FORMER Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko is yet to receive his government pensions and other benefits, more than six months after being forced out through a military intervention.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
His lawyer Welshman Ncube confirmed the development at the weekend, saying they were still negotiating with government through the Attorney-General’s Office. “Nothing has happened. The government has not yet given the former Vice-President his benefits and pensions. We are still waiting,” he said.
Ncube added that government had only offered to pay Mphoko’s pension, but was reluctant to give him other benefits he was entitled to as a former Vice-President.
“We want to see the things that we agree on with the office of the AG, then probably go to court over the things that we do not agree on. So far, there is agreement that he is entitled to a pension, but not the other benefits as contained in the law,” he said.
“So, we want to deal with the areas we agree and dispense with that and go to court on the areas that are not agreed. At the moment, we have not hit a brick wall, so we are not yet going to court.”
Mphoko is demanding that government should pay him a salary equivalent to a sitting Vice-President, for life, get access to State security, an office and a government vehicle.
Former President Robert Mugabe has been given his constitutional benefits, which Mphoko appears to have been denied.