Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has described Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko's continued stay at an expensive hotel in the capital as a "shame and disgrace".
In a press statement sent to News24 on Friday, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu lambasted Mphoko, saying that his party was "saddened by the level of insensitivity, selfishness and profligacy" exhibited by the vice president.
Gutu further claimed that Mphoko's apparent love "for a lavish lifestyle" was a "monumental embarrassment" to poor Zimbabweans.
"The MDC is absolutely disturbed by Mphoko's lack of respect and indeed, commiseration, with the majority of suffering Zimbabweans most of whom cannot even put one square meal on the table per day," Gutu said.
The MDC spokesperson claimed that the vice president's stay at a suite of the Rainbow Towers hotel was costing the country a minimum of $430 per day.
"It is apparent that Mphoko would like to set a new Guinness Book of World Records as the vice president who stayed the longest in a five star hotel presidential suite," he said.
Reports on Thursday indicated that Mphoko had refused to move into his recently government acquired $3.5m mansion, opting instead, to continue staying at the five-star hotel.
According to News24, the broke Zimbabwean government secured the $3.5m mansion in Harare's leafy Grange suburb for Mphoko in December last year. But due to demands from Mphoko and his wife, the government had to do some renovations to the house.
However, six months after the required renovations had been done, the Mphokos still claimed that they would not move into the government sponsored house until some of their requirements were met.
The Mphokos have been staying at the luxurious hotel for at least 18 months now.
The vice president's hotel stay has infuriated many, with human rights activists saying the money used for his accommodation could be channelled towards underfunded sectors such as health and education.