By Dylan Murambgi
Harare, July 24, 2016 – THE MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube has demanded the arrest of Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko for allegedly defeating the course of justice when the under fire VP ordered the release of two Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) officials from police custody.
Zinara chief executive Moses Juma and non-executive director Davison Norupiriwere were arrested and detained at Avondale police in Harare early this month for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of close to $1,3 million.
But Mphoko, who was acting President when President Robert Mugabe was attending an AU summit in Rwanda, personally went to the police station to demand the release of the two.
Mphoko is said to have gone on to influence the dropping of the charges, causing outrage among Zimbabweans already angry with the VP for prolonged stay at a local hotel.
His conduct has been roundly condemned by opposition political parties but the MDC went on to demand Mphoko’s arrest and dismissal from government.
“The MDC is urging the Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe to dismiss and order the immediate arrest of his deputy Phelekezela Report Mphoko if allegations being raised against him are proven to be correct,” said party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi in a statement.
“The deafening silence from Mphoko’s controversial hotel room since publication of the serious allegations endorses and certifies him as a candidate for both prison and cabinet reshuffle.
“The release of Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) bosses from police custody is a punishable criminal offence that will shock the nation if Mugabe blesses or solemnises the criminal activity.”
Chihwayi further said his party was demanding an explanation as to why Mphoko muscled himself into a pure criminal case that was being handled by the relevant authorities.
“We are calling on Vice President Phelekezela Mpoko to publicly explain his actions or be fired and arrested if everybody is still equal before the law for criminal abuse of office,” he said.
VP Mphoko is already under fire for his lengthy stay at Harare’s Rainbow Towers hotel at tax payers’ expense.
He checked into the hotel December 2014 after his surprise appointment into the VP’s job and has repeatedly turned down offers for government accommodation.