Zim activists vow to protest VP Mphoko’s stay at expensive hotel


Harare - A Zimbabwean human rights group has vowed to continue to protest Deputy President Phekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at an expensive hotel in capital Harare, reports NewsDay.

Mphoko has been staying at the presidential suite at Rainbow Towers Hotel for well over a year as the government has not been able to find him a "suitable home".

One of the activists, Tendai Lynnette Mudehwe said they would be distributing fliers throughout the country as they are calling on ordinary Zimbabweans to join in the protest.

In a press statement, the activist further stated that the money used to pay for the hotel could be channelled towards underfunded sectors such as health and education, the report said.

“... the late vice president John Landa Nkomo was so humble to the extent that he resided in his private home. It’s a first in Zimbabwe that a vice president takes residence in a luxurious Hotel,” the statement read.

On twitter, a Zimbabwean blogger tweeted that the deputy president's continued stay at the hotel highlights the arrogance of Zimbabwe's politicians and leadership.

A Zanu-PF member Energy Mutodi recently blasted the deputy president, saying he should consider leaving the hotel.

In a post on his Facebook page the outspoken Mutodi said most of Zimbabweans were surviving from hand to mouth — while the likes of Mphoko enjoyed the trappings of a “king.”

“Truly speaking, as a nation we must be seen to be portraying a correct image to investors especially on our determination to develop this country and we need humble leaders who are prepared even to sacrifice their wealth to support communities and not greedy and luxury-life seekers. It’s just unacceptable,”he added.

The Daily News estimated that the deputy president’s continued stay at the hotel cost the tax payers about $250 000 since he moved in last year in December.

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