VP Mphoko sucked into Zinara storm

VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko has been caught in a fresh storm after he allegedly forced police to release top Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) executives arrested on corruption charges involving over $1 million.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/EVERSON MUSHAVA/MARY TARUVINGA

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

Mphoko reportedly stormed Avondale Police Station on Wednesday night and demanded the release of acting Zinara chief executive officer Moses Juma and board member Davison Norupiri.

The two had been arrested earlier in the day for criminal abuse of office and fraud respectively by officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.

“The VP personally came to the police station and ordered us to release the two. He actually said: ‘I am the VP of the country and I want you to let my boys go’. There was nothing anyone could do and he actually asked for his name to be indicated as having been responsible for their release in the detention book,” an insider told this paper.

NewsDay also gleaned a detention book that showed Juma and Norupiri were booked in on Wednesday and released on the same day.
Under the column “how disposed of . . . by whom authorised”, the book indicated “VP Mphoko” in both cases.

Some are indicated as having been released into the hands of the officer-in-charge crime on summons or to court.

Both Mphoko and the Minister of State in his Office, Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga, were unreachable for comment yesterday.

Norupiri’s lawyer, Innocent Chagonda, said: “About his release, I cannot comment. I don’t know what happened. What I know is that they were released and I don’t know whether it was by consent or force.”

Juma’s lawyer Tinevimbo Mutemachani also said he was not aware how his client was released, urging NewsDay to consult Mphoko’s Office “if indeed it happened”.

Later on, he said the police, in their wisdom having assessed and verified facts surrounding issues concerning his clients, felt there was no need to detain them further until they fully and carefully investigated the matter.

“The police are simply being cautious to avoid legal impediments that may arise as a result of the arrest and probably continued incarceration,” Mutemachani said.

“I doubt that there was any external influence. But I do not have the facts.”

Norupiri and Juma subsequently failed to appear in court as scheduled yesterday, attracting outrage from presiding magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe, who grilled the prosecution over the matter.

Norupiri is alleged to have shown favour by handpicking three tax consultancy firms, two of them shelf companies, ostensibly to reduce Zinara’s tax obligation which had ballooned to $43 million.

“The accused did this to show favour and give Tax Management Services (TMS) (an established consultancy) an unfair competitive advantage over the other two shelf companies,” Norupiri’s charge sheet said, adding the Zinara boss had then “influenced the procurement committee’s deliberations of the engagement of TMS”.

Juma is accused of having authorised and approved various payments to TMS and trying to force Zinara acting finance director Precious Murove to sign the purported contract document.

According to the State, the figures involved would have required Zinara to follow tender procedures and a prejudice of $1 274 575 to Zinara and government.

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26 Comments

  1. Charity Charamba

    ‘Mboko reportedly stormed Avondale police station..’ ko why do you have to be melodramatic with your language?

    1. i had to re read usadaro iwe kkk

    2. MbhokoMustFall

      Did Mboko hide ‘his boys’ in his hotel room? Kwaaaaaaaaaa

  2. VP Blunder-spree Mphoko. RG comes back and does nothing as always. The tactic of retaining corrupt staff in exchange for loyalty is what RG learnt most. It’s always about the power and nothing else. Saka Mphoko aitesei hake when he knows his boss’ major weakness

  3. Tongai henyu nemasanhu asi zvichapera chete

  4. akaitaseiko mudhara uyu kungotanga ne corruption from the beginning.

  5. Joice Mujuru did a similar act regarding corruption when she was shielding her colleagues from investigation. Now let’s imagine Mphoko is kicked out of Zpf 1 day, and he starts saying “People first”!!!!
    Kikkkkk, we really must be fools, we deserve it, if it happens again.

  6. It’s very un-VP to do what Mphoko does. Do we deserve this as a country?

  7. yah zvakaoma…and we dream of a corruption free Zimbabwe with supposed leaders like this….i think mumusoro ma VP varikuti its my time to have a chunk of the cake….

    Ungamudiii!!! Hapanaaaa ivo varivo vari panyanga

  8. Reality check

    Are we in a banana republic where lawlessness reigns? For sure our constitution was set to safeguard the big fish while molesting the small ones. We are not yet freedom. The struggle for the second liberation persists.

  9. And you think corruption will end????? Just asking. This good for nothing Mboko guy is good for nothing. It just means he is involved in the corruption and want to cover up. Hey Zimbabwe so havatonyari. Now doing it in broad daylight and with no regrets at all.

  10. kerb chakanetsa

    pierce the veil and you will be shocked to find that mai vaya varimomunyaya iyi. Isn’t it a coincidence kuenda kusingapore nechipiri. Anyway Mboko imboko. zvichapera

  11. All those who thought it was lie that these guys are a mafia. The Mafia king no … going to demand the release of his boys from the hands of law enforcers in broad day light. That’s what Zimbos have for leaders

  12. If the report by the News Day is indeed factual, then it means we are not going anywhere in as far as the fight against corruption is concerned. If it is true, then I personally think V.P Ngwena ‘s call to end corruption is in vain. We need to walk the talk. Its even a shame, especially considering the way our V.P Mpoko is allegedly over using state resources occupying the presidential suite at Rain Bow towers. He should ask himself if the other VP Ngwena has lost anything by staying at his state given residence instead of the hotel. Now we hear another story which involves obstruction of justice if I am not mistaken. We love this country but those in power love wealth only.

  13. And when ever there are economic challenges , we hear them rushing to blame , Tsvangirai and Sanctions, God forbids.

  14. and when we say this flag they say we are confused. the zinara guys will be back in cells soon when we liberate ourselves and maybe this time with mhpoko, because he did this to protect himself. and to the police start joining people as you can see that in truth you are being used by the big fish for their selfish reasons

  15. if this is true then His Excellency should do something as a matter of urgency to end this nonsense

    1. Hi Excellency is a very big part of the nonsense.

  16. nhaka kunotambwa chamupidigori

  17. kana tane vakuru vari pamusoro pemutemo .haa paipa

  18. Bongani Mthandeka Moyo

    Police in their wisdom………. I love ZRP

  19. nguva ichakwana

  20. Against ruthless ruling

    BABA AVO FAE YAVO YAKAFITWA NE HUTSINYE

  21. Against ruthless ruling

    BABA AVO FACE YAVO YAKAFITWA NE HUTSINYE

  22. Ngavamusungeka iye MBOKO zvavakaita TOMANA. Asi kusunga vanhu vasina mhosva saPastor Evan Mawarire. ZANU YAURAYA NYIKA ARUME….

  23. What an insult to loyal citizens. If you are corrupt the law is on your side but the pastor was arrested just for exercising his rights.If the CID guys who went to search the pastor’s house case could come in please.This is an ideal job for them.The CID should pick up the VP for questioning that’s abuse of power.

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