Govt splurges $8 million on weapons

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Government is believed to have splurged $8 million on weapons

The cash-strapped government has splurged close to $8 million United States Dollars on the purchase of weapons, amid reports the country was running dry on various weapons including tear gas, rubber bullets, helmets, among many other items, the Mail and Telegraph can exclusively reveal.

Sources close to the developments told this publication that the weapons were purchased last week with funds released in two batches by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

“The first transaction of US$5,9 million was released last week Monday at the time Zimbabwe experinced a violent mass action as citizens and activists protested over rising cost of living.”

“On Monday this week a balance of US$2 million was paid and the consignment is expected in the country in the next few weeks,” the source said.

Despite reports that the security apparatus has been responding with heavy handedness in its reaction to protests a top government official said the purchase of weapons is meant to boost the state’s preparedness in handling protests.

“The government is boosting its artillery and increase their state of preparedness in case of any unrest as the masses are becoming militant by the day. They want to maintain peace and tranquility in the country,” revealed our source.

The weapons were reportedly bought from an arms company in Israel.

The RBZ governor Dr John Mangudya could not be reached for comment on Wednesday as his mobile phone was switched off.

Meanwhile, this week President Mnangagwa vowed that heads will roll within the security sector following reports of rogue elements who allegedly took part in last week’s anti-government protests.

However, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi has dismissed reports that there is a rebellion by soldiers saying there is no insurgency in Zimbabwe.

“There is no insurgency in the country at the moment. However, it has become apparent that there are criminal elements who tried to take advantage of the violent protests that were planned and perpetrated by opposition political movements and their associates in the country from 14 to 16 January 2019.

“These criminal elements do not in any way constitute a rebel group. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces is a disciplined professional force and there is no discord in the organisation which negative forces may wish to portray,” said Mugwisi.