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Phelekezela Mphoko
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Second Vice-President of Zimbabwe
In office
12 December 2014 – 27 November 2017
President Robert Mugabe
Preceded by John Nkomo
Succeeded by Kembo Mohadi
Ambassador of Zimbabwe
In office
2011–2014 South Africa
Personal details
Born (1940-06-11) 11 June 1940 (age 82)
Gwizane, Southern Rhodesia
(now Zimbabwe)
Political party ZANU–PF (until 2017)
Independent (since 2017)
Spouse(s) Laurinda Mphoko
Children Siqokoqela (son)
Sikhumbuzo (daughter)
Siduduzo (daughter)
Parent(s) Mahlwempu Mphoko
Muntu-omubi Mphoko

Phelekezela Mphoko (born 11 June 1940) is a Zimbabwean politician, diplomat, businessman and former military commander who served as Second Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 2014 until 2017, as well as Zimbabwe's ambassador to Russia, Botswana and South Africa. Legally, Mphoko was the acting President of Zimbabwe from 21–24 November 2017, however, as he was not in the country at the time, official standing on this is unclear. Mphoko's term as vice-president was ended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the dissolution of the cabinet on 27 November 2017.

Life and career

After independence

Mphoko served as Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Botswana and Russia before being transferred to Pretoria as Ambassador to South Africa.

On 10 December 2014, President Mugabe finally appointed Mphoko as Vice-President, alongside Emmerson Mnangagwa (who represented the ZANU wing of the party). Mugabe also assigned Mphoko the ministerial portfolio of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation. He was sworn in as Vice-President on 12 December 2014. On 6 July 2015, Mugabe assigned Mphoko responsibility for coordination and implementation of policy.

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