VP Mphoko Goes Defensive, Attempts To Explain Hotel Stay

VP Mphoko Goes Defensive, Attempts To Explain Hotel Stay
Published: 2016 June 27 06:44:41 (3406 Views)

VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday came out guns blazing to defend his name from corruption charges and explain his hotel stay claiming that he was a victim of a mud smearing campaign targeted at him.

Addressing journalists after handing over day-old chicks to members of the Nketa community, VP Mphoko denied reports that he was corrupt.

VP Mphoko recently was accused of trying to secure a $350 million loan at 20 percent interest on behalf of Zesa Holdings from Botswana’s Capital Management Africa (CMA).

It was further reported that the Vice President, taking advantage of his son Siqokoqela’s links with the Botswana-based firm, wanted Zesa to get a $350 million loan at 20 percent interest per annum .

Siqokoqela allegedly holds 5 percent stake in CMA and was said to have been directly involved in structuring and negotiating the loan.

President Mugabe is alleged to have blocked the deal which would have seen Zimbabwe paying $70 million in interest on the loan.

“First thing, I’m not corrupt. I don’t need anybody’s money. God gave me what I have. I’m 76 (years) now. I’m not looking for anything. I don’t want President Mugabe’s position. He (President Mugabe) appointed me to be a Vice President because John Nkomo had died, I didn’t take anyone’s position. I didn’t take anyone’s wife, and I have my children, my home and my own life is God-given. It is corrupt people who are saying I’m corrupt.”

Recently a group called Tajamuka last Friday held a demonstration at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare alleging that VP Mphoko had overstayed at the hotel.


Protestors at Rainbow Hotel
The group, through messages on social media, also called for a boycott of Choppies supermarkets’ products.

“I know the people who are responsible. They know that I’m not corrupt. I have a very clean record throughout my life and that is the biggest problem they have. I don’t have any record of transgression. For them to carry out their plot they need to soil my name first but it won’t work.”

VP Mphoko said before his appointment, he stayed in private hotels but moved to the Rainbow Towers as per Government requirements.

VP Mphoko also dismissed accusations that he refused to move into a Government house bought for him by the State in Harare.

“People don’t know what they are talking about. The house that the Government has bought me is not even worth $3 million. It’s $1 million and something. I live in a Government hotel. It’s as good as staying in a Government house. It’s as good as (Morgan) Tsvangirai who is staying in a Government house. Tsvangirai is staying in a Government house which is as good as staying at Sheraton.”

VP Mphoko said before moving into the house acquired for him by the Government, it has to meet laid down security standards.



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