VP clocks 287 days in hotel

VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko has reportedly clocked 287 days in a five-star hotel since his appointment as one of President Robert Mugabe’s two deputies last December, as he has not yet secured suitable State accommodation in the capital.


Mphoko checked into the executive suite of the five-star Rainbow Towers Hotel on December 14, 2014, and has remained holed there, costing government at least $120 000 on bed and breakfast as of today.

Efforts to contact director of State residences Innocent Tizora were fruitless yesterday.

Mphoko’s mobile also went unanswered when NewsDay sought his comment.

NewsDay last night called the hotel to confirm whether Mphoko was still residing there and were put through to his room.

However, the person who answered the phone said the VP was not in at that moment.

Mphoko’s continued stay at the hotel comes as the government claims it wants to cut costs and is already carrying out staff and pensioner audits.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

The Vice-President’s wife, Laurinda, has reportedly not made life easy for officials seeking a house for the Vice-President, after she reportedly rejected three houses, among them a $3 million mansion in the leafy suburb of Ballantyne Park, because “it is too small for a person of the VP’s stature”.

She reportedly also rejected a house left vacant following the death of former VP Joseph Msika in the upmarket suburb of Mandara.

In April, government insiders said they had secured a house for him in Gunhill, where his neighbours were reportedly going to be moved for his security.

Mphoko, investigations this week indicated, is currently staying in an executive suite on the 17th Floor of the Rainbow Towers Hotel, which costs $403 inclusive of bed and breakfast for two per day.

Lunch and dinner cost $15 each and Mphoko is reportedly staying with his grandchild in the suite, which significantly increase the cost.

The hotel charges additional $130 for an extra bedroom in the same suite for two kids.

Mphoko reportedly checked into the Rainbow Towers Hotel on December 14, suggesting he has been at the hotel for 287 days.
Of these, 205 are weekdays, while 82 are weekends.


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  3. Even if you stay in a 200 room mansion you always use one room at a time, saka unenge wakangofanana neni ndinogara muONE ROOM kkk.

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  5. avana order.they are not aware of wat it means 2us.kana ndimiwo ibho here iyoyo.apo kutaurisa vese havo.avatide vanhu ava,thats why they are forcing us 2 sufer&expect us 2 understand.tarisa kuzara kwakaita maroadblocks,state ine zesa,GMB,nrz,zupco,road zvadzo,state yemahospitals,schools&the list is endless.kana ndimiwo hurumende irikutii nazvo.wat kind of people are controling us.asi tsano ava vakapusa futi,sure sure kugara muhotera vamwe vachiba.chinoda kubatwa chisina chinhu.enogh of these idiots guys,we are tired.

  6. Its time we as zimbabweans rise and say enough is enough and stand up and fight even if it means death bcoz thats the only way we can build a bettr future for our children bcoz the suffring our children will see is worser than ours coz these idiots wont stop looting no matter what so its up to me and you to stand up and say enough is enough for the sake of oer children.look at the recently put mp’s for example joseph tshuma (mpopoma consntituency)all the guy knows is drinking whisky day and night and sleeping with difernt women at byo rainbow hotel.then comes this fat guy called butho who was given land as big as cowdray park by chombo for reasons best known to them when a hard working civil servant cant even get a small stand to build a two roomed house u have to be on the waiting list for 5yrs and worst of them all is obert mpofu who has 38 companies that he runs him and his wife.can u imagine (38companies).enough is enough lets all rise and fight for what is ours and for our childrens future and for a better zimbabwe for all not for a selected few individuals.

  7. when will this madness stop. Its unfortunate that Mpoko has a greed wife. Remember these vice presidents were told point blank by their leader that he would tell them what to do. So what is the use of giving Mpoko a house in our leafy suburbs? Just for taking notes from Dr Grace? My advice to the greed wife of the vice president is she is suppose to know that her husband is one of the people who are paid for doing nothing likewise their boss. By measuring his perfomance even that one of the other vice-président both of you deserve to live in high denstity areas like Dzivaresekwa 2

  8. this is madness how can he refuse a 3million dollar house and opt for a hotel room with no privacy at all.hahahaha Zimbabwe come work in South Africa if you need permists contact us and leave these Mphokos mad cows 0027218227889.south african employment agency

  9. Mazimba nhamo yedu ndeekuvhaira sitereki, kuzviisa padenga no wonder why mukuru achigara ari mundege all the time kuda kuonekwa

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