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CORRUPTION!! Outrage In Mozambique As Members Of Parliament Allocate Brand New Luxury Mercedes To Themselves!!

The Mozambican parliament has bought brand-new autos for its leadership at an expected cost of $3.8 million.

The 18 extravagance Mercedes Benz saloon cars are for the top ruling party and opposition MPs who make up the parliament’s overseeing board, known as the Standing Commission, according to the BBC.

The purchase has, however, sparked online outrage within the country as the vast majority of Mozambicans say they find it insensitive, considering that the country is in the middle of an economic decline that has prompted authorities to propose cuts to public spending.

Reacting to the public outcry, Rogerio Nkomo, the National Budget director in the Ministry of Finance, defended the purchase, telling an independent television station that members of the Standing Commission were entitled to such vehicles.

Mercedes Benz in Africa
Mercedes Benz in Africa. Photo credit: EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Antonio Muchanga, the leader of the main opposition party Renamo, criticized the government for its decision, saying a request was made for vehicles without specifying the make.

But Lutero Simango, a Member of Parliament elected on the platform of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement party, described his use of one of the cars as “legitimate” and rationalized the purchase by saying they were meant for official use.

Last August, protests greeted a plan by the government of Uganda to pay each one of its 427-member parliament the sum of Sh150m ($42,000) for the purchase of new personal vehicles.

In one of the protests, demonstrators introduced live pigs, which were painted in the colors of the ruling and opposition parties, in to the parliament building to symbolize the greed of the MPs.


Written by How Africa

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