Mphoko does not deserve package: War vets

ZIMBABWE National Liberation War Veterans’ Association, (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda has accused former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko of deserting his government position and therefore not deserving any exit package for his service.
In an interview with NewsDay, Matemadanda accused the former Vice-President of playing to the gallery by threatening President Emmerson Mnangagwa and government with court action over unpaid benefits.

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“He is just seeking public relevance. What we know is that at the time Operation Restore Legacy was initiated, he was in Japan on government business and he chose not to come back to the country and instead went AWOL,” he said.

“He was not fired from government and when President Robert Mugabe resigned he was supposed to be acting President, but he deserted.”

Matemadanda said Mphoko should therefore not expect Zimbabweans to pay pension benefits for a person who allegedly absconded his government post.

“He can’t talk of a pension because he was not fired neither did he tender a resignation letter. By the time President Mnangagwa was appointed and inaugurated, Mphoko had deserted, he never bothered to come back and submit himself to government,” he said.
Mphoko has through his lawyer, Welshman Ncube, written to government demanding his exit package.

The ZNLWVA secretary-general, a close ally of Mnangagwa, led the fight to dislodge Mugabe from power.

Matemadanda said Mnangagwa did not hold any grudges against Mphoko, saying he had shown this by honouring government obligations to main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“He is a progressive leader who departed from the politics of hate when he did us proud by visiting MDC leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and giving him his dues which had been held back by Mugabe for years,” he said.

Mphoko was not reachable yesterday while his lawyer, Ncube, was not answering his phone.

9 Comments

  1. Its better TO Postpone elections so that we recover economically as a country than engaging in election wereby others will busy subotaging the economy to get simpathy votes

  2. Mupei hazvina basa izvo he deserves it

  3. Mphoko a already blew his pension first in Mozambique when he deserted & decided to go on honeymoon with his wife while comrades were dying at the battlefront during chimurenga, then secondly he blew it with his grandsons during his ridiculous 2year stay in Rainbow Towers. He actually owes the country

  4. ZIMBABWEANS LET US BE SERIOUS THIS MBOKO DOES NOT DESERVE ANY KIND OF HANDSHAKE, HANDSHAKE FOR WHAT, FOR RELEASING THIEVES, HANDSHAKE FOR LEAVING ALMOST HIS VP TENURE IN HOTELS. AKATODYA YAKE KARE IF HE WAS A TRUE LEADER WITH THE COUNTRY AT HEART HE SHOULDN’T HAVE STAYED IN A HOTEL FOR THAT LONG, ABUSING PUBLIC FUNDS.

  5. He was not banking money because he listen to prophet bishop Ndanga predictions that Robert will rule till he die. So there was no need to worry. Time was on his side remember he was close to Amai and Sekuru. Just give him a quarter of his benefits.

  6. Benefits for looting and protecting thieves? he must demand those benefits from Grace whom he served not the government of Zimbabwe. ngaasungwe for obstruction of justice mayb that’s the benefits he want

  7. Mxm who deserves it?

  8. Mphoko has served his country since the time
    of the struggle. He deserves It.

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