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THE government will splash over $1 million in buying all-terrain vehicles for newly elected National Assembly members who got into Parliament through by-elections.
This comes as 290 members of the Eighth Parliament who received all-terrain Ford Ranger vehicles worth $35,000 each, are yet to start repaying the loans.
At least 30 new legislators will require the new vehicles this year after their entry into Parliament precipitated by the recalling of 21 legislators from the august House by the MDC and the sacking of five legislators by Zanu-PF.
Two other seats became vacant as a result of deaths while another two were necessitated by the elevation to the post of Vice President of Emmerson Mnangagwa and the expulsion of Joice Mujuru from Zanu-PF.
Already 19 by-elections have been held this year and four more are pending in Mbire, Mwenezi East, Marondera Central (September 19) and Mudzi West (July 24).
Seven go into Parliament via proportional representation based on the MDC-T’s share of the vote in the 2013 harmonised elections.
If Parliament is going to use its Vehicle Loan Scheme with a local motor vehicle dealer, Croco Motors, it means the 30 legislators will need not less than $1,1 million for the Ford Ranger vehicles.Source: chronicle