,” Wadyajena told a Youth Forum employment conference in Harare last week. “My constituents are more concerned about my representing them in the august House than the privileges associated with that.”

He was responding to youths who wanted him to explain government’s wisdom in awarding the contract to Croco Motors ahead of local car assembler Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries (WMMI).

The youths argued that the initiative should have prioritised WMMI which would benefit them through employment creation when the car assembly is revived.

Earlier in the week, Mliswa said there was no need for MPs, who already owned vehicles, to benefit from the scheme.

Mliswa argued that the cash used to purchase vehicles should have been used to benefit the poor in various constituencies.

“We should have had options instead of cars,” Mliswa said. “I would have liked to use my money to renovate a school or a clinic in my constituency. Cattle without ticks should not be taken to a dip tank. In fact, why should MPs with cars be offered cars?”

Remigeous Matangira, Zanu PF legislator for Bindura South, told the Daily News when the vehicles were availed to MPs he was elated to receive one but, he could do without it as he already owns another one.

Matangira said he wanted to see government showing commitment to improve the lot of civil servants.

“I am an individual who has worked hard and I have a farm and a small mine so I can afford to buy my car,” he said. “The parliamentary vehicle is a bonus, so I think government should also consider civil servants’ welfare because it is important and I know they will be taken care of,” added the dreadlocked lawmaker.

Government is buying 360 new Ford Ranger vehicles worth about $12 million for legislators, at a time it is struggling to pay civil servants’ salaries on time.

The purchase of the off-road vehicles is likely to further rock the boat for a government accused of profligate spending on perks for ministers and government officials while turning a blind eye to the plight of lowly paid civil servants.

Government also reportedly spent about $6 million recently to buy 100 fuel-guzzling vehicles for ministers.

Zimbabweans are urging the MPs to grow the economy before they demand more perks.

Comments (20)

hahaha, already looted enough vana Mliswa

Tshokwadi - 9 July 2014

Mliswa and counterpart should be commended for the move. We are not looking at their history here whether they have looted or not. This step is quite a healthy move for a doddering economy. Some MPs don't really care about what happens to their constituencies. They are on the get rich fast move.

Regalia - 9 July 2014

Justice Mayor Wadyajena is making a lot of the right noices in the corridors of power...he needs to be careful that Diesel from the rocks et al calibre people will not gamatox.

Galore 123 - 9 July 2014

Dai vakatanga kuburitsa story yana Themba iyi pavakatanga kupa motor idzi zvaidai zvakabatsira. Now its too late cause vamwe vakatoita accident nadzo kare, and no one achakopawo zvaitwa nana Themba izvi. Ini ndinoti zvakanaka chaizvo. Ndi MP wekwedu iyeyu takamumirira kuti aite zvinoonekwa

Tino - 9 July 2014

Well done boys. Zvinhuzvese zvinepazvinotangira. Muchenjere kudzoka shure mambotanga kuita zvakanaka. Vamwe vagarisa muhurumende chavave kungoda ndecheuviri nguva dzose.

mahwemasimike - 9 July 2014

Well done boys. Zvinhuzvese zvinepazvinotangira. Muchenjere kudzoka shure mambotanga kuita zvakanaka. Vamwe vagarisa muhurumende chavave kungoda ndecheuviri nguva dzose.

mahwemasimike - 9 July 2014

Haiwa Themba Mliswa has a claim of millions from Billy (extortion) for intorducing him to Dhiziri pachinhoyi his uncle. He has millions of money gained through corruption and a lot more cars accrued from elicit delas, extortion, bribes, blackmail etc at the expense of the countery. Refusing a simple car worh 30 when you have deceitfully gained millions throu corruption is nothing but selling a dummy in darkness. There are no takers for such tomfoolery!

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boreholes - 9 July 2014

Cattle without ticks should not be taken to a dip tank. In fact, why should MPs with cars be offered cars?” pakadii apa.

mari - 9 July 2014

Be it they looted or not there is need to give an applause to these carders. Their`s is for good cause. Unotoona anhu anenge ana chombo maminister of landcruisers achisvasvanhira kuda imwe mota ipapa. Why???? greedness chete chete. Pandagona ndipembedzeiwo. Well done guys although chiparty chenyu chakaora!

Takaz - 9 July 2014

Guys,let's give credit where it is due &chakanaka ngachitendwe. Although I'm MDC 100% , I fully & wholeheartedly applaud the two MPs. If ZANU PF leaders behaved like them,there would have been little opposition.There would never have been any political polarization among the ordinary people.Thank you TEMBA & Wadyajena. You are the true sons of the soil.

chakanaka chakanaka - 10 July 2014

clap hands for you guys , tikaita vanhu 10 vanenge imimi tinobudirira keep it up

N Makaripe - 10 July 2014

Ya I also thought about Thembas idea on WMMI, but then i am now also concerned about what the company is thinking in terms of the current market demands.. Look i hear some engineers are linking up with YUTONG to assemble buses in Zim...WMMI seems to be in comfort zone.. no initiative watsoever....just a thought guys!

tonde - 10 July 2014

Good "boys" well done ,super the old is gone and the new has come there"s now no condemnation of sin who is man that we should be afraid of who is to judge others. Vana Pauro vakachinja wani. Good guys keep it up.

mariyeti Mpala - 11 July 2014

This is one very good example of true and patriotic leadership that we need in Zimbabwe Keep it up we need more of pple like u guys who remember the underpriviledged especially civil servants and constituencies. Hats off to u guys.

chihope c - 15 July 2014

The majority of MP's paid their supporters for their votes. That was "deal done"between People and MP. How can People now cry foul?

Abri - 15 July 2014

Its good to have that kind of positive mind. But be carefull the cars that you did not take,the money might be used by those corrupt partners of yours. You know them. Thank you guys at you have reapented God can forgive. you.

basviri - 16 July 2014

lets share national resources. ilizwe lei linotthile kuphela amagovu yiwo amanengi

kunzima - 16 July 2014

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