Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is set to get his terminal benefits after engagements with the pension departments have progressed well.
This was revealed by Mphoko’s lawyer Welshman Ncube, in an interview with the Daily News on Tuesday. Said Ncube:
It’s almost resolved, he (Mphoko) was to engage with relevant departments so that they could see the most expeditious way of resolving the issue.
In my last conversation with him, he was so happy with the progress they were making in resolving the issue. I hope it would be settled to finality in that direct dialogue between him and the relevant pension departments.
Mphoko was appointed Vice President in 2014 by the then President Robert Mugabe.
He lost his post in November 2017 when Mugabe was ousted through a military coup.
According to the Daily News, Mphoko, who was a diplomat before he was appointed Vice President, is demanding that government pay him a salary equivalent to a sitting Vice President for life, get access to State security, an office, a government vehicle, telephone, secretary and domestic workers in line with the national charter.
It has been suggested that a sticking point in Mphoko getting his pension has been Statutory Instrument 86 of 2015 which states that a Vice President who served at least one term in office can enjoy exit packages such as a security officer, two drivers, and domestic workers.
Meanwhile, Mphoko did not serve a full term. He was in office between 2014 and 2017.