Friday, 24 June 2016


A demostration was held today inside Rainbow Towers, home to VP Phelekezela Mphoko. Anti-riot cops then moved in and removed the protesters.

The MDC has condemned Mphoko saying he should be ashamed of himself. "It is on public record that Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has been staying in a 5 star hotel for 552 days ever since he was sworn as Vice President of Zimbabwe in December, 2014.

The MDC is deeply concerned and indeed, saddened by the level of insensitivity, selfishness and profligacy that is being exhibited by this man who also refers to himself as a war veteran notwithstanding the fact that his liberation struggle history is rather shadowy and mired in controversy. Mphoko's apparent love for living life on the fast lane is a monumental embarrassment not only to himself but to all patriotic Zimbabweans. The man has so far proven to be a deal big joke!
Mphoko was recently offered two up-market and spacious houses in the leafy suburbs of Harare by the State One of the houses was left behind by the late Vice President John Landa Nkomo. The nation was advised that Mphoko refused to occupy both houses maintaining that they were not good enough for a man of his status. What the cheek is that?

After the last house that he had accepted was renovated by the State, the apparently greedy Mphoko stated that the renovations made were not effected to his taste and standards. Who does this man think he is? Does he know that he is just a nonentity compared to revolutionary icons and liberation struggle stalwarts such as the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo and the late Vice President John Landa Nkomo? It is apparent that Mphoko would like to set a new Guiness Book of World Records as the Vice President who stayed the longest in a 5 star hotel Presidential suite.

The MDC is absolutely disturbed by Mphoko's lack of respect and indeed, commiseration, with the majority of suffering Zimbabweans most of whom cannot even put one square meal on the table per day. Put simply, Mphoko is a national disgrace. He has been occupying a Presidential hotel suite at the Rainbow Towers in Harare at a minimum cost of US$430 per day to the national treasury. With politicians and government officials in the mould of Mphoko, Zimbabwe's socio-economic quagmire can only but get worse and worse. The Zanu PF regime is struggling to pay civil servants their salaries and wages on time but we have a Vice President who wants to lead the life of a celebrity at the expense of a bankrupt government. What a shame! What a disgrace!

Mphoko should immediately be called to order. He should vacate the Presidential suite that he is occupying at the Rainbow Towers. He should move into the house that was bought for him by the State in the leafy suburb of the Grange in Harare.
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson


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