Mphoko speaks on his definition of a “real” thief

Speaking during a donation of an additional 3 000 chicks to the Luveve community at Mafakela Primary School in Bulawayo, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday criticised corrupt Government officials employed in public institutions who steal money from the poor to enrich themselves.

He also took time to highlight what he thinks constitutes a real thief,

People that I call real thieves are those who steal from the poor. A public figure working for the Government must always be honest and responsible. We need to respect our people regardless of their age or social status because if you take advantage of a poor person to steal his or her money, you are not blessed and watch out.

Mphoko singled out public hospitals, saying those entrusted with the collection of medical fees were diverting funds for personal use,

The money that is being collected at hospitals is supposed to be used to buy drugs for patients, but sadly we have individuals who steal it under the guise that it was being taken to Harare, but they would be lying. For instance, yesterday (Saturday) I was at Nkayi District Hospital and we were told that the money that patients pay is used to purchase iodine, cotton wool and drugs, but at UBH (United Bulawayo Hospitals) there is nothing like that.

Mphoko and his family on Saturday donated a consignment of beds to Nkayi District Hospital in Matabeleland North.

More: Chronicle

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