Obert Mpofu defends wealth

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TRANSPORT minister and Zanu politburo member Obert Mpofu yesterday attacked what he called a bad tendency among people in Matabeleland who label successful people as “thieves” saying the region would not develop with such contempt.

NDUDUZO TSHUMA
STAFF REPORTER

Fingers have been pointed at Mpofu with some people questioning the source of his wealth.

He has also been accused by some local and international organisations of looting diamonds in Marange during his tenure as Mines minister although no evidence has ever been produced.

Speaking at a field day at his homestead in Nyamandlovu where he showcased his maiden tobacco crop, Mpofu said the tendency of glorifying laziness ahead of hardworking people in Matabeleland should come to an end and unity was needed for tangible development to take place. Perhaps in apparent reference to himself, Mpofu said hardworking people were often accused of stealing while the lazy ones were glorified.

“We were in Chinhoyi for the Zanu PF conference and people were busy farming there,” he said.

“I am happy that here in Umguza there are people who take farming seriously. People say we steal, but how can you steal when things are so hard. Let us develop our country by loving each other. The problem in Matabeleland is that we are not united for development and spend time accusing each other.

“A man who works hard is a thief and the lazy one is a man. We then turn and say people from Mashonaland (provinces) ngothathekile (they get carried away) when they take up opportunities,” he said.

Mpofu has previously referred to himself as a strategic investor who took risks by acquiring loans from banks to start up his thriving business empire which now consists of farming, security, transport, tourism and hospitality and banking. The Umguza legislator said he started off as a paprika farmer and the project generated him a lot of foreign currency, which he used to buy a farm and cattle to feed for resale.

“We started selling cattle and now I have many cattle. We sell 100 cattle per week. Go to CSC (Cold Storage Company) and you will see where we steal money. Let us compete with love and not jealousy,” the minister chuckled.

Mpofu also dismissed claims by former State Enterprises and Parastatals minister Gorden Moyo that Zanu PF nurtured the rot in the country’s parastatals resulting in executives bleeding the entities dry by paying themselves outrageous salaries. Moyo told Southern Eye on Tuesday that parent ministers of parastatals were beneficiaries of the rot in all the non-performing State-owned entities, but Mpofu shot back.

“He was a Parastatals minister and presided over that rot. You cannot comment on things that you failed to deal with when you were part of government,” he said.

“He cannot take advantage of the fact that he is in opposition to comment on issues that he failed to deal with. It’s unfair.”
On the insurance scandal rocking Air Zimbabwe, Mpofu said he had not received any reports on the matter.

“I have only read in the newspapers and we do not rely on speculation, but facts. I will deal with it, if the case exists, in a manner that is fair to everyone,” Mpofu said.

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  1. ask him what stalled the essar-zisco deal during his tenure as mines minister?”corruption resides in yu Mpofu”.workers @ zisco are dying right now & yu are yo blame,$1 for arvs is hard to get talk less of a meal,semi-god mpofu hv mercy.

  2. Yes it is stupid to always hesitate like what we do in Matabeleland sisesaba ukuba ngothathekile but for you Mpofu the people of Matabeleland it is your Gukurahundi links really. And we hear that you steal from your comrades in Mashonaland. Hard work yes but if it is politically linked and protected then political opponents will take advantage. Were all bank loans paid back? Werent those cattle taken from farms? Did you not harvest the crop and then resettle someone after the loot? Selling kaprika were you not selling in forex and then changing the dollars in the black market? Did you not have your own team of Osiphatheleni who worked for you in forex dzals? Hard work! If this was not linked to Zanupf Baba Mpofu you would be the Matabeleland HERO.

  3. lapho Mpofu muntu omdala noma nginyanya i ZANU ngenhliziyo yami yonke lapha ukhuluma iqiniso.abakithi abantu banjalo.abambananga njalo basola nje yonke into.hayi ngazi kuyothiwani

  4. Into oyikhulumayo liqiniso, abantu bakithi bayesaba ukuthatha irisk. Mina ngicela ukwazi ukuthi ngingaku thola njani, kuphi ngikhulume lawe. Savula ibhizimisi lomfowethu, sifuna ukwelulekwa ngokuthize okusiphicayo.

  5. You are not telling people the trurth Mpofu. You got your wealth from diamonds. Did you buy that farm or you took it from white farmers together with the cattle?

  6. Mpofu needs to come clean and address certain perceptions. 1) Did his political inclination contribute to his wealth? 2) Does any non-publicly politically inclined citizen of Zimbabwe stand an equal chance in creating wealth?
    3) Has Mpofu made a clean departure with his past misdemeanors of Willowgate, Green Haven fridge Door and Majele’s cattle?
    People are sceptical because of your past deeds as well as your current political inclinations.

  7. Uyanya emdala engaka. Where are the looted cattle from the Olds family that was butchered by your O vets, CSC cattle meant for poor villagers?

  8. corrupt leaders are about to die cde mpofu. watch my words. you cant continue talking like that when people in zimbabwe working so hard yet cannot not go anyway because of your greed you people and your corruption. you cant continue doing this to the people of God. no not at all.

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