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THE People's Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko for ordering the release of two Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) officials accused of defrauding the parastatal $1,3 million.

The VP stirred controversy last week after he drove to Avondale Police Station in Harare where he went on to bully junior police officers to release acting Zinara chief executive Moses Juma and non-executive director Davison Norupiri.

The two, who Mphoko referred to as his boys, had been arrested by officers from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of US$1 294 575,76.

In a statement, PDP said the illegal directive by the former Zimbabwean ambassador to South Africa "clearly shows that he is unaware of the functions of his office".

"Mphoko disregarded the fact that these two men were facing serious charges and should have been brought before the court of law to answer to these allegations," said the Tendai Biti led opposition.

"Since assuming the Vice President's office, Mphoko has on a number of instances wilfully violated the Constitution, has been in serious misconduct and shown an inability to competently perform his duties."

The fledgling opposition party said Mphoko's conduct flies in the face of current efforts to tame rampant corruption by top government officials and those in charge of government's loss making firms.

Mphoko has riled social rights activists through his continued stay at a posh Harare hotel.

The VP is already under fire for facilitating a botched $350 million loan deal at very high interest rates between the power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) and Botswana's Capital Management Africa where his son Siqokoqela Mphoko is a shareholder.

The deal was vetoed by President Mugabe.

Said PDP: "Since his appointment as VP, Mphoko continues to show arrogance by his stay at the Rainbow Towers five-star hotel at the expense of the taxpayer when a government house has been made available for him."

PDP was also quick to remind Zimbabweans Mphoko has tried to exonerate President Robert Mugabe from the 1980s Gukurahudi massacres which claimed an estimated 20 000 civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.

"As PDP, we view corruption as a huge cancer in Zimbabwe and we call for local institutions that were created to combat corruption to be truly independent and well supported to carry out their duties in a professional manner," said the opposition.

Source: New Zimbabwe.