Mphoko’s wife demands ‘best’ house

VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko is reportedly scouting for a multi-million-dollar upmarket house in Harare’s leafy suburbs at a time government is experiencing a financial squeeze of immeasurable proportions, NewsDay has established.

EVERSON MUSHAVA
CHIEF REPORTER

NewsDay understands that Mphoko’s wife, Laurinda, last week turned down three upmarket mansions, among them a $3 million castle in the capital’s leafy Ballantyne Park on the grounds that the property was
“too small” for a person of the VP’s calibre.

Mphoko was appointed VP alongside Emmerson Mnangagwa last month following a major shake-up in the ruling Zanu PF party which saw the ousting of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru for allegedly plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe, who turns 91 next month.

The Second VP, who is also National Healing and Reconcilliation minister, like other top government officials, is entitled to stay in a government house among his other perks.

Impeccable sources told NewsDay that Mphoko was initially scheduled to move into a government house left vacant by the late Vice-President Joseph Msika in Mandara, but his wife allegedly vehemently refused, saying she wanted a house of their own.

The sources said last week she went around shopping in Glen Lorne, Borrowdale Brooke and Ballantyne Park, but was not pleased by some of the properties on offer.

“She rejected one in Glen Lorne that was going for $1,5 million, saying it was small. Before she rejected the $3 million house in Ballantyne Park, she had rejected another in Borrowdale Brooke worth $2 million, claiming many government ministers lived in the area and she was not comfortable with that arrangement,” the source added.
Ironically, Mugabe’s private blue-roofed mansion is located in the same area.

NewsDay could not get a comment from Mphoko yesterday as his mobile number was not reachable.

Media, Information and Publicity deputy secretary Regis Chikoore said he was out of the country and referred NewsDay to Ivanhoe Gurira, principal director of international communication services in the same ministry, whose mobile phone went unanswered.

Mphoko, who is also Zanu PF co-chairman, hails from the Matabeleland region and reportedly has no residential property in Harare.

Prior to his appointment as VP, he was staying at the five-star Meikles Hotel from where he made frequent visits to Mugabe’s office.

14 Comments

  1. kabanga mulikuchiwa nyumba yaMorgan Tsangilai ii muchashupa a mai.

  2. Chen Chimutengwendengwende

    She doesn’t want to live near Zanoid ministers.. Clever woman.

    1. She is right, why not? Mugabe has taught all his ministers and henchmen a culture of entitlement. Never have we seen servant leadership under Mugabe. Even some who are crying today like DNE Mutasa are whining over withdrawal of state benefits. Up and until we have ministers who are ready to live with the people who vote in waterless and ZESA-less Mufakose, Glenview, Highfields, Kuwadzana, DZ, Kambuzuma, Tafara, Mabvuku, Epworth and Glennorah, who drive Mazda 323’s assembled at WMMI on pot-hole riddled streets with tall elephant grass on the shoulders, who know what it means to sewage flowing in front of your house, who know how painful it is to go to municipal clinic without drugs, we will continue to suffer. In Zimbabwe, government leadership is never for the benefit of the people but self-aggrandizement. Pasi negwara negutsavashoma disguised as gutsaruzhinji. Mutasa was partially right when he said the ZANU PF of 1980 had departed from the original principles. Though I have no mercy for him, I think a man who has hit the bottom with his face up can only see the light. May GOD bless our beautiful country and its peoples.

  3. Where exactly is Lord Cremora of Matibili, and where is that quarrelsome spouse of his, Dr Fake? Shaka ndezheshuwa kuti iyi Cremora yagwara?

    1. Kwai chiri kudzurwa zviro nema postoli

  4. She is right, why not? Mugabe has taught all his ministers and henchmen a culture of entitlement. Never have we seen servant leadership under Mugabe. Even some who are crying today like DNE Mutasa are whining over withdrawal of state benefits. Up and until we have ministers who are ready to live with the people who vote in waterless and ZESA-less Mufakose, Glenview, Highfields, Kuwadzana, DZ, Kambuzuma, Tafara, Mabvuku, Epworth and Glennorah, who drive Mazda 323’s assembled at WMMI on pot-hole riddled streets with tall elephant grass on the shoulders, who know what it means to sewage flowing in front of your house, who know how painful it is to go to municipal clinic without drugs, we will continue to suffer. In Zimbabwe, government leadership is never for the benefit of the people but self-aggrandizement. Pasi negwara negutsavashoma disguised as gutsaruzhinji. Mutasa was partially right when he said the ZANU PF of 1980 had departed from the original principles. Though I have no mercy for him, I think a man who has hit the bottom with his face up can only see the light. May GOD bless our beautiful country and its peoples.

  5. maChina ngavachitidzosera chitunha chedu kana vazvitadza nhai!

  6. WHERE IS LORD CREMORANOF MATIBILI???

  7. may you rest in peace.

  8. They can have tea boys house, or otherwise just take any house for free from white settler family.

  9. VP CHIPOKO AND HIS WIFE MRS CHIPOKO ALSO WANT TO ABUSE STATE FUNDS PAYA MAITI MORGAN GOR A 1.5 MILLION HOUSE HONAI VANOZIVA KUDYA NE BONZO SHE REFUSED A 3MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE ,NOT BECAUSE ITS EXPENSIVE BUT NOT TO HER TASTE ,SO IF THE DEAD CAN LOOT ,WHAT OF THE LIVING

    1. Who says zvipoko hazvidiwo kudga mari?

  10. And people say gvt is broke! I do not believe it.

  11. Muchishandisa mari kudaro then you go begging cap in hand for aid for this ..aid for that fu…..ng mazi kaffir dogs!!!

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