When contacted by Southern Eye, Phelekezela Mphoko’s lawyer Welshman Ncube said Government has until early December to process the former Vice President’s pension or risk a civil suit.
The notice has not yet expired. I do not have the papers with me right now (to confirm the date of expiry of notice), but it expires in early December.
Government acknowledges Mphoko is entitled to his pension but argues he does not deserve full benefits as he did not serve a full term under Statutory Instrument 86 of 2015. SI 86 of 2015 states only a VP who served at least one term in office can enjoy exit packages such as a security officer. However Section 102 of Zimbabwe’s constitution says Mphoko is entitled to benefits as may be prescribed under an Act of Parliament.