The CMED Private Limited is struggling to maintain state vehicles in good condition as it is owed more than $24 million by government departments for vehicle maintenance services.
it is also owed $768 000 by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for services rendered during the 2013 harmonised elections.
Government vehicles have no insurance despite the fact that the majority of them are in a bad condition.
It is also interesting to note that they have been allowed past police road blocks despite the risk they pose on those who use them.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development Cde Dexter Nduna said the organisation is now failing to cope with the demand for service as it urgently requires money to procure spare parts.
“Unless and until government pays what it owes to CMED expeditiously, we will see the company continue to go to the doldrums. The vehicles are in a deplorable and disused state and if you want to see disused vehicles look no further than government vehicles,” said CdeE Nduna.
Matabeleland North Minister of State Ambassador Cain Mathema expressed concern that some government vehicles in bad condition are still allowed to operate.
“We are making an appeal now, most of these vehicles are not repaid but some are in good condition. So we need to make sure that people travel in safe vehicles,” he said.
Government owns a total of 22 000 vehicles across the country.
While human error cannot be eliminated, the Jimila road traffic accident serves as evidence that government departments have been overloading vehicles thus failing to adhere to road traffic regulations.