Partying minister upsets neighbours

obert_mpofu3MGUZA Fed up of loud parties, villagers in Umguza have been complaining about the lavish lifestyle of their neighbour, the mines and mining development minister, Obert Mpofu (Pictured).

The minister has a house reported to be worth around $1.6m in the midst of the dirt-poor area. And it seems the contrast is too much for local people, who cant stop talking about the September 19 bash that earned Mpofu the nickname Obiza.

At least 5,000 guests were said to have attended, including 10 directors of two companies mining the Chiadzwa diamond fields.

Among the dignitaries were Vice President John Nkomo and politicians Jacob Mudenda, Faith Moyo, Stibisiso Moyo. One villager said there were mountains of food. Mpofu was said to have slaughtered 10 herds of cattle, dozens of chickens and an eland. There were tons of rice, relish and sadza.

It was like a wedding with free-flowing drinks of your choice and waiter service, said the flabbergasted villager. Mpofu hired two buses, seven lorries, two Kanondo Safari vehicles and commandeered a bus from the colliery. A rather small fleet for the reported 5,000 guests, but whatever the accurate numbers, villagers say they are outraged by the extravagance and disruption.

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