The Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED) has unveiled a total of 100 vehicles acquired by the parastatal to capacitate government’s operations at its headquarters in the capital.

State-owned CMED continues with its recapitalisation overdrive following the acquisition of 70 single cab vehicles for its operations and 30 seven tonne trucks meant for hire to other government departments.

Speaking during the official launch of the new fleet, Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Joram Gumbo said government acknowledges the role played by CMED as one of the few parastatals performing its mandate efficiently.

“As government, we acknowledge the important role that CMED plays as a catalyst to the country’s socio-economic development agenda hence its status as a state owned enterprise. I must, however, state that CMED is a commercial entity that survives on its own,” he said.

Board chair CMED Professor Isheunesu Mupepereki hailed the cost cutting measures implemented by his board in the acquisition of the vehicles.

He also said they are determined to set an example to other parastatals as a profitable enterprise.

“We reduced our salaries by 25 percent and other luxuries as a way of saving,” Professor Mupepereki said.

Some few months ago, CMED procured a multi-purpose road reclaimer, three interlink tippers and two rig tippers for countrywide road construction.

Minister Gumbo also acknowledged CMED’s efforts in stabilising fuel supply at all its service stations as a positive development.