Charamba must resign: Maridadi

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, must resign over the Salarygate scandal ostensibly because he benefited through hefty payouts in the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) benefits saga.

James Maridadi, an MDC MP, made the call during yesterday’s ministers’ question time. Maridadi asked Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa whether government was going to fire Charamba.

“In terms of good corporate governance, we have seen senior government officials including George Charamba receiving a hefty allowances of $100 000 for sitting in Psmas board and we recommend to you that he must resign,” Maridadi said to applause from legislators.

“He was on radio and appeared in newspapers saying that he had wronged by receiving money for doing nothing at Psmas.

“The honourable thing for him is to resign or he can be fired by his principal.”

Chinamasa rejected the call, saying the Psmas issue was still under government probe.

“The story of Psmas is not yet over,” Chinamasa said.

“Investigations continue, and we shall issue a statement on it.”

Charamba is a board member at Psmas and drew over $100 000 in sitting allowances last year alone.

Comments (15)

Indeed the honourable thing for George Charamba is to resign. The problem, however, is that Charamba is not an honourable man. He will therefore not resign.

Teabag Masamba - 6 March 2014

This former radio announcer is now proving to be useless, Charamba is no longer part of the Psmas board, and instead of calling him to resign form his post which has nothing to do with psmas then its pre-empting the case . if he committed an offence he must be prosecuted. This former radio announcer should understand that parliament business is not similar to a kids- talk show on radio.

reason - 6 March 2014

If you steal from an arm of the government, whilst you work for the government what does that mean to a guy on the streets? "reason" please reason!! The rational is if you have a guy looking after my child and he molests him do i keep him because he hasn't done it to my child whom he hasn't molested (either not at all or because i dont know) what is the logic in keeping the guy

Rogers Charamba - 6 March 2014

@teabag Masamba- You have taken this out of many a throat. One Nhandara who was caught at the airport trying to smuggle diamonds out to Dubai was HONORABLE enough to apologise to the president and resign. Why is Charamba being allowed to embarrass the president in this fashion? He is the public face of the president for crying out loud. He should post haste and resign as spokesperson for the President to avoid bringing this very high office into disrepute. He can keep his job as permsec at the Infomation Ministry but he should not continue to tarnish the office of the president. As Chief PR man for the president and cabinet this is the ONLY honorable thing to do..but then the question like Teabag says is: IS HE HONORABLE?

gutter poet - 6 March 2014

you guys you should be crazy you want someone to be honourable by resigning from a lavish lifestyle and live an ordinary life. remember to resigne from zanu job is to be a saleout. its an aplication to become a prisoner. haaende uyo hazviite.

general - 6 March 2014

asi reason wakaja mari naCharamba here. I you telling me that , just because he is no longer part of the PSMAS he should not be arrest or resign. You are the one who is not familiar witth parly business. You seem to be one of the corrupt individuals shut up if you dont have anything to say. We contribute to PSMAS, and we are angry about thses thugs who acccepted on radio to have stolen our money. How can you defend that nonse.

felix - 6 March 2014

Please God just take Mugabe away from this Earth.We have suffered.

Chikata - 6 March 2014

Charamba should be fired pending his arrest. He was sitting on the board as a proxy director to represent the government his employer. He was not appointed to the board on his own merit as an independent professional with breath of experience...Therefore as an employee he was using work time (which he was generously paid for as perm sec & used company car & fuel to get there) to sit on those boards to represent the interest of his employer, any sitting allowances should have been remited to government. To call over 100k a sitting allowance is a misnormer as that outstrips the salary of any civil servant. In addition to the double dipping another crime he committed was he took money for a service he did not provide...he was sitting on numerous sub-comittees to rake in the "allowances"

Lt General - 6 March 2014

If Chatramba does not resign or get fired, we can now know that there is somethiing terribly wrong with our government.

mambo - 6 March 2014

Hanzi PSMAS issue is still under investigation. Are they serious? So they think they can pretend this didn't happen? I guess they intend to wait some months until no one is talking abotu it and then it will die a quiet death. ndiyo nyika yakafirwa naChitepo here iyi?

Omuhle - 6 March 2014

The guy called charamba must be arrested. LAW is LAW. iT MUST BE APPLIED. Its not a debatable issue

deeds - 6 March 2014

USELESS PA MARI YE VAROMBO HERE HATISI KUDYA NOKU TORERWA MARI PLEASE VANE MHOSVA KU JERI NEMA SUPPORTERS AVO. VAURAYA ZANU PF PAMBERI NE SALARY GATE,TAMBAI NAYO MARI YE VAMHU MUCHIDARO,INZAI TSITSI PLS

shereni - 6 March 2014

surely chinamasa, for how long will we probe in this country of ours. from the days of willowvale we have been probing. the worst is that the same people have stealing and the thieving people allowed to probe themselves. why do these mps who ask about these things allow these ministers like chinamasa escape with murder. so bAD.

see - 7 March 2014

IT IS SO SAD THAT WE CAN HAVE PRAYERS LIKE THAT OF CHIKATA ABOVE, BUT PEOPLE OF GOD WE HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT IN THIS COUNTRY. GOD HAVE MERCY ON US. DID WE SIN SO MUCH.

s - 7 March 2014

Dear sir/madam i am a interested person

ANANDA GOPAL GHOSH - 16 March 2014

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