Mphoko's Feruka claims dismissed

MUTARE - Technicians have scoffed at Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s phantom claims that Feruka oil refinery was in a derelict state because of a missing part stolen by a white saboteur.

Speaking during his tour at the defunct refinery which was shut down in 1965 after only operating for 15 months, the vice president claimed that a former white employee had stolen a “small valve” on the rusting structure.

Mphoko, a former central intelligence organisation (CIO) operative, revealed how the valve mothballed the plant.

Manicaland minister of State for Provincial Affairs Mandi Chimene demanded that PetroZim, which manages the plant, look into the VP’s claims.

“There was a white man who used to work here who stole a small valve that is missing for the refinery to work.” VP Mphoko claimed.

But Cathrine Katsande, a PetroZim official, queried the VP’s claims insisting instead that a new refinery must be built instead of looking for the valve.

Mphoko said: “I remember when I was still a CIO; we were looking for the device.”

Chimene ordered the parastatal to look into the vice president’s claims.

Katsande said: “The type of crude oil this was designed for is no longer obtaining…The throughput of the refinery is only one million and it was also for the production of petrol then. We need a new refinery with modern technology and the capacity to produce five million litres a day.”

Katsande said replacing the whole structure was cheaper than refurbishing it.

The vice president later reflected and said government must find €70 million to purchase a new refinery either from Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan.

Feruka, Katsande said, is currently operating as a storage, loading, blending and transferring facility.

The facility pumps six million litres of fuel to Harare everyday of which two million is a drag reducing agent to speed up the flow.

Comments (13)

Small valve?

UnBanked - 5 September 2015

That's a very silly claim - why cant that valve be replaced. Its not like can never be made again

Inyika - 5 September 2015

That's a very silly claim - why cant that valve be replaced. Its not like can never be made again

Inyika - 5 September 2015

Zimbabwe does not produce crude oil, neither does it have a petrochemical industry. There are therefore no benefits to establishing a refinery. Crude oil yields less than 40% fuel, while the rest are byproducts for the petro chemical industry. What will government do with 60% by products when there is no petrochemical industry in Zimbabwe. When the refinery was constructed it had a lifespan of 39 years. So that thing became obsolete in 2004. As Katsende said refinery technology has changed significantly, there is no point in trying to resuscitate the refinery. As for Mphoko's claims, those are wide off the mark. The refinery ceased operations because of sanctions that came with the UDI. The refinery was meant for Rhodesia and Nyasaland and with imposition of sanctions following UDI, another refinery was constructed in Zambia.

Makwinja - 5 September 2015


Mukanya waSvosve - 5 September 2015

since 1965 when the so called valve was stolen you were waiting for manna from heaven to bring it back, ko kunyarara zvinei

gandanga - 5 September 2015

So the govt is failing to replace a gate valve or stop cock which cost not more than five dollars and is readily available even at Machipisa open market . This shows how stupid are people who are running this country .This plant was supposed to be revived right in 1980 when we got independent but guess what happened Mugabe used all the money he inherited from Smith govt to form gukurahundi of which the country benefited nothing but killing of 20 000 citizens for no reason .Imagine if he had used the money to rebuild our energy plants like what our neighbor down south are doing how many serious investors would have flocked into this country and created jobs . This clueless thing called zanu was not fit to be a govt and had no plan to run the country and was just taking chances and used tribalism to win elections as the proof is what is happening in the country for every one to see . This is a lesson for those who had been clapping and cheering on the idiots in zanu to cause more damage to this country .Time is coming when we will want to know how much money was used to form gukurahundi including paying the North Koreans who trained the tribal army .

Diibulaanyika - 5 September 2015

Frankly it is embarassing to hear that a VP can suggest that a whole refinery has been lying idle for 50 years because a white man ran away with a valve. So there was no way to get in touch with the manufacturers to get a new one since 1965!! Izvi zvinopedza simba.

Petros Magomazi - 5 September 2015

The most stupid claim I ever heard from a politician is this one and coming from a man claiming to be equal with the other VP in terms of seniority at state and party level.... How does a small valve made by men stop the whole country and make them look for it. Being this ignorant and expecting to lead a country that has a literacy rate of 90% and above leaves a lot to be desired. What then do we use the claimed literacy rate for when we claim a "white man" took a valve that has mothballed a whole factory? Really, where did you buy the factory machinery from, was it the last one or you bought an obsolute equipment in the first place. 15 months down the line you can't buy a spare, please be serious Mr. VP

Qawe laMaqawe - 6 September 2015

Excuse me VP ende maratidza kuti you very crude and ignorant ende matondibhowa saka mhaata yenyu.

gokoko - 6 September 2015

Mboko chaiyo ! Even the notes he gets from Grace can not improve him. Rinenge rinemusoro wakaoma semupangare. Mati nyika ingabudirira sei chitototo chipashumaranga chakadai chochizvirova dundundu chichiti honayi ndakapromotwa from CIO to VP, ndinogona ini. Mahumbwe munyika yemadzibaba.

Masamba Akareyo -Tanganda - 7 September 2015

HATINA VATUNGAMIRIRI, kusvika rinhi takarasika?

EL-DODO - 7 September 2015

This is just an incredible story. what really are you talking about here? Please when you are reporting trying to give us a clue of what your story is all about.And give us edited stories meaning that before you press the ok print button check for errors. Surely I am failing to get head or tail of the story here. 1965? what about it? Mpoko was already a CIO? If true then thats why they are still looking for that spare part. I will he can remember the actual name of the part that was stolen by the white supremists.I can go to SA and give them for free

JUZO - 8 September 2015

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