Charamba contradicts First Family

HARARE - While President Robert Mugabe and wife Grace have admitted that Zanu PF is rocked by factionalism, his spokesperson George Charamba is singing his own bizarre tune contradicting the 91-year-old strongman’s views on the state of the ruling party.

In an interview with the State media at the weekend, Charamba suggested that like in every political party, the only issue emanating from the corridors of the former liberation struggle are a clash of personalities and contestation of posts rather than factionalism.

Curiously, his statements come only a few days after the First Lady Grace Mugabe savaged Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies during her visit to Manicaland on Thursday, threatening to have them banished from the post-congress Zanu PF for allegedly fanning factionalism.

“There are no factions in Zanu PF post December,” Charamba said in the interview with a State weekly.

“There are only personality clashes, there are perception differences, there are abrasive ambitions for posts. There is a difference. If you are competing abrasively to hold a post in Zanu PF, under President Robert Mugabe you therefore cannot pass for a faction because you are expressing an ambition to occupy a post so that from within it, you can serve Zanu PF and President Mugabe better.”

Zanu PF was last year forced to admit that there is factionalism in the ruling party and purged a faction that was led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

The Mujuru faction then was locked in a battle for supremacy against the Mnangagwa camp, which is now on the ropes and stands accused of being worse than the deposed Vice President.

Unsurprisingly, the post-December congress Zanu PF has also met similar seizures with Grace said to be at the heart of the anarchy that is disembowelling the party.

However, Charamba yesterday came to the defence of the 50-year-old party, saying she had no need to fight for power as she was already the centre of power in Zanu PF by virtue of being the president’s wife.

“This is the wish. It is not reality. That’s why you discover that the alleged factions have moved from the echelons of the vice president up to the echelons of the First Family....You already have the power; you already have the post by virtue of being the wife of the president. You are in the crown, you are the crown. Then you organise against it. Does that make sense to you?” the information secretary said.

In an attempt to give an academic analysis of the wars bedevilling the former liberation struggle movement, Charamba blamed the private media for fanning factionalism.

“The private press is trying to force the succession discussion and there is no better way than to create a sense of guilt. They must the find the accused. And Mnangangwa becomes the accused. Mphoko becomes the accused. The wife of the president becomes the accused and all of them are allegedly focusing beyond the president,” Charamba said.

As much as he tried to deny factionalism, Charamba went further to threaten the private press, as his boss, Mugabe did at the opening of third session of the 8th Parliament luncheon.

“There is no constitution that priviledges political players and if you are in the media and you choose to leave the media desk to become an extension of the publicity department of a political party we treat you as a politician. And please, don’t cry wolf. Don’t feel unfairly treated when the hammer descends on you because wada mabrickbats yet you are staying in a glass house,” charged Charamba.

But Mugabe has admitted that factions are festering in Zanu PF.

Upon his arrival from the United States of America two weeks ago, Mugabe said there were individuals who were coaxing support from intelligence officers in order to climb the political ladder. “We want to thank the police and Central Intelligence officers for the work they are doing in ensuring peace in the country ... (as) we will always have weevils in our midst.

“Many people come to you saying you must back so and so for this or that post. Why must you back that person? Zanu PF has laws and we support the party and the leadership that you chose, not individuals who want to impose themselves on you and causing confusion in the party,” Mugabe said.

Meanwhile, Grace has threatened to blow the whistle on party officials who lead factions.

“Factionalism yakuda kudzoka but tinoti pasi nayo (factionalism is back in Zanu PF and we say to hell with it). Do not lie to us about what you are capable of. We know you all and what you are capable of. Just ask yourself why God continues giving a 91-year-old (Mugabe) the strength to lead the country.

“Acting as president ... does not mean one is an heir apparent. This is what destroyed Mai Mujuru.

“Do not be caught offside. Tamba nevamwe zvakanaka (interact well with each other),” she thundered at her Manicaland rally last Thursday.

Comments (6)

only the ascendancy of Ngwena to power can lead to order and eradication of anarchy. if the G40 for example took power then it will be Tyson vs Moyo soon. then if you look outside ZPF, MDC-T there is already an indication of Morgan vs Chamisa vs Mudzuri etc.

Watcher - 12 October 2015

Well not even a single time have i heard this so called Charamba talking sense . He seems tired and does not know what exactly is his job to him lying is now his full job duty . Mugabe 's wife said it point blank that zanu was riddled with too much factionalism . But the guy never saw that on zbctv bcoz like any other zimbabwean he can not watch any news from that rubbish tv station instead he was busy viewing better foreign tv channels and he missed seeing Grace warning a few remaining zanu idiots to stop the escalating factionalism in zanu .He really does not know what is happening in zanu and he is busy getting salary mahala..

Diibulaanyika - 12 October 2015

Grace you can blow the whistle all you want but you are living on borrowed time and power. Very soon that wagging tail will be in-between your legs. No-one is scared of you, these so called comrades are scared only of mugabe, a 91 year old hahaha, very soon you will be back to reality from the slumber you're in.

misty - 12 October 2015

@misty agreed! Grace will fall big time and when that time comes daily news must create more space in their news room servers and have a journo based full time at mazowe facility because this woman can talk.....

X-MAN IV - 12 October 2015

What is a civil servant paid for by tax payers doing commenting on party partisan issues? This George fellow needs a haircut, over-extending his mandate. Simon Khaya-Moyo is the spokesman for zanu isn't he?

Galore 123 - 13 October 2015

Actually replacing Mugabe with Mnangangwa or Big head Grace would ensure the survival of the look east policy of which is useless. What we need most in this zimbabwe of ours is a leader with vibrant ideas of resuscitating the economy. We need the economy not politics,politics,politics wars. In my thinking, its high time for change, we are tired of being conservative while we are roasting in abject poverty daily . The people first will do ,we need to look west as well for the sake of lives .Frank enough the look east did a little for the majority bt for the politicians it did great. Hanzii heee lobengula akatengesa nyika, hamusi kuona here kuti nyika yakatengesa kumachina what are they doing those round faced people in this country,''only extracting'' and were does the money go,''to their personal accounts in China''. Who ever saw a chinese banking money in zim. We are tired we need to change,some may feel that change is a journey into the unknown bt it really works . Where is democracy in Zimbabwe ,surely it is a masturbated word . Someone must think think.

willo - 22 October 2015

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