VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday said he was justified to order the release of Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) executives from police custody, arguing their arrest was unprocedural.
Addressing a Zanu PF inter-district meeting at Davies Hall in Bulawayo yesterday, VP Mphoko said he went to a Harare police station in July last year and ordered the release of then Zinara acting chief executive officer Eng Moses Juma and board chairman Davison Norupiri who had been arrested on allegations of abuse of office and fraud because he believed they had not committed any crime.
“I was accused of being a corrupt leader myself; they said I kicked doors and cells ordering the release of corrupt officials. Juma is a devout Christian. He was corruptly arrested. People want to take over top posts and they want to bring in their corrupt relatives who steal from government. We do not want that.”
VP Mphoko added that he also intervened in the case involving the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Prof Jonathan Moyo.