VP Mphoko tears into Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s de­trac­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe is in full con­trol of the coun­try and is do­ing his work as man­dated, Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko said yes­ter­day.

His re­marks fol­low a Con­sti­tu­tional Court ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the leader of a shad­owy group Ta­ja­muka/Se­si­jik­ile spokesper­son and for­mer MDC-T youth leader Prom­ise Mk­wananzi, who is seek­ing an or­der com­pelling Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to step down on al­le­ga­tions that he has failed to prop­erly run the coun­try.

In his ap­pli­ca­tion, Mk­wananzi claims that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is in­ca­pable of car­ry­ing out his work due to ad­vanced age and was fail­ing to prop­erly ex­e­cute some of his du­ties as stip­u­lated in the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

VP Mphoko de­scribed Mk­wananzi as an ig­no­rant young man, who had no idea of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s du­ties and the coun­try’s elec­toral sys­tems.

“I find it strange for some­one to say Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is not do­ing his work. The Pres­i­dent is fully in con­trol of the coun­try and he’s do­ing his work as ex­pected as the Head of State.

“This young man called Mk­wananzi is lost. He should not be blam­ing the Pres­i­dent for what is hap­pen­ing in the coun­try be­cause he [the Pres­i­dent] is a vic­tim too. He should con­front his un­cles in Bri­tain be­cause they’re re­spon­si­ble for im­pos­ing sanc­tions on the coun­try and brought a lot of suf­fer­ing to the peo­ple of Zim­babwe,” said VP Mphoko, at an event where he do­nated 3 000 day old chicks to res­i­dents at Iminyela grounds.

He said Mk­wananzi should wait for the 2018 elec­tions if he wanted a change in the coun­try’s lead­er­ship.

“The Pres­i­dent works hard ev­ery day and per­forms his du­ties as ex­pected. He works from Mon­day to Fri­day and at­tends Cab­i­net meet­ings. He also meets var­i­ous en­voys and at­tends to all other is­sues that need his at­ten­tion. Mk­wananzi has no idea what the Pres­i­dent’s du­ties are and this is a wrong chan­nel that he’s us­ing. We elected Pres­i­dent into power through elec­tions in 2013. If he wants to rule this coun­try or some­one else to take over, he knows what to do in 2018,” said VP Mphoko.

The VP also slammed Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary gen­eral Mr Victor Matemadanda for al­leg­ing that there was no democ­racy in the coun­try.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with the Voice of Amer­ica re­cently, Mr Matemadanda said when Zim­babwe fought the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, it was against an un­fair colo­nial sys­tem as op­posed to a ra­cial war.

He, how­ever, said the same is­sues that Zim­bab­weans fought against are still pre­vail­ing in the coun­try af­ter in­de­pen­dence. VP Mphoko ac­cused the war vet­eran of be­ing a sell-out. “It’s sad to hear peo­ple like Matemadanda turn­ing against the Pres­i­dent and call­ing for the Rhode­sian gov­ern­ment to come back. He’s a sell-out and what he’s do­ing is em­bar­rass­ing,” said VP Mphoko.

Mk­wananzi re­cently ap­peared in court in Harare for al­legedly ston­ing VP Mphoko’s Chop­pies su­per­mar­ket in Harare to­gether with 20 oth­ers.

Mk­wananzi and his ac­com­plices re­port­edly moved around the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict where they ap­proached mem­bers of the pub­lic stand­ing in queues at var­i­ous banks and told them that there was no money in banks be­cause VP Mphoko “was a thief.”

They al­leged that the Vice Pres­i­dent was steal­ing cash from banks to sus­tain his Chop­pies su­per­mar­kets and to pay ho­tel bills at Rain­bow Tow­ers in Harare.

Mr Matemadanda is part of a group of war veter­ans who were ar­rested re­cently for al­legedly un­der­min­ing the Pres­i­dent’s au­thor­ity. — @pame­lashumba1 See pic­ture on Page 2

A hunter in­spects the car­cass of one of the slain ele­phants along the banks of Man­zam­nyama River

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