Jostling for Information ministry begins

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is expected to appoint his next Information minister soon, amid reports of fierce jostling for the influential position, with a number of prominent names being thrown around.

Information ministry permanent secretary George Charamba’s name has been thrown into the fray and is said to be one of the favourites to land the post.

The spin-doctor, Charamba, a British-trained Chevening scholar, has been very close to Mugabe and effectively runs the Munhumutapa Building operations as the technocrat.

Potential candidates include Psychology Maziwisa, the Zanu PF deputy secretary for Information, Information Communication Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa.

Analysts canvassed by the Daily News yesterday said the proposed candidates were not suitable for the post as the president was looking to appoint a moderate not linked to any faction.

A Zanu PF official who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed the president was keen on appointing a candidate who would quell factionalism that is spreading within the party like a veld fire.

Media and democracy scholar Pedzisai Ruhanya said the touted candidates were not sophisticated enough to deal with the portfolio.

“The people on that speculative list do not have an understanding of the relationship between the State and its relations regionally and internationally,” Ruhanya said.

“Secondly, they are not competent on account of balancing factionalism.

“I think Mugabe will look at someone who understands party and State politics. Zanu PF is a big party and he can look for someone there.

“Besides the non-constituency MP is still vacant and he can appoint someone on that basis.”

University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure concurred with Ruhanya, saying that Mugabe should exercise prudence in appointing the new Information minister.

“The ministry of Information is strategic to any government and any regime as it deals with specific strategic tasks,” Masunungure said.

“It seems the president is concerned with deepening factionalism and succession wars and the fact that he appointed an acting minister means he has not yet identified the right person.

“If you look at the acting minister (Prisca Mupfumira), you will find that she has not been identified with any particular faction.

“He wants someone like that and those names mentioned are identified with factionalism and will not meet his expectations.

“For Mugabe, it is time for healing especially for those who survived the purges and remained in the party.

“It is a time to put a stop. It is not the time to dig deeper. He is concerned that the party needs to unite and focus on policy issues.”


Comments (11)

Mai Mupfumira is the best person for that job, infact that lady is the best thing in that cabinet

Papa Pee - 9 July 2015

I have no problem with everyone else except that arrogant little brat called Psychology Maziwisa. If he lands such a post tinenge tapinda tight nemhepo yemunhu iyi.

Samaita - 9 July 2015

saka jonso zvakatovharana nhai

spelile - 9 July 2015

I have a problem with the analysis given by the so called experts (e.g Ruhanya and Masungure). I respect these guys very much, as authorities in their fields. However, there is no evidence to suggest that whatever they have provided as expert opinion in the Zimbabwean situation is anywhere near reality. The problem in my opinion is that their analyses are based on the theory of politics, and studying stable and vibrant democracies or obvious autocracies. Zimbabwe is different, its a combination of many political systems, and the political players are constantly shifting and changing goalposts. For that reason, I believe that we can not really on these analyses. For example, I can contend that the cabinet reshuffle is classic RGM, despite the obvious damage it does to the country, he wants people to be kneeling before him in anticipation of being appointed minister. This has happened over and over, and political analysts never comment on these issues like that.

tino16 - 9 July 2015

Please President Mugabe appoint Morgan Tsvangirai to that post so we can have some fun in zimbabwe kikikiki big fun

Harare - 9 July 2015

This ministry needs people who can manufacture history based on lies because a lie repeated several times becomes the truth.Charamba can be good at tha t if he is the Nathaniel Manheru as suggested in other circles.

juks - 10 July 2015

well said Tino&Juks.Charamba is miles ahead of some of the overzealous contenders & is the personification of RGM&Zanu pf.

ras i eazy gadaga - 10 July 2015

If i were to be asked i would go for Cde Charamba

GWEME RE ZANU - 10 July 2015

Charamba has depth. Bob should consider him.

machakachaka - 10 July 2015

That post needs someone who is tolerant and strong , Mugabe doesn't need to be advised , that old man is too clever , so you think he don't know his people , he has the candidate already but he is studying the situation . Out of all the mentioned names no one is suitable for the post coz all of them are good at lying especially Charamba he has been running that ministry for long , Mazivisa no coz of his other life style . Just wait and see who Mugabe is going to appoint , you will be shocked , by the way Zhuwawo is there , watch the space .

Mudhara - 10 July 2015

KKKKKKKKKKK aaaaaaaaa hats off for you guys!Your political analysis too deep.Deeper than the deepest well world over!Constructive and educative kkkkkkkkkk.I will wait and see what Mugabe is going to take.Surely that old man is clever,clever than his age can permit.

nkululeko - 10 July 2015

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