After Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko made astonishing allegations that Morgan Tsvangirai was involved in Gukurahundi and in a plot to assassinate the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, the MDC, through Luke Tamborinyoka released a hard-hitting press statement this morning addressing the allegations.
The MDC threatened Mphoko with legal action for “his false and defamatory allegations” saying that as a Vice President, Mphoko should not stoop so low as to be “besmirching an innocent citizen and making a sick joke out of a national tragedy on national television.”
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Part of the statement reads:
Mphoko will soon be hearing from President Tsvangirai’s lawyers about his false and defamatory allegations. He surely owes the nation an elaborate substantiation of his fanciful allegations that do not befit the high office that he holds.
He will surely have his day in court.
Mphoko was advised not to partake of drugs when there was a possibility that he could embarrass himself in front of the nation.
Next time, Mphoko’s minders must assist him to resist the temptation to parade himself in front of television cameras, particularly if he knows he has just smoked something illegal, toxic and dangerous as he appeared to have done yesterday
Tamborinyoka remonstrates with Mphoko for taking Gukurahundi lightly and being insensitive to some of his colleagues who lost family members during that period. Mpho is advised to seek advice from fellow faction members of the G40 faction. Professor Jonathan Moyo is believed to be one of the faction members of G40.
Here was a whole Vice President, with neither shame nor compunction, grossly maligning and besmirching an innocent citizen and making a sick joke out of a national tragedy on national television.
…He could have done better if he had sought the advice of some of his colleagues in the same faction who lost their parents during the senseless Gukurahundi period. At least they could have sat him down to impress upon him that this was no laughing matter; that Gukurahundi was too grave a matter to clown about.
The MDC also claim that Mphoko missed out on what was happening in Zimbabwe in the periods leading up to independence and just after independence because he was abusing you girls in Mocambique.
An except the statement reads:
It is now a matter of public record, as alleged by genuine war veterans, that Mphoko was flirting with and abusing under-age girls in Maputo both before and soon after independence and may have lost out on what actually happened in the country during that sombre political moment.
However, his absence from the country during this period gives him no licence to soil and humiliate himself by defaming Tsvangirai
Read the full statement here