Tsvangirai's mansion too small for Mphoko: Mnangagwa

HARARE - The government house being used by ex-prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai cannot be occupied by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko as it does not befit his status, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

Responding to a question without notice by Makonde MP Kindness Paradza in Parliament on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said government operations were guided by certain rules and regulations which affect officials’ accommodation..

Paradza had sought to understand why Mphoko was staying in a hotel when the former prime minister Tsvangirai — who has since left government — was still using the No. 49 Kew Drive government accommodation.

He said the Constitution of the country had no clause which stated that when one has left government as prime minister, he should be taken care of and accommodated by the State.

“Therefore, my question is, if a civil servant leaves his job, does he still have to stay in government accommodation or residence free of charge and is that the rule?” asked Paradza.

In response, Mnangagwa explained that a house set aside for the President for example, befits his status and said vice presidents also have suitable accommodation befitting their status.

“In that manner, everyone has his or her type of accommodation that suits their position,” Mnangagwa said.

He informed the House that as a result, the house which is supposed to be occupied by Mphoko was still under refurbishment and that he would occupy it as soon as it is done.

“On the issue regarding the accommodation which is being used by the former prime minister Mr Tsvangirai, it is not the suitable accommodation for the vice president and therefore, this is out of question,” Mnangagwa said.

Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth moved into the Highlands pad in April 2012 ahead of their wedding.

The mansion was renovated by government after the former trade unionist failed to move into Zimbabwe House — President Robert  Mugabe’s former residence when he served as PM soon after independence in 1980 until 1987.

The father of six, who shared executive powers with Mugabe during the subsistence of the GNU, has a right as a sitting tenant to buy the house and has already indicated his intention to do so, raising questions on the push by the “hard-line faction” to evict him.

Tsvangirai’s Highlands house was valued at $790 000 before improvements and officials say its value is nowhere near the $4,5 million being peddled by the Public Works ministry.

Comments (10)

Ngwena, already exibiting the characteristics of a Zimbabwean president. The trend was set by Mugabe - that THE PRESIDENT`S STATUS IS BIGGER THAN THE COUNTRY HE RUNS. Look chaps, Zimbabwe (populationwise is no bigger than many big cities we find in other countries. These cities are run by mayors - smoothly for that matter. Vana Ngwena musazwibigger zwenhando, you are not that worth. Your status depends on the value you have brought to your country as determined by your assignment. So can you tell me in a moribund state like Zimbabwe a right-thinking person can beat his chest and claim he is a minister (worse still president) with status ? What kind of status are you talking about ? Status yekubvunditsira vanhu uchitarisira kuti pese pawapfuura napo vanhu ngavasimuke - they must feel that a big man has passed-by. My goodness ! Ndizwo zwakauraya nyika izwozwo. Even ve maopppostion vave nepfungwa idzodzo: zwanzi tinoda kupagara timbodyavo. SO ! Mungati pane chinyi chingabuda munyika yakadai ? It can only get worse.

Chorosi - 21 March 2015

The government will let Tsvangirayi stay in that house for as lond as he is a threat to them and their rule. Immeditely he ceases to be a threat they will definitely kick him out. They are ruthless and it is high time Tsvangirai knows the people he is dealing with.

Beta Dhliwayo - 22 March 2015

FROM MUD ROUNDAVELS TO KINGLY MANSIONS!. THE AFFLUENT VS THE MBARE EFFLUENT!

Hango Yapalala - 22 March 2015

You know Mr Mnanagagwa you guys have all got very big heads. Befitting what status? That makes me angry. You have all failed. You have no status. You know the only status that is even going to count is your status in God's eyes. I suggest you repent! All of you. you are all a disgrace to your nation. I cry out to God for you all. ZPF's arrogance along with the opposition is staggering. If you worked for a company I was head of I would fire you all. Enough of this claptrap.

TruthBTold - 22 March 2015

He doesn't even deserve a shanty town to shack boys KIA. Give him a straw hut

obey me - 22 March 2015

He doesn't even deserve a shanty town to shack boys KIA. Give him a straw hut

obey me - 22 March 2015

Mphoko staying in a hotel??? Reason...the house he is supposed to occupy is too small!!! F***ng nonsense. Which means this Mphoko thing does not have his own house in Harare. Let him lodge at RGM's mansion in Borrowdale which is much bigger than the hotel he is living in

Garikayi - 23 March 2015

Ngwena never said its too small but only said it does not befit Mphoko's status. True to the vp's words that mansion is filled with an evil spirit which accompanies tsvangirai , did you not see him manifesting at tb josh, idiots.

reason - 23 March 2015

Its so bad how the country has gone to the dogs. Now even thugs,touts, murderers,thieves and rapists claim to have a "status", "befitting this" and "befitting that". So bad. Animal farm indeed! Where some animals are more equal than others. SHAME!!!!!

mosquito - 23 March 2015

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