Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko made a rare public appearance at a ZANU-PF campaign rally led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Nkayi, Matabeleland North province. Mphoko had largely been out of the public eye since Robert Mugabe’s ouster in a 2017 coup.
Mphoko attended the rally with other ZANU-PF leaders like Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Obert Mpofu, and Mike Bimha. When Mnangagwa saw Mphoko, he said “Ah Mphoko, you are here. How is Bulawayo?”
Mnangagwa invited Mphoko on stage and expressed gratitude for his attendance. He said “We have come a long way together and done things I cannot mention. I am grateful you came to support me.”
Mnangagwa claimed Zimbabwe’s economy had grown faster than any other in the Southern African region in the last three years. However, he acknowledged constraints due to Western sanctions.
He promised to fix roads in Matabeleland North, including the Bulawayo-Nkayi Road.