Should Mphoko be taken seriously?

HARARE - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s ability to say unfiltered, whatever thought pops into his head, is his major undoing.

He is like some crazy uncle. Everyone has one of those, right?

From seeking to exonerate the current regime of any culpability relating to Gukurahundi, chiding his own party for fielding “lodgers and vendors” as parliamentary candidates, to attacking vendors, many in Zanu PF now know better than to take the businessman-cum-politician seriously.

Mphoko could have been the perfect vice president. Who better to entrust the vice presidential duties of attending fundraising parties, ribbon-cuttings and funerals of foreign worthies with difficult to pronounce names?

How much harm could he do in that role? As it happens, a lot. Mphoko lost his marbles last week at a rally in Makokoba, after he was confronted by a Zanu PF supporter over jobs.

The VP immediately quipped that the unidentified man was probably an opposition agent provocateur sent to destabilise the ruling party in the city.

“Let him go but warn him,” Mphoko warned ominously. “There are people who are sponsoring the people of Bulawayo, who don’t stay here, who uses their money to create confusion for their political and economic interests. Maybe this man is one of those who are being sponsored by these elements,” he was quoted as saying by the media apparently refusing to address the concerns raised by the man.

The vice president went on to accuse the people of Bulawayo for being gullible.

“What has happened to you our people, even political amateurs; those who are trying their luck come to you, why have we turned ourselves into a laughing stock? You are simply angry against yourself.”

The vice president then claimed the people in Bulawayo were suffering simply because of their “wrong” choices on the ballot.

He accused the opposition parties of sponsoring independent candidates who are set to battle it out with Zanu PF candidate Tshinga Dube in the contest for the Makokoba seat, previously held by Gorden Moyo.

Mphoko’s clumsy turn of phrase suggests that he will be ready to use it as an argument to disarm protestors with legitimate concerns.

He advances his arguments with sentiment and emotion, not reason. There must be victims to keep the argument going. But then again, who hopes to get votes from a disempowered electorate surviving on vending, when the VP prefers to call vendors “lazy”. Is this how the VP hopes to launch the Zanu PF crusade to clinch the long-sought goal of winning Bulawayo, even after the opposition has boycotted that vote?

We are all learning the hard way that it’s always a mistake to take Uncle Mphoko seriously.

Comments (10)

My oh my!What a comic ,basket mouth of a VP!Mphoko should have stayed at his Choppies chain stores as director or whatever.He is an uncivilised protector of zpf cruelty against his own innocent Ndebele tribe that was butchered by Mugabe and Mnangagwa and as I gather it from Mphoko himself as he personally makes it glaringly clear that he implicitly or explicitly supported the #Gukurahundi.We thought we had had enough of Cde Mzenda,now here is another one, a buffoon!Mugabe is good at recruiting people who have self hatred to be at the helm of the presidium so that they can teach their fellow tribesmen to continue hating and hurting themselves.

Cde Dokora - 28 April 2015

This man is just a moron.How can a whole nation be led by such a man? He is desperate to make himself relevant.

Tahir Iqbal - 29 April 2015

zva mphoko zvinonzwisa tsitsi. he is just a political chancer. type dzaana mtambara chaidzo.

gudoguru - 29 April 2015

mboko imhpoko. vendors and all those you see trying to make a living also want to live lavish lives but becoz u can't as an appointed leader help them does not give you the platform to utter shit coz those are the same pple who can take u up or down saka respect them papa.

rosy - 29 April 2015

Don't take this Mphoko guy seriously....UPhoko is an ingredient to make alcohol....Poor guy his brains are full of liquor!!!!

ndlangas endazula - 29 April 2015

@rosy.. thnx, the man is mboko not mphoko

ROBERT - 29 April 2015

taurai zvaakutadzirai kwete kungo tuka munhu pasi chaatadza. we Zimbabweans are good at derogating our leaders unnecessarily. lets grow out of this habit guys.

taurai - 29 April 2015

Mphoko or Mboko is an idiot just like all Zanu imbeciles....! Can't believe such junk is vice president....nxaaa...Zim has gone to the dogs.....!

Hatina - 30 April 2015

He is a product of Bob's deliberate and sustained ploy to portray the people of Matabeleland as morons and empty-headed. Ultimately Mphoko serves him well to justify sidelining the people of Matabeleland. It pains me excruciatingly to hear that this Phoko guy is an Adventist like me.

OkaSlwane - 5 May 2015

Take him seriously at your own risk!!!!!! Looks like he is a political cancer.

JUZO - 5 May 2015

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