THE government is working on regulations that would halt the importation of second-hand ex-Japanese vehicles in a bid to promote the assembling of low-cost vehicles locally.

Industry and Commerce deputy minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa said Zimbabwe was losing much needed foreign currency importing second-hand vehicles.

Local vehicle assembling company Willowvale Mazda Motor Industry has blamed its troubles on the continued importation of used cars.

A number of Zimbabweans have resorted to importing second-hand vehicles, mainly from Japan, as they are cheaper than those assembled locally.

"We have a document that we have since furnished to the Cabinet which is going to be debated on," Mabuwa said in the Senate last week in response to a question by Zanu PF senator Shuvai Mahofa on what the government was doing to stop foreign currency outflows to import affordable cars.

"In that document, there is an issue on the manufacturing of vehicles and the issue of the money that is going out of the country to buy vehicles that come here and then break down.


"What we are doing right now is that there is a motor industry policy which we are using. It will be out very soon. It would encourage that we have four industries in Zimbabwe that are able to manufacture vehicles and to see whether they can make vehicles that can be accessed so that we do not continue to lose foreign currency," Mabuwa said.

Previous attempts by the government to raise import duty on second-hand vehicles to deter the buying of affordable cars outside the country have been met with resistance.

The government blames the second-hand ex-Japanese vehicles for the high number of accidents while ex-Environment and Natural Resources minister Francis Nhema once proposed their ban claiming that they were a threat to the environment.

However, the government continues to gross hundreds of millions of dollars in duty charged on the importation of affordable second-hand vehicles, according to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency.

The government in 2010 tried to ban the importation of second-hand cars, but abandoned the move following public pressure.




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mutirowafanza
+1 # mutirowafanza 2014-09-03 09:11
Mashaya imi vanhu imimi.
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chokwadi
+2 # chokwadi 2014-09-03 09:15
makuda futi kudzokera kuya kwekuti mugova ndimi moga munodriva. We have tasted driving too, We won't allow you to relagate us to be pedestrains again.
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reason
+3 # reason 2014-09-03 10:03
rubbish, kuda kudyira vanhu mari, even the locally manufactured vehicles will have imported kits, which foreign currency are you talking of now, first start by producing enough food which might be easier than day dreaming about manufacturing cars here and you cant hardlly assemble even a bicycle now let alone a child's pram.
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maitahenyu
+4 # maitahenyu 2014-09-03 10:25
One thing I have noticed of this government from day one is never pro people. daily they look at how to fix people. Imagine munhu kushaya hope because people he never wanted to own cars now can drive oenda ku parliament oti ban imports as if we have a viable car plant in the country. In RSA for 200 a month you can buy a car, but in zim you want a 1000 usd a month for mazda 3 if you are approved after paying a hefty deposit ask this bank which had put a Mazda 3 facility how many people could afford. Hey this country.
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batanayi
+1 # batanayi 2014-09-03 10:32
ndokuda kutipengera ka uku , kuda kushamisira mega ne mota manje ma x jap tirikuzowatenga kusvika manya ,iyo currency yacho ndeyedu?itai zvekubika chingwa ,government irikuita mari ne ma duty futi
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mynameis
0 # mynameis 2014-09-04 10:26
true paduty vanouraya munhu
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muzimbo
0 # muzimbo 2014-09-03 10:37
The biggest problem of our cabinet is u want to be seen to be doing something without adding any value to anything. remember u will hurt the strugling gvt how much was zimra realising from the imports? if u want to have a low cost manufacturer then just do so. buying second hand is not anyone's 1st choice.
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mynameis
+1 # mynameis 2014-09-03 10:45
I would buy a locally manufactured car if they provided reasonable payment plans. Vakatipa mota tichiita 5years tichibhadhara inenge iribho
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o#fatso
+1 # o#fatso 2014-09-03 10:46
ndokujairira vanhu ikoko,inga mota dzepa williovale murikuzvipa wani,kana takanyarara siyanai nesu
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nono
-2 # nono 2014-09-03 12:57
ya zvanga zvanyanya, totoshaya pekufamba nemaX5 edu
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Gunguwo
0 # Gunguwo 2014-09-03 15:23
Yatove garoziva kuti Zim yacho yayenyu
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Brunine
0 # Brunine 2014-09-03 15:56
Tell me which.foreing currency are.we losing. You dont want.to.see people living better.lives you dogs. All the way from the Sandura.scandal you never get enough you stink.
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Brunine
0 # Brunine 2014-09-03 15:56
Tell me which.foreing currency are.we losing. You dont want.to.see people living better.lives you dogs. All the way from the Sandura.scandal you never get enough you stink.
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Mafirakureva
0 # Mafirakureva 2014-09-03 19:49
Hatichaziva kut zvine musangano mukati heree pakaitwa unity gvt takaona vanhu vava nedzimota vamwe vanota kwazvo. Zvino hakuchina inclusive tonzwa ban japanese cars hee phase out kombis. Toti ndiyani aneutsinye nevanhu veZimbambwe? Handina kudoma zita PAFUNGEI
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Mphilo
0 # Mphilo 2014-09-04 06:26
Vatanga vanhu vasina nyadzi ko ma Ford avakanotenga vakadii kugara vaita zvavanorevaka kutenga iwo maBT50 acho imarii mota pamota imwechete,kunye pa kureasoner kuda kuuraya basa reumwe munhu,dzirikung odonha wane maFord acho,apa Mazda inogadzira ipi mota yavo yakasimba. Nxaaaaaaa kwanai munegodo
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mynameis
0 # mynameis 2014-09-04 10:27
:lol: :D :lol:
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madcoxxx
0 # madcoxxx 2014-09-04 15:50
revenue munozoiwana kupi, handiti maduty mukutirova 100%, muchamama mari imi yekubhadhara ma cevil servants.
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