I Have Never Been Poor, People Really Underrate Me: Obert Mpofu Addresses Corruption Rumours

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration and former Minister of Home Affairs Obert Mpofu has denied all claims that he is corrupt insisting that he is too rich to be bribed. Mpofu said that he has always been rich the time before he came into government and attributed the source of his wealth to the “golden handshake” he received from Tregers. In an interview with the Daily News, Mpofu said,

Yes, certain individuals, most of whom are outside the country, say such things. You see, I did not become a businessman when I got into government. I have been one since long time ago. The lists of assets that they say I acquired corruptly are properties I bought way back.

You see York House in Bulawayo is a very expensive building which I bought from Old Mutual in 1998. Go to CABS and you will get those facts. I have been in industry, working for Tregers as managing director. I became MP in 1987 and in 1995, I became deputy minister and I had all my assets, you see, and I am proud of that. My assets are there, but people don’t want to know what my background is.

They say I own Victoria Falls, but what I own is mine. I have never asked anything from anybody. If there is anybody in or outside the country who says he gave Obert $1, just tell him to come forth.

…I was given a golden handshake by Tregers, so I never worked again. I was the first black guy to drive a Mercedes Benz in Bulawayo, the first one again to become a member of CZI.
Those are the truths of life, so I have never been poor. I have never been and people really underrate me, but look, everything I have was acquired through hard work.

…My children run their own institutions here in Harare and we don’t need anybody. Who would be able to bribe me? If anything, it would be the other way around. Who would have the guts to come and bribe me? The most surprising thing is that in 2009-2013, it (Ministry of Mines) grew up to double digits when I was minister but I know my detractors don’t want to admit that it has never happened again. It’s there on record.

More: Daily News


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