FORMER Vice President of Zimbabwe Phekezela Mphoko is expected to hand over himself to the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) for questioning, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
Sources within ZACC confirmed to this publication that the forgotten former Vice President has made communication to the effect that he will avail himself after he resisted arrest over the weekend, citing that there was no warrant.
He is facing charges of criminal abuse of office during his tenure as vice president.
Zacc tweeted accusing Mphoko of failing to cooperate with its officers during their visit to his Bulawayo residence.
“He is expected to hand himself anytime today for questioning on the charges which have been laid against him of criminal abuse of office.
“He is also likely to answer to obstruction of justice charges for his action,” revealed an insider.
During his tenure as the vice president, Mphoko defeated the course of justice when he ordered the release of incarcerated Engineer Moses Juma and non Executive Director Davison Norupiri who were arrested by ZACC on allegations of siphoning USD$ 1.3 million from the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA).
Zacc had secured the arrest of the two Zinara bosses under docket number RR08/05/16. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) charged them for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of US$1 294 575,76.
Mphoko, who is known for his bullying tactics, reportedly visited Avondale Police station during the night and identified himself as “the VP of the country”, saying, “I want my boys to go.”
He was Acting President at the material time when he secured the release of his ‘boys.’
Last year, Juma was sentenced to 30 months in jail for criminal abuse of office raising speculation that Mphoko is party to the crime.
Mphoko is not new to scandals. In 2016, he was dragged to court by about 70 villagers in the Tshayile area of Bubi, Matabeleland North province in a boundary dispute.
Villagers claimed that he was in the habit of bullying them, forcing them to file an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court.
Mphoko wanted to extend his farm’s boundary into their land at Shilloh Farm, adjacent to his Mzohluzo Farm.
This year, his family pulled out from the Choppies retail chain, ending a nasty dispute for control of the supermarket chain that led to the arrest of his son Siqokoqela and daughter-in-law Nomagugu.
Mphoko’s family was engaged in a nasty ownership wrangle with their Botswana-registered Choppies Distribution Centre (Proprietary) Limited business partners fronted by former President Festus Mogae.
Mphoko and Siqokoqela insisted they were the majority shareholders of Choppies Zimbabwe through their local investment vehicle, Nanavac, which held a 51% stake.