Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said Zimbabwe army has no food.
Speaking before Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services , Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri raised concern over the shortage of personal protective equipment, which branded a serious challenge affecting the security forces working in the Covid-19 frontline.
“Inadequate funding for food, transport, fuel and kitting, which became perennial after the imposition of illegal sanctions also took its toll on both the morale of troops and their effectiveness.
“The main challenge confronting the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in fighting Covid-19 is lack of resources.”
She noted that the same committee had frequently heard about the scarcity of funds for normal operations.
“While the Ministry is making frantic efforts to acquire adequate personal protective equipment, its efforts were recently complemented by a donation from the Ministry of Defence of the People’s Republic of China worth more than US$300 000.
“Temptation comes in some situations as our soldiers do not have rations. It is important that we get resources so that our soldiers will not be tempted.
“On the issue of rations, we requested for $500 million, but were only allocated $100 million, which is a drop in the ocean. It remains a concern. This is a security issue because it affects our economy. We have certain elements such as those who were in prison who may cause havoc.