Botswana ‘orders Mphoko out’

 Phelekezela Mphoko

Phelekezela Mphoko

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FORMER Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko will soon return to Zimbabwe from Botswana where he has been holed up since the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched an operation to remove criminal elements around former President Mugabe.

Mr Mphoko, a member of the G40 cabal targeted by the ZDF’s Operation Restore Legacy, left Zimbabwe on an official visit to Japan on November 14, a day before the army stepped in.

He did not return to Zimbabwe but instead, flew to Botswana where he has been a guest of the Government there.

Highly placed sources said the Botswana government had given him up to 1 December to leave their country and return to Zimbabwe but the former VP had been reluctant to do so fearing arrest for corruption-related crimes.

Mr Mphoko has been living in a State residence in Gaborone but will now return home after reaching out to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and getting the necessary assurances that he was free to come back to Zimbabwe.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba, said Mr Mphoko had spoken to President Mnangagwa by telephone and asked to return home.

“Former Vice President Mphoko spoke to the President and was assured that he is free to return to Zimbabwe and contribute to the rebuilding of the nation. Like any other Zimbabwean, he is free to come home and assist in growing the economy and the country. Hopefully, he will be making his way home soon,” he said.

Apart from his role in the previous Government, Mr Mphoko was also into business and is a director of Choppies Zimbabwe — a supermarket chain with branches in most cities and towns in the country. The company also has vast interests in Botswana.

Mr Mphoko was among members of the G40 group who were expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party for engaging in activities meant to destabilise the Government.

The party also recalled him from the position of Vice President and Second Secretary over allegations of being divisive, a member of the G40 cabal, protecting criminals, preaching hate speech and behaving in a manner inconsistent with the Office and decorum of the VP.

He was recalled on the day the party also recalled former President Mugabe from the position of party First Secretary and replaced him with President Mnangagwa whom the ruling party also reinstated as a Central Committee member.

On Monday, former Cabinet Minister, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said after his appointment in 2015, Mr Mphoko alienated his old war time friends and surrounded himself with dubious characters who misled him into engaging in factional politics.

Rtd Col Dube, the former War Veterans Minister, said Mr Mphoko, once a personal friend of his, ignored all advice and warnings against aligning himself with the wrong people.

“Mphoko was my personal friend; we worked together for a long time in the Zipra High Command. However, when he assumed power, I was disappointed because he surrounded himself with the wrong people who gave him bad advice,” he said. “He got new friends in the form of the likes of George Mlala. This is where he got things wrong because he involved himself with dubious characters with a very bad history. They misled him into playing factional politics with the G40 people.

“I think you remember that at one point Mphoko dressed me down at (Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial headquarters) Davies Hall when he said I should work with the Mlala group and the rest of the G40 cabal or my political life would come to an end.”

Cde Mnangagwa was sworn in as State President last Friday following the resignation of Cde Mugabe on Tuesday.

The party further recommended that Mr Mphoko, former First Lady, Mrs Grace Mugabe, fellow members of the G40 cabal namely Saviour Kasukuwere, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Ignatius Chombo, Patrick Zhuwao, Letina Undenge, Kudzanai Chipanga, Walter Mzembi, Paul Chimedza, Makhosini Hlongwane, Anastancia Ndlovu, Mandi Chimene, Dr Samuel Undenge, Sarah Mahoka, Mpehlabayo Malinga, Xavier Kazizi, Tongai Kasukuwere, Innocent Hamandishe, Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo and Shadreck Mashayamombe be expelled from the party.

Some members of the cabal are either on the run or in exile.

Others such as Chombo, Chipanga and Hamandishe have been arraigned before the courts on a slew of charges ranging from fraud, corruption, abuse of public office, causing disaffection among the police force or defence forces as defined in Section 30 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, kidnapping and publishing falsehoods.

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  • Nomusa Garikai

    The tragedy is that the only criminals being targeted are all from the G40 factions although everyone knows that there are as many Mnangagwa supporters who are as guilty of looting. So looting per se will not stop!

    • Essexvale

      That’s what the camera on your phone is for

  • zibulo

    Mpoko does not own Choppies. Its a Pakistani-owned chain where he , using his state position , muscled his way in, and is a fronteir. I have seen the Pakistani representatives/workers in the supermarkets. These pakistanis run most Spaza shops in RSA , employ only themselves and muscle out the Local Indigenous man from the business field that should be a preserve of the local man. Other thing , Chronicle is a liar. Mpoko can always apply for asylum in RSA where most of the Ministers have syphoned funds to and opened businesses in trucks/logistics through relatives. You see someone from Zim, from nowhere, immeadately owning trucks and wonder how, coz he has no access to loans there !!. All ZANU hiearchy did it. Maybe its time we brought RSA order. Mengistu ran there with his country’s wealth, so hav other former presidents. Even Grace has a mansion, which should be grabbed/nationalized.

    • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo

      This is absurd, it is like 6 year olds whispering behind each other’s backs and thinking that nobody is noticing. What kind of adults are so immature that they think slagging off the people they know is acceptable?

    • Kabius Kekedu

      You are as daft as Mpoko himself. Mpoko is a major shareholder of Choppies. He said it personally on official opening and Zimbabweans know that. Liar.

      • zibulo

        did you ever tell mpoko thaty he was daft too ? he is a fronter , uthanda ungathandi, hes not the only one . most of his goods were smuggled in and he got Sale pamphelts printed in RSA instead of using zim companies too. on paper he is a “major” shareholder, pracically we know the trend

  • The Real Soldier

    Is it not mere vengeful retribution that only those in G40 are being arrested or being hunted for corruption. There are many who are perceived to be corrupt who are now surrounding His Excellency. Can they clear their names please.

    • Leos N

      like Albert Mpofu.

  • s

    please can we know if mugistu(sp) the former ethopian president is still here? if so please can he go back to answer questions from his people. please president. this will also send blessings from GOD for our country.

    • Mengistu died

      mengistu haile mariam died. If he has children in Harare, they must go back now. Property must be sold and money sent to Ethiopia

      • Afrikan

        Ahh..check your facts!

  • Mugavimbi_Naledi

    and so if mnangagwa and cabal are deposed …. a fresh purge starts again. and so on and so forth
    amaShona liyazehlulekela shame ….

    • Essexvale

      Behluleka ngcono besembusweni unlike a dog that just barks a passing cars.

      • Gus

        yoh… am sure he heard you…heheh

    • Pay back hotel money

      Wena UMphoko spent over a year in a hotel, gobbling the nation of millions of dollars when his wife refused a government house. He must pay back the money! He should have learnt from real heroes like Father Zimbabwe. Mboko yemunhu

    • Doti yako Mrambinda

      Sakaliyatsha, AmaShona removed Mugabe from office something your tribe never would have dreamt of achieving. If the so called International community had failed dismally to remove Mugabe, only for a few Shonas to kick him out of the office. Ungazo Kaka nje lana wena hotshi!!

      • Amashona amfaka uMugabe embusweni bekumele bamkhuphe njengokumfaka kwabo.

    • Tsholotsho Born

      uMdidi ka Nyoko uyaluma hambo menwaya!!

  • qondani

    He said he was lonely asking Bob to put grace on board, why is he running away, they must eat each other like lions

    • Mthwakazi

      I normally do personal cleaning and grooming activities in private, but hey, each to their own.

  • taneta

    Make sure on his safety package Mpoko must bring all the money that he externalized failure to that he must come and shoved into Chikurubi or never attempt comming back….

  • makhosi

    Botswana can only order him to leave bots, nothing more as implied on this article.

    • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo

      next you’re are going to tell us not to stick our fingers up our bums

      • makhosi

        Stick it son, then suck.

        • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo

          That said, your wife has made her bed, and if she cannot lie in it she should get out of it.

  • Volcanic Eruption

    Mphoko, what are you scared of if you have nothing to hide?