Defence forces in dire shortage of funds

The Zimbabwe defense forces are short of cash

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
7 February 2014

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces are reportedly operating on a shoe-string, putting their operational duties in jeopardy, a parliamentary report has revealed.

The report on defence and home affairs says soldiers have not been able to access healthcare because of the army not paying its debts. The report adds that the police too are battling to settle debts amounting to nearly $145 million to service providers, which has resulted in some services being withdrawn.

The ministry of defence was allocated slightly more than $356 million, which amounts to 8.9% of the 2014 national budget but, despite that, the army chiefs have dismissed it as grossly inadequate considering the ministry’s needs.

The heads of the military, police and CIO are among a few very rich individuals in the country because of their strong links to the ruling party.

For the 2013-2016 period, the report indicates that the defence ministry’s seven priority areas are all under threat because of underfunding. Those areas are the maintenance of existing defence force equipment and facilities, training, re-equipment, refurbishment and upgrading, research and development, defence projects and food security.

Meanwhile, Air Zimbabwe’s two A320 Airbuses have been grounded at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the last four months, amid reports the planes were unserviceable.

NewsDay reported on Thursday that grounding of the Airbuses adds to the woes of the national carrier that now has only two planes in the air servicing the Harare-Johannesburg route and the domestic market. They are a Boeing 737 and a leased Embraer jet.

The third functional plane is a Boeing 767 which is used when the 737 is down or when President Robert Mugabe is travelling outside the country.



4 Responsesto “Defence forces in dire shortage of funds”

  1. THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

    You could trust the New York Mafia more than these hated and despised liars, murderers and state looters !

    As one of the World’s top economists said during Mugabe’s hyperinflation: “Any Zimbabwean business that operates strictly according to the government rules will go bankrupt in days, if not in minutes.” That is why many businesses and Zimbabweans have opted out of the system – as it was designed to strip them entirely of their every asset!

    The only reason Mugabe’s face was not used on his soon worthless 100 Trillion Zimbabwe dollar note, was because Zanu PF wanted to prevent the nation from having the huge satisfaction of being able to wipe their bums on his face when they used the notes for cheap toilet paper !

  2. Yepec says:

    Thought that Patrick Chinamasa of Zanu PF, is the new Minister of Finance, how come the Defence Forces are in dire need of funds?

  3. Common Sense says:

    Mugabe will find the money from Diamonds, no military = no power of the people… this is nothing about defending Zimbabwe against non- existent external enemies.

  4. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Zimbabwe’s army short of cash? Everything else can be short of cash and not the defence forces of this country. Zimbabwe is procuring all types of military arsenals imaginable because it is under threat from countries that want to invade it and be in control of its huge mineral and land resources. Every country of the world is envious of its diamonds, emeralds, platinum, gold and many other precious metals. It would be foolish for this country not to prepare itself militarily for any eventuality. If need be all monies should go towards the fulfilment of this noble objective. I hope, I will not touch the nerve of my critics whose view is that this country should not spend a penny in procuring military hardware because they consider it is now broke.

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