VP Mphoko slams vendors

BULAWAYO - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko set himself on a collision course with vendors after he said he did not understand why able-bodied people should engage in subsistence trading.

While addressing Zanu PF supporters at provincial party headquarters at Davies Hall on Sunday during his maiden “Meet the People” tour in Bulawayo, Mphoko went against the concept of self-help vending when he decried the practice which has become a last resort for the growing number of jobless people in towns and cities to eke out a living.

“I have got my own views regarding vending where you find an able-bodied man seated selling tomatoes. There are better things to do for someone who is fit except for those who are indisposed and physically-challenged,” the vice president said.

He was responding to a question by a woman only identified as Ma Sibanda who wanted to know of what help was the VP to the vendors in the city who have had several running battles with municipal police officers and law enforcers.

“You should wake up and see what you can do for a living. We cannot tolerate a man who is fit, sitting down and selling tomatoes. No, let’s do something better,” he said without suggesting an alternative. His utterances come at a time  when Zimbabwe has been virtually turned into an informal state as the once thriving industries have been turned into shells due to decades of political and economic mismanagement.

Currently, the country’s unemployment rate is estimated to be hovering above 90 percent. An estimated $400 million is needed if efforts to ensure a complete recovery of Bulawayo, once the hub of industry in Zimbabwe, are to achieve meaningful results.

Last year, during her “Meet the People” tour, First Lady Grace Mugabe became a darling of many after she came out guns blazing against law enforcers whom she ordered to stop harassing vendors. However, speaking on the revival of the second largest city, Mphoko said Bulawayo would rise again.

He said the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) should be booted out of the city if proper roads management has to be achieved.

“As for Zinara, it should be there but it should go outside the city and leave Bulawayo alone,” Mphoko said.

“There used to be a Road Department which we grew up knowing. We now pay for vehicle licences at Zinara which is a national institute. Why not let Bulawayo maintain its own roads. We used to pay for vehicle licences at Revenue Hall and that money was used to maintain local roads.”

This comes after the Bulawayo City Council has challenged Zinara over its failure to allocate funds to the former for road maintenance.

Mphoko, who described Bulawayo as a stand-alone city, said it was time everything that belonged to the city should be returned.

This, he said included the Bulawayo Power Station which was compulsorily handed over to Zesa.

“Bulawayo must be Bulawayo again. The electricity generated at power stations here belongs to Bulawayo, therefore it should revert to its original owners as should electricity generated from power stations in Harare and that is the kind of efficiency we know,” Mphoko added.

Comments (20)

Mphokosiyana..lol. This fool will only achieve one thing, and that is improving Mnangagwa's standing by direct comparison. May be they should tell him to just keep quiet.

selele - 27 January 2015

blaaz uyu anonzi mapoko akambobvepi chaiko asingazivi kuti kutengesa madomasi kushaya basa rinokwaniswa kuitwa ne munhu iyeye in a viable economy? Surely there is reason for us to think of ngwena as better than him - a direct comparison fo sho

charles nota - 27 January 2015

Mphoko's words would have made sense if the economy was in great shape and businesses could not find enough workers & country was importing labour enmasse & the government was actively working to give an enabling environment so that those with enterprenual ideas can thrive. Companies are shutting down daily and the jobless are ever increasing educated and non-educated. Instead of turning to crime some are turning to vending and then you insult them. This is one of the problems of appointments instead of being elected. He only has to please the one who appointed him and the one who appointed him only takes his own vote as a reflection of his competency.

Galore 123 - 27 January 2015

Mphoko you are an idiot. You and yo party makonzera kuti vanhu vaite mavendor then you tell us something. Go to hell and die

wanguc - 27 January 2015

Mphoko you are an idiot. You and yo party makonzera kuti vanhu vaite mavendor then you tell us something. Go to hell and die

wanguc - 27 January 2015

u mpko just eat the money

madzore - 27 January 2015

The maphara of the year is Mboko VP. What the f*** are you smoking of late Mr VP?? In which world are you living. We have a leadership crisis dear bros and sisters. This VP is looking at a very small picture of the country and nation...open your f***ng eyes you stupid VP

Garikayi - 27 January 2015


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Rodney - 27 January 2015

The man is trying to make a contribution but he's got his foot in the mouth. Some sense about the re-rise of Bulawayo but messed up on the vendors issue. Sham, sham sham

Sebele - 27 January 2015

Perekedzai mboko, ndi Mboko manje iyi

Mafirakureva - 27 January 2015

This guy never ceases to amaze for all the wrong reasons. Is he really Zimbabwean? I ask this question because our President has a soft spot for his fellow Malawians !

003Tico - 27 January 2015

This man is really a man with a real plan. I am not sure what you are not understanding in his messages. HE IS TALKING SENSE. Don't just criticize. He has dept in the way he sees things. That is what we want in this country. KEEP IT UP DEPUTY PRESIDENT!!!!!!

Ndoro - 27 January 2015

When Mpoko asks why an able bodied fit young man should spend a whole day selling tomatoes, I think that's a good question and people like him in government should provide the answer to that. They should tell us why there is so much red tape when Investors come here and show some interest in investing. A good example being ZISCOSTEEL which was officially opened three years ago and yet till this day the three thousand workforce there is still wallowing in poverty. How many down stream industries will be revived when ZISCOSTEEL starts operating? We pose the same question to you honorable VP.

Dr Know - 28 January 2015

A very brilliant observation from the VP, but it sld not end there. It is time to see so much human capital we are having in this country being put to use. The economy will not just be boom without sweat. Man and women must just start DOING. Its work first for the economy to change not the other way round. And I also wish the Govt will create a more favorable environment for our man and women to WORK.

guide sibanda - 28 January 2015

The reason why fit and able boded peolple sit on streets corners selling tomatoes, it is because disabled and frail bodies are running the country down

dundubala - 28 January 2015

iwe mboko isu takaendeswa kuchikoro nemari yemadomasi iyoyi..ndo hu mboko manje kutuka kurarama kwevamwe

hondo - 28 January 2015

Learn well Cde Perekedza Chimoko. 73% of the people in Zimbabwe, to quote Mugabe at the sham congress, are not very happy with what your government is doing. Watch your motor-mouth. Say little and learn!

Kunda Kinde - 28 January 2015

hey what a surprise all the time these whom we think represent people of byo and the country at large ,when they are in byo all what they do is insulting people,simply because they can not avert the damage they has done, to once the best city in africa terms of industry and other activities ,people expert better treatment than this.no won is lazy but we have bad leaders period

godlwayo - 29 January 2015

please dearest zanu pf put yo house in order the women's league president says council off vendors the vp oti we cnt hve vendors hanzi vaende kupi nhai create employment for these fit vanhu vakutengesa this z absurd

tinodanana - 30 January 2015

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