'Mphoko must get out of hotel'

HARARE - Irate opposition political parties have said Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko must get out the five-star hotel he was been ensconced in at the expense of taxpayers’ money.

Mphoko will this week cloak exactly 15 months since he occupied the Presidential suite at the Rainbow Towers in Harare together with his wife, a grandchild and his personal aides.

Mphoko sought a home in the hotel after rejecting some mansions in Harare’s leafy suburbs on the grounds that they were not befitting a person of his stature.

His stay at the hotel has been met with widespread criticism from ordinary Zimbabweans reeling under the effects of a struggling economy.

During the question and answer session in Parliament on Wednesday, MDC MP for Mabvuku-Tafara sought to have Mphoko explain his continued stay.

But Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda leapt to Mphoko’s defence, ruling that Maridadi must submit written questions.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said Mphoko’s actions showed that he did not have the people at heart.

“In complete defiance of repeated calls for him to move out of the hotel suite and occupy a government house that has been bought for his use, Mphoko continues to exhibit a flagrant disregard and disdain for the interests of the majority of Zimbabweans who are living a life of penury and deprivation,” Gutu said.

“This just goes to show that Zanu PF functionaries don’t give a hoot about the concerns and the suffering of the people.”

He said Mphoko should have a conscience and listen to the voice of reason by immediately vacating the hotel suite.

“The problem with the crumbling and faction-ridden Zanu PF regime is that they think that they are God’s gift to Zimbabwe . . . this rogue and insipidly corrupt regime has trashed the living standards of more than 90 percent of Zimbabweans through years of rampant thievery, misrule and wanton mismanagement of public resources”.

Mphoko’s continued stay in the hotel has reportedly gobbled over $300 000 in taxpayers’ funds.

Zapu spokesperson Mnjobisa Noko said Mphoko had overstayed in the hotel and was abusing public funds and should take heed of mounting calls for him to vacate the hotel.

“These guys have no concern on the Zimbabwean public. We take it as a serious disregard of corporate governance,” Noko said, further chiding the government over the abuse of State funds.

Kurauone Chihwayi, spokesman of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, said Mphoko’s actions showed that he was an irresponsible and extravagant leader who is insensitive to the plights of suffering Zimbabweans.

“The wasteful vice president should vacate the five-star hotel and seek cheaper accommodation elsewhere. It is high time for Zanu PF criminals to admit failure and step down to pave way for new and responsible leadership. Mugabe and company should step down now or wait for an embarrassing kick in 2018,” he said.


Comments (7)

zvimwe mongozvinetsawo henyu. Mboko inongova mboko. nothing changes. that guy handifungi kuti dzinotora mushe. rinonghova zundu raGire. kungotevera gire kunge akadyiswa.

Donato Matibili - 18 March 2016

Mbhoko is a sellout and he is behaving as one right now

Harare - 18 March 2016

Why can't the Civic Organisation and Opposition stage Demonstrations at the Hotel until he leaves. They can also stage a campaign to stop any potential clients from booking at the hotel so that Mboko has the whole hotel to himself - and drive the whole bankrupt

Dingiswayo - 18 March 2016

Mphoko is known for craving for extravagance hence he subtle deserted the struggle to pursue that luxurious style of life.Nothing positive could be expected from this man. Delivery of goods and services to the poor masses is something that he regards as inconsequential as long as he pleases his paymaster.

Gen. Spinola - 18 March 2016

Instead of setting a good example by demonstrating his concern about the poor financial state our Government is facing, he does the exact opposite by staying in an expensive 5 star hotel! Mphoko is for Mphoko. Everyone in ZAPU calls him a big traitor and coward? Your time in Government is limited Mphoko - you will go down in history as one of the most useless politicians this country has ever seen. You are nothing but a leech and the kind that will suck this country dry.

White Colonial Boy - 19 March 2016

ZImbabweans are weak educated and stupid. I am amazed that they still queue at Choppies and make this guy richer wen he is staying in a hotel. If they were clever they would boycot that shop and it could close down in less than 2 months. You will be shocked that Tsvangirayi shops in choppies.

mason - 19 March 2016

Mboko didn't appoint himself to be our VP. He was chosen by one megalomaniac called Matibili....Direct your anger at the one who appoints and disappoints!

Gidza Nyikayaramba - 19 March 2016

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