Zimbabwe’s government has acquired a fleet of new vehicles worth nearly $1m for the country’s police to be used to maintain law and order countrywide.
The vehicles include buses, utility trucks and traffic enforcement vehicles.
Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri said the vehicles would help officers “in dealing with merchants and architects of the wave of violence currently threatening national security,” the Herald reported.
Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo, said the two buses were outstanding from the previous delivery commissioned by President Mugabe in May last year. The president had commissioned a fleet of 97 vehicles at a ceremony held at Morris Depot in May last year. The fleet included 77 trucks and 20 buses.
The country is in the grip of worsening cash shortage that has led to unrest amongst civilians who have been taking to the streets to protest.
There have been a number of reactions on Twitter in regards to the buying of the new cars. One Twitter user said: “This is what nervousness does. They feel threatened now. Good for them.” Journalist @zenzele suggested the purchase meant Zanu-PF was “ready for 2018″, when elections are due.
Outspoken Zimbabwe advocate Fadzayi Mahere commented on Facebook: “I thought the country had no money to buy antibiotics and other essential medication for Harare Hospital?”
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