Mpofu breaks down

via Mpofu breaks down | The Zimbabwe Independent by Paidamoyo Muzulu

UMGUZA MP and outgoing Mines minister Obert Mpofu on Tuesday broke down in parliament while giving an emotional congratulatory message in his native Ndebele language to his friend Jacob Mudenda, who was elected speaker of the eighth parliament.

Mudenda, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairman, was elected unopposed by newly sworn in Zanu PF MPs after MDC MPS walked out before the nomination process.

Mpofu choked on his words and tears streamed down his cheeks when he reminded Mudenda not to forget the backwardness of Hwange and Binga now that he was now in high office.

“Let us not forget the backwardness of our home areas, Hwange and Binga now that we are in high offices. Think of chiefs in Hwange and Binga as you settle in this new office,” Mpofu said.

“Let’s us not forget where we came from in those years when we used to eat ‘amasonja’ (an edible worm) when we were young,” Mpofu said before his emotional breakdown.

Matabeleland North is one of the most underdeveloped communities in Zimbabwe despite being home to the Hwange National Park, Zambezi National Park and the majestic Victoria Falls which rake in millions in tourism annually.

Mpofu earlier had spoken eloquently about Mudenda’s history and achievements in both the public and private life, particularly in the early years of independence in Matabeleland province.

Mudenda, a lawyer by profession, is a former teacher, district administrator, provincial administrator, governor and senator.

“Mudenda is a man of firsts. He has been the first in many things in the past, particularly in our rural homes of Hwange and Binga. I am glad that the speaker’s chair has come back to its rightful owner,” Mpofu said.

Vice President Joice Mujuru also spoke strongly against MPs who forget about championing development, especially in rural areas from where Zanu PF has the majority of its support.

“While we debate about roads and railway line connecting Harare and Chitungwiza, we should not forget to talk of areas like Kanyemba and Binga that are in the back of the beyond. We should also put roads that connect them to other areas,” Mujuru said.

“For the next five years we should constantly ask ourselves in everything we do whether we are doing these things for ourselves or the country?” Mujuru said.



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    Diego Zhaba 11 years ago

    Breaking down for what? Crocodile’s tears !!!! Or the cirlce is getting more fortified and the DIAMOND looting continues and now he can extend his empire to other cities in Zimbabwe and also invest outside the Zim boaders.

    The poor will further be stripped of what remains of them as the system continue to plunder. Wait and see.

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    tanyara muchatiguta 11 years ago

    Even a crocodile has tears

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    Mike Patterson 11 years ago

    Mr. Muchatiguta.
    No crocodile on gods earth sheds

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    tsaona 11 years ago

    Mpofu waitenga mabank uchitadza kugadzira kumusha kwako wakuda kuti mumwe aite. Speaker of parliament is in office but haana mari. Unayo mari asi kungofunga zvekumba kwako chete. Gadzira iwewe Hwange yacho nemari nemari yemadiamonds yauinayo kwete kuda kusairira vamwe. Nxaaa!

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    Chitova weGona 11 years ago

    He was crying for losing the Mines ministry! Why cry today when he has been in gvt for so long. Thanks for cleaning yo eyes in that disgraceful parliament. Chose chinobhururuka chinomhara!

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    Mupanduki 11 years ago

    Mpofu keep quiet we are not kids how many years of distructing idiot thieves tym is coming

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    eztechplc 11 years ago

    Chimbomusiya abewo…….haasati ave nechibhanzi mufana uyo. Ndaverenga ndichiti pada vaka collapsa muddare ini ndikati tinzwa dzimwe ngano kuHeroes Acre kakhule vave kukuvinga

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    todii zvazvo 11 years ago

    Mpofu has several unfinished projects in Hwange,Vic falls from mining theft proceeds,crying cause he has no solution how to proceed if he doesnt get the mining ministry again,

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    yeesss 11 years ago

    at least he knows the shonas are not developin mat

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    Vakomana vakomana, ndatonyarawo neni…this is the genre of cabinet members we have…crying for what…for people who are starving…starvation that u r causing…PATHETIC…

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    There should be a photo of his fat pathetic face with those big old tears just rushing down those shiny chubby cheeks of his making us all so sad for him….You bloody thief, give us a break!

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    adam jones 11 years ago

    A speaker of parliament is a national figure. MPs represent their areas. How does mpofu the chief thief excpect the speaker to only look at Hwange and Binga? Does he mean the same way as he focused on his pocket when he was mines minister?

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    Gag me with a spoon.

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    the thief is crying because now that he has a new license to steal, there is so little ivory left for him to poach

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    ephraim 10 years ago

    Mr Minister what a shame if Father Zimbabwe would wake up from the grave he will collapse without a word remember he used to cry bitterly after those air raids in Zambia

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    Kuchemera basa rakapera ku mine kwavaidya pamadiro zvakapera speed yaidyiwa nayo zvinhu zvinokurumidza kupera

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    tonyme 8 years ago

    Dont teach the young man the tricks of boot-licking Mr. Mpofu. Do you remember the 2014 incidents where you licked the president’s boots? Now we have tears. Please save them as you might need them sooner or later.

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    Nicklas Moyo 6 years ago

    I wonder why the so called Obert Mpofu should cry. Why cry after stealing so much diamonds and buying Bulawayo city you think we don’t know. You are a disgrace in my Ndebele community.