- Published on 05 July 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
Zanu PF Matabeleland North member of parliament Mail Nkomo survived a horrific accident with her newly acquired Ford Ranger parliamentary vehicle.
The Ranger is part of a Parliamentary Vehicle Loan Scheme where more than 290 legislators got cars from Croco Motors.
Nkomo had to spend four days in hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.
Zanu PF Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Richard Moyo confirmed the accident.
Meanwhile, At least six other Members of Parliament have been involved in road accidents across the country in their top-of-the-range Ford Ranger vehicles barely weeks after they were delivered, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Mail Nkomo becomes the seventh MP to be involved in accident with his new vehicle.
The legislators were among beneficiaries of the brand new all-terrain vehicles under the Parliamentary Vehicle Loan Scheme, through a deal hammered with Croco Motors at a cost of about US$10 million.
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Obert Mpofu told a meeting of driving school owners in Bulawayo that he was notified of the accidents by an insurance company charged with insuring the vehicles that started being released to the lawmakers last month.
"I was registering insurance for my vehicle for Parliament in Harare yesterday. The insurance company told me that already more than six members have been involved in accidents with the vehicles after collection. A vehicle belonging to one Member of Parliament from Lupane overturned and rolled several times near Insuza when she was from collecting it from the showroom," he said.
But as a cabinet minister he also has a fleet of at least three State-provided luxury cars at his disposal.
THE government admits to serious cash struggles but that did not stop the Zanu PF administration from splashing a reported $20 million early this year on comfy and pricy new wheels for ministers.
Under the scheme, 26 cabinet ministers, 13 ministers of state and 24 deputies were handed Mercedes Benz E350, Toyota Land Cruisers VX200 and SUVs. Legislators were also handed top-of-the-range Ford Ranger vehicles.
'Self-sacrificing' Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa of Zanu PF refused to take the offer up, arguing the $11 million could be put to better use developing poor constituencies.
Legislators already had vehicles anyway and did not, absolutely, need new cars, Mliswa said.
"We have not yet received the Constituency Development Fund and this should have been an opportunity for us to be given an option of helping our constituencies with that money," he said.
"We should have had options instead of a car. I would have liked to use my money to renovate a school or a clinic in my constituency. In fact, why should MPs with cars be offered cars? Why should cattle without ticks be taken to a dip tank?"