One Year Later, Vice President Still Stays Booked In A Hotel…

Rainbow Towers Hotel, Harare, Porter welcomeImage Via: Africa Travel Resource

Zimbabwe’s Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko marks 384 days in a five-star-hotel, Rainbow Towers Hotel, after having been booked in just 3 days after being appointed as Zimbabwe’s second vice president, having accumulated a bill of over $250 000 of public funds in food and accommodation.

Phelekezela Mphoko, Zimbabwe Vice PresidentImage Via: Fingaz.co.zw

Added to his presidential suite, reports state that the Vice President has an office at the hotel, as well as rooms for his aides and grandchild. This is after reports that his wife rejected 3 houses in various leafy suburbs in Harare, one of them being former Vice President Joseph Msika’s residence in Mandara, stating that they were either too small or not suitable for someone of the Vice President’s stature.

A $4 million mansion was secured and bought late last year and is being “renovated”, however it would seem that Government was able to spend lavishly at a time when they’ve failed to meet salaries and bonuses for civil servants. This has brought condemnation from citizens, opposition parties and even members of Mpoko’s Zanu PF party with 5 activists being arrested for staging a demonstration at his hotel against his continual stay at the taxpayers expense. They were later released without charge.

It is said that the presidential suite costs $403 inclusive of bed and breakfast for two per night, while lunch and dinner cost $15 each. An additional $130 is charged for an extra bedroom in the same suite for two children and Mphoko’s aides.