Tsvangirai’s $4 Million Mansion, Mphoko Hotel Stay, Maths Not Adding Up!-Opinion


mukoriWilbert Mukori | We all know that Politics is not an exact science with clear cut answers but rather an art with no clear cut answers.

Arithmetic, for an example is an exact science, so 1 + 1 = 2 and will never be anything else.

In Politics, an art, one can argue A = B and be correct and yet because both A and B are not clearly defined and exact variables one can also have A < B, A > B, A ± B, etc., etc. and each one of them considered right!

Morgan Tsvangirai is deliberately trying to politicized the $4 million Highlands mansion he was allocated when he was Prime Minister to confuse everyone.

“How does my house compromise me? This is my house. This is not anybody’s property, it’s my property,” he has argued when the point was raised, not for the first time, that he should vacate the property now that he is no longer PM.

The question of who is the rightful own of the property can easily be settled by answering the question who paid the $4 million price tag on the property. As far as public record goes, the property was paid for using taxpayer’s money; if Tsvangirai disputes that then he should produce the proof that he has repaid the loan.

Tsvangirai was allocated the mansion at the time because he made a big fuss about his own house being unsuitable for someone of his senior position; this is a familiar tale to the people of Zimbabwe.

VP Mphoko and his family were holed up in the five-star hotel for nearly two years, at taxpayers’ expense. Like Tsvangirai, he insisted that all the houses offered to him were not good enough for a man of his high office! It took the determined resolve of people like Sten Zvorwadza to finally flush him out of the luxurious accommodation!

Whilst one can understand the need to provide more secure accommodation for senior public officials, the nation expects the individual concerned to be reasonable in their demands. When the individual leave office they are expected to vacate the allocated accommodation. It is absurd for each ex British PM or USA President to be provided a 10 Downing Street or White House at public expense.

What Tsvangirai and his MDC friends must never forget is that they were elected on a ticket to delivery democratic reforms and end the Zanu PF corruption, oppression and this corrosive culture of entitlement.

The very fact that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends failed to implement even one democratic reform throughout the five years of the GNU does raise the question of their being compromised. Mugabe bribed his Zanu PF cronies and thugs to buy their dogged loyalty and to do his dirty work; bribing MDC leaders would have been second nature to him.

SADC leaders accused Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC leaders of “enjoying themselves whilst in government and forgetting why they were there,” in sheer frustration at MDC’s failure to implement even one democratic reform during the GNU.

“I am not answerable to Saviour Kasukuwere. He doesn’t know anything about this house. He is just trying to make political hot air out of something that he doesn’t know,” argued Tsvangirai.

“He doesn’t know that I have a house which has a contract and I advise him to talk to President Mugabe before he starts uttering something that he doesn’t know.”

If there was any deal made between Tsvangirai and Mugabe then it only proves that he was compromised. Zimbabweans risked life and limb, and over 500 lost their lives in 2008 alone, to elect Tsvangirai to end the rot created by Zanu PF, he has not only joined the rot but he even has the chutzpah to demand we allow him to keep the loot now questions asked!

Morgan Tsvangirai must vacate the $4 million Highlands mansion allocated to him when he was PM, he no longer holds any high public office and therefore must leave. That is as crystal clear as it is mischievous to try to cloud the issue.

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  • Mdolomba

    Another idiot set to destroy the country

  • steve blomefield

    I would like a patriot to go to the deeds office and see who is the owner of MT’s mansion on the title deeds. Surely that is the owner of the mansion. If government or a zanu pf member owns the mansion and MT is staying there then surely MT is paying by other means to stay there. Lie Hilary Clinton’s heal;th records and Trump’s tax records, I would like to know the owner on the title deeds

  • Nomusa Garikai

    The $4 million Highlands Mansion was paid for using taxpayers’ money and it is to the taxpayers, not Kasukuwere or President Mugabe, that Tsvangirai is accountable to. Tsvangirai should tell us why we should allow him to keep the mansion.

    We all know that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends kicked all democratic reforms into the tall grass so not even one reform was implemented in the five years of the GNU. We are in this hell-hole today because no reforms were implemented.

    What the nation wants to know from the former Prime Minister Tsvangirai is whether he and his friends were bribed, and the $4 million mansion was part of the bribe, to forget about implementing the reforms.

    Tsvangirai is accountable to the people of Zimbabwe and it is they who will in the end decide whether or not he can keep his loot!

  • the eye

    as long as Bob is president, he could make you vice president even and still you wouldnt be able to change sh*t

  • Patrick Guramatunhu

    “Vanhu veMDC vadzidza kudya vanyerere!” (MDC people have learned to enjoy the benefits of being in power!) Zanu PF officials used to boast at MDC’s sudden loss of appetite to implement any reforms during the GNU. The $ 4 million mansion for Tsvangirai made him forget about the reform! He is claiming that the mansion is his because he cannot see anything wrong with being bribed!

  • Patrick Guramatunhu

    If she failed to change anything because she, like Tsvangirai, received a bribe then we the people have the right to condemn the corruption and must do everything in our power to take away the bribe!

  • Mdolomba

    Just watch some political circus when a new government get into power after this zanu pf. Continue voting for these morons. They have no clue about ruling a nation, but ready to sell or run down the country for the benefits of their families. Fuck this majority rule. Fuck the Western democracy on African soil, especially Zimbabwe. We are a cursed nation. I have no hope anymore. I dont know what independence means anymore