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Zimbabwe Government Minister Urges Backing of Local Car Industry

August 12, 2014

During a visit to Zimbabwe's Quest Motors in Mutare, Provincial Affairs Minister Chris Mushohwe called on the government to promote the purchase of vehicles produced in the country, according to a report by

Mushohwe said the government could not expect its blueprint ZimAsset to succeed while continuing to import finished products from neighboring countries such as South Africa, according to the report. The minister said it did not make sense for the government to buy luxury vehicles for MPs in South Africa yet the same cars were being manufactured at the same price in Zimbabwe.

He cited a JMC double cab which was being sold for $28,000 at Quest Motors which he said was suitable for MPs in the country, according to the report. Quest Motors, at the moment, is sitting on a fleet of over 500 vehicles which the management said had no takers. At its peak Quest Motors employed 1,300 workers, operating on a double shift.

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