The Zanu PF Member of Parliament for the Gokwe-Nembudziya constituency, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, who was reported to have spent an eye-popping US$210,000 on a Lamborghini Urus SUV, says the car actually cost double that!
Said Wadyajena: “One correction on the US$210,000… you’d have to double that! I became a millionaire in my early 20’s, that yellow super machine is hard earned, legitimately too!”
The car being was offloaded from a KLM cargo flight from Europe at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday.
Multiple reports claim the young MP, a close ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, did not pay duty for the vehicle after negotiating a rebate with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).
But social media eripted in anger, although some defended the legislator saying unless evidence of corruption and thieving had been brought forward, he had every right as anyone to spend is money how he wishes.
Watson Flexy Munyaka said: “In 2005 he had more than 200 trucks and he could afford that car even back then he buys a new blue M5 limited edition every year since kuma 2000 if you are a Hararian you familiar with the blue M5 yakanzi Mayor that always new.
“He is one humble guy i know trust me ane mari kudarika ginimbi and wicknell combined but hamumuzive coz he is quiet like that. Kungoti you just hate and say wese ane mari imbavha never look at the things some of these people are doing kuma constituents avo out of their own pocket.
“Problem is you just rush to say things zvamusingazive. Zimra duty ndere ma second hand cars. When you buy a new car unobhadhara 10% vat in this case it’s 21000usd haambotadza. People rush to conclude wese aita mari aba yet we working our black asses off here. Can’t we ever get to a point we congratulate aitawo chakanaka be it ndewe Zanu or MDC.”
While more than 90 per cent of Zimbabweans are struggling to make ends meet, some observers were unhappy by the revelation that a ruling party MP can live in such opulence.
Here is how some Zimbabweans on Twitter reacted:
The guy who imported a Lamborghini into Zim should be a testament that the sanctions mantra is an excuse. If people wanted to be real farmers they could import John Deere tractors & equipment from anywhere. People buy ex-Jap cars every day but they claim sanctions on productivity nxa! Freeman
Parliament has a scheme under which it allocates a fixed amount, about US$40K, to each MP to purchase a car duty-free. MPs can top up the allocated amount to purchase/import a car of their choice. In the instant case, the MP says he purchased the Lamborghini for U$420 000.00! Prof Jonathan Moyo
From today onwards, anyone who blames Zimbabwe’s economic demise on SANCTIONS instead of ZANUPF’s corruption is a Dum-Dum. That is the new name for those who defend rot using sanctions, call them Dum-Dums. They are fools who think the whole country is stupid! Down with Dum Dum! Hopewell Chin’ono
I can’t pay $1 500 child support: Wadyajena – DailyNews Live so gladly his fortunes have changed so positively in the last 5 years. Chipo Dendere
This is the guy that could not pay maintained for his child. He could not afford RTGS 1500 he swore this b4 a judge. Simon Chiruka 1
@fortunechasi The bicycle deal is off, handingaiti bhasikoro I have worked so hard I have hard earned money, ndatengawo mota yangu Aaah vamwe voDriver supercharged cars with 5-litre engines isu totenga mabhasikoro? @JusticeMayorW which Zimra Office do I go to for free duty? Cde Setfree Mafukidze
People should stop judging other people’s way of spending their money if the did not steal it, its a capitalist world that was brought by your America. Most of you here walk on pavements flooded with struggling vendors in USD200 shoes, how different is that? Logan T Chasi
They lie that sanctions are to blame for our economic woes. Their creature comforts aren’t affected. They’ve forex to buy Lamborghinis from Europe & hire private jets from Dubai. They hobnob with elites in Switzerland, pontificating about their pretend solutions to our problems. Fadzayi Mahere
(Zim MP imports a Lamborghini when the gov blames sanctions for being unable to afford or obtain the most basic essentials.) Me: “This is clearly the most egregious thing I’ll see all day.” Zimbabwe: “Hold my beer.” Wes Beal
The Lamborghini Urus is an SUV manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini. It was unveiled on 4 December 2017 and was put on the market for the 2018 model year. The name comes from the Urus, the ancestor of modern domestic cattle, also known as the aurochs.
Lamborghini boasts that the Urus needs just 3.6 seconds to reach 100 kph, and can reach speeds of 200 kph in 12.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 305 kph.
Powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine offering 478 kW from 6,000 rpm and 845 Nm of torque from 2,250 rpm, the Urus is Lamborghini’s first SUV since the 1980s LM002.
Commenting on the purchase journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said while “it is his (Wadjajena’s) money and he can do what he wants with it. But this explains the poverty-wealth gulf between the Zanu PFelites and the ordinary people in the streets.
“Whilst thousands of our people are dying daily for lack of diabetic medication, the elites have access to foreign exchange for this kind of a buy. Now this is the difference between the ZANU PF elites and the Rhodesians. The Rhodies invested in factories in the Granite Side area of town and the Heavy industry area of Southerton.
“They built a huge economy when they were under real sanctions that included a trade embargo. They built hospitals, roads, schools, created jobs, had working social services and provided council housing. How do you expect our country to thrive when we allocate foreign exchange to those buying Lamborghinis?
“All these folks are not ordinary MPs, they belong to a special club of the President’s inner circle! Here is the joke, Wadyajena didn’t even pay customs duty for this yellow car which is now already on Harare’s roads. I am sure those on the lower end of the ZANU PF feeding trough are now starting to understand what we preach here daily.
“Holding public office comes with certain responsibilities that include being seen as sensitive to your people’s suffering. But not in Zimbabwe. We have cancer machines that are not working, not even one of them is working in the whole country. Yet our leaders flaunt this type of profligacy!
“The money that the taxpayer lost by Wadyajena not paying customs duties could have paid for the servicing of the five cancer machines that are not working in public hospitals. Zimbabwe has 5 cancer machines in public hospitals and all of them are down and yet they only need $122,000 to get them working again.
“Meanwhile poor Zimbabweans are having their groceries confiscated at borders by the same ZIMRA that is letting in the ZANU PF elites bring these cars duty free! Shame,” Chin’ono added.