A Zimbabwean Cabinet Minister has reportedly bought a Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase from elite British car dealer GVE London for an eye-popping cost of US$1 million.
In an undated video shared by some Zimbabweans on social media on Friday, a GVE customer relations official is seen proudly taking the video to the plane for shipping to Harare.
The sales official described the unnamed Zimbabwean as their very good client. While the name of the Zimbabwean Minister has not been revealed, a source told hourlyhits.com that the customer was not exactly a Minister but was indeed a prominent Zanu-PF official.
“That’s a mix-up by the GVE salesperson;” said a source on condition of anonymity. “The owner of the exotic supercar is a top ruling party official, very moneyed guy, but certainly not a Minister.
Responding to the developments, anti-corruption activist journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said this was evidence that Zanu-PF elites were looting and blaming their incompetence on sanctions.
“Zanu-PF Ministers lie to the ignorant that the country has no forex due to sanctions, whilst they are busy looting public funds and plundering Zimbabwe’s natural resources,” said Chin’ono.
“Whilst many are dying without access to medication, have no access to clean drinking water, have no books in schools and no jobs, a Government minister saw it fit to buy a US$1 million car.
“This is what we have saying that Zimbabwe has all it needs, but it is being stolen by a criminal canal that uses State institutions to arrest and jail journalists who expose this theft!”
According to prominent car review blogger Drew Dorian, “it the Mercedes-Benz S-class is the automotive equivalent to a first-class flight, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom is a luxury private jet with an on-board masseuse and a Michelin-starred chef”.
The car starts at a price of US$450,000 for the sedan version, but the extended wheelbase can cost up to US$1 million.
“These cars are built to the exacting requirements of the millionaires and billionaires who can afford them; these carriages of the rich are often customized down to the last detail,” Dorian adds.
The car is powered by a twin turbo V12 engine. The interior trimmings are nexy to none. Watch the GVR sales agent proudly parading the Harare-bound supercar in the video below.
GVE London is a supercar showroom in Uxbridge, UK, and handles models such aa Mercedes-Benz AMG, Ferrari, Porsche among others. It was founded in 2009 by David Rai and counts the princes and kings of the Middle East among its very good clients, just like this Zanu-PF bigwig. □