Mugabe sent me to release ZINARA executives — Mphoko

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By Tatenda Dewa | Harare Bureau |

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has sensationally claimed that his boss sent him to release Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) senior executives who had been arrested for fraud.

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The ZINARA chairman, Albert Mugabe, is President Robert Mugabe’s relative.

Mphoko was addressing ruling Zanu PF supporters at Kent Estates in Norton last Thursday ahead of a parliamentary by-election.

The Norton seat fell vacant when President Robert Mugabe expelled Christopher Mutsvangwa, the war veterans’ leader, from the party for allegedly badmouthing his wife, Grace.

Mphoko was reported to have stormed Avondale Police Station in Harare in July, took off his shirt and assaulted police officers who queried his interference with his work.

The two executives, Moses Juma who is the ZINARA chief executive officer and Davison Norupiri, a board member, faced prosecution for criminal abuse of office but since their release on Mphoko’s orders, nothing has happened to them.

“People lied that I beat up police officers at Avondale Police Station. The truth, of course, is that I was sent by the president (Mugabe) to ensure that they (ZINARA executives) are released,” said Mphoko.

He was in the company of a factional ally, Saviour Kasukuwere, the Zanu PF national organiser and Local Government minister.

They had gone to drum up support for Ronald Tinashe Chindedza who is running against Temba Mliswa, a former Zanu PF provincial chairman for Mashonaland West province where Norton lies.

Mphoko sprung to the defence of Jonathan Moyo, the Higher and Tertiary Education minister who is currently under fire for allegedly looting millions of dollars from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF).

Moyo has admitted to illegally drawing the money, but insists that he was justified to do so since he channeled it towards Zanu PF activities.

The controversial vice president vowed no Zanu PF lawmaker would be arrested for using government funds or property to bankroll Zanu PF.

“The party comes first and since Zanu PF is government, we will do everything to stay in power including using money from government to ensure we win elections,” Mphoko said.

Kasukuwere, who belongs to the Generation 40 (G40) faction together with Mphoko and Moyo as well as Grace Mugabe, said he was prepared to go to jail for converting government funds to party business.

He called Goodson Nguni, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) investigations committee, a thief and threatened him with unspecified action.

It would not be the first time that Kasukuwere is linked to the victimisation of a ZACC investigator.

Several years ago, another ZACC commissioner, Emmanuel Chimwanda, ended up facing trial after he instituted corruption probes against Kasukuwere and another cabinet minister, Ignatius Chombo, who is now in charge of the Home Affairs portfolio.

Irinocally, Mphoko on Sunday urged the arrest of corrupt hospital officials, while doling out day-old chicks to Bulawayo’s Old Pumula residents.

Mphoko has admitted in the past that ZINARA funded his chick donations, and this has been seen as the reason why he meddled with police investigations.

“There are thieves ion our hospitals, for instance Mpilo, UBH (United Bulawayo Hospital) and Ingutsheni. Professional thieves who are protected by the law,” said Mphoko. Nehanda Radio

  • we don’t have government in Zimbabwe at the moment ,let’s hope after elections we will be led by new serious people

  • Mutunhu Une Mago

    Mboko, you are as corrupt as your master. We are not blind we are watching you

    • Benben Nkomo

      He says he was sent by Mugabe to go and release those corrupt people Sir. What’s your take on that?

      • Team Lacoste

        Ain’t they the same? What with his chicks sponsored by ZINARA?

  • Baba ava vanondiita bhooo apa takavapihwa vp

  • Literally what he means is: Blame yrselves for trusting Mugabe – he is the Corruption in Chief. Kungoonesana zvoga. #ThisFlag

  • Haiwavo kureko nesu

  • So wy bother with zacc? If anyone committed a crime and if that crime is a sin in God’s eyes then God will deal accordingly

  • i wonder on what grounds was he made a vp for a country

    • The reason being he is a big puppet to Mugabe.He doesn’t have brains of his own.

    • he is too shallow and clueless of anything to do with leadership

    • It’s the same reason why Mugabe is President today.

    • Fighting and liberating your ass from the claws of the coloniser. NB : I do not like Zanu or Mphoko but questioning his VP status is plain stupid.

    • dis guy is something else,i am nt sure of his reasoning capacity

    • actually my concern is directed towards the fact that we all dont like zanu but werent there anyome else better than mphoko who can open his mouth and talk at least one meaningful sentence.

    • khanda1

      Everyo e knows he was a cio, defected from zapu

    • Leo waspaka, I always ask myself that same question.

    • He sold out on his collegues who were in PF ZAPU by siding with ZANU PF. This is his reward for supping with the devils ZANU PF

  • ITS FUNNY INDEED

  • FromTheHip

    Why would a VP, on the instructions of his President, physically proceed to some ZRP sub-station, so as to release two, obscure officials that most of the nation had never heard of before? Why wasn’t this done through the ZRP-HQ offices, or even through the Min of Home Affairs himself, for example. This guy continues to be a farcical VP. If Mugabe told him to go and pass gas in front of his in-laws in Mozambique, he would surely do it.

    • Dindingwe

      You mean break wind.

      • Panda

        He breaks wind every time he opens his mouth.

  • Haiwawo.

  • Letwin Kaseke

    Unless Zimbos stop this nonsense about peaceful transition these Zanu PF thugs will continue to do what they want. Start the war or shut up and stop complaining

  • Mboko urimbwa….u cnt even reason fr yoself…wher d u thnk Zanu pf is going???? if ure clever its high tym u shld start distancing yoself frm Zanu…..

  • Kana munhu aba abatwa anosungwa chete, releasing mbavha it means u and your boss are typical mazikororo and must be arrested for breaching the hands of justice and Mugabe is not above the law???. Not this time man, takajamuka, kutojamuka chaiko, maiba nhasi chabvondoka makororo kuchikurubi

  • chembere nzenza dzakabvira kumahumbwe
    murume mukuru anotaura rubbish dzakadayi…nxaaaa

  • aaaaaah mugabe vakomana

  • Uyuwo wemuromo unenge MHATA uyu

  • there you go! RGM is aware/behind all this drama. The system at work indeed @Wamagaisa @RMajongwe

  • VaMboko ka!

  • Meaning we dont need institutions like zacc because if they try to stop corrupt leaders they are persecuted

  • taking us for a ride……..

  • Ukabvumirei?

  • Chimoto

    Impeach Mugabe

    • Fred Moyo

      Noone has balls for that!!

  • So this means they is no law anymore to rich only aaaah zvakatooma

  • Please confirm, your boss or ZINARA boss?

  • It sounds funny when a single person appears Jesus Christ of corruption convicts

  • Nxaa

  • yowe

    Mboro anosvota!!!

  • this guy has been on media quiet often offlate and obvious for the wrong reasons and its actually starting to get into our nerves, its only a year or two ago that we started to know abt him bt surely everyone is fed up wth him, plus futi haazive zvekutaura nezvekusataura

  • this guy has been on media quiet often offlate and obvious for the wrong reasons and its actually starting to get into our nerves, its only a year or two ago that we started to know abt him bt surely everyone is fed up wth him, plus futi haazive zvekutaura nezvekusataura

  • this guy has been on media quiet often offlate and obvious for the wrong reasons and its actually starting to get into our nerves, its only a year or two ago that we started to know abt him bt surely everyone is fed up wth him, plus futi haazive zvekutaura nezvekusataura

  • Aya madisinyongoro chaiwo, this guy seemz unaware of the law of the land:D

  • Aya madisinyongoro chaiwo, this guy seemz unaware of the law of the land:D

  • Aya madisinyongoro chaiwo, this guy seemz unaware of the law of the land:D

  • The whole of Zanu pf guys shld just resign! We are tired and they ve failed ngatisanganei pakati

  • The whole of Zanu pf guys shld just resign! We are tired and they ve failed ngatisanganei pakati

  • The whole of Zanu pf guys shld just resign! We are tired and they ve failed ngatisanganei pakati

  • Cene

    Another relative in a big position -just remembered the country belongs to him so he can give all his relatives cushy jobs and have to be bailed out . The anti Corruption Commission members of civil society surely should be saying something of all these relatives in positions and when they do something wrong they are being bailed out to cover their tracks

  • Nhengure

    He started nekugara muhotel and akufunga haasi kuonekwa…bloody corrupt thief

  • Rodney15

    If ZACC is treated with contempt and prejudice like that, by people like Mphoko and President Mugabe, then what purpose does it serve.If they are trying to prosecute those corrupt officials from Zanu-PF and then Mphoko says such statements, then it shows that fighting corruption in Zimbabwe under this regime ,is a pretty waste of time.There is selective application of the law,and there are some animals that are more equal than others.This country is banana republic and it is quickly descending to a failed state.

  • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

    Kuora kwehuori then kwrhunhu .these people are so useless

  • tinashemurindi

    THESE THEIVES SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THAT MUGABE CAN DIE ANYTIME THEY WILL ALL GO TO JAIL OR FLEA THIS COUNTRY

  • Timothy Thorton

    How could a man who had not been a cabinet minister of politburo member be appointed VP. Even the things he discusses at his rallies are shocking. He seems excited by being VP but does not realise that he serves under oath to uphold the constitution not abuse it. He also doesn’t seem to understand Moyo’s problem which is stealing and not donating Zimdef funds to Zanu PF.