Chinotimba says MPs should not pay for vehicles they use because they are doing government work


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Buhera South Member of Parliament Joseph Chinotimba yesterday said legislators should not pay for vehicles that they were issued by the government because they are using them to go government work.

MPs were issued Ford Rangers which they should pay for.

“We are always travelling in our constituencies and if you see people sleeping in this august House, it is because they are tired of travelling,” Chinotimba said. 

“Those vehicles are no longer serving their purposes because I am now doing the work that the secretary is supposed to be doing, because government said there is no money. 

“However we are expected to pay for those vehicles, yet we are performing government duty with that same vehicle.

“In the Seventh Parliament, the vehicle loans were written off and MPs did not pay for the vehicles. 

“My request is for all the vehicles that we were given not to be paid for and the government should foot the bill, because the work that we are doing is difficult.  We are doing government’s work.”

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda advised Chinotimba that yesterday’s sitting was not the right platform to raise the issue.

He said legislators were given ample opportunities to raise their concerns and should go through the chief whips because they made up the Welfare Committee.

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