Charamba, what are you up to?

HARARE - George Charamba, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Information who doubles up as President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson has recently gone berserk attacking the country’s private media, particularly the Daily News for writing what he calls negative stories against his godfather —  Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

We do understand that at times the effects of pressure on a man can be devastating and on Charamba it seems he is close to disintegrating having failed to defend Mnangagwa as he faces stiff resistance in his desperate quest to succeed Mugabe. And surely that is not the fault of the Daily News.

Charamba’s shameless attack on the private media started when Mnangagwa commenced pushing hard to be the front runner in replacing Mugabe especially last year when a group of Zanu PF young turks going by the moniker, Generation 40 (G40) started drilling holes in the Vice President’s push to attain power.

We have no problems in Charamba helping his master to ascend to power but we will question him when he abdicates from being Mugabe’s spokesperson to protect his interests in the succession fight.

Charamba has never shown agility and zeal in defending Mugabe but has gone full throttle to spruce up Mnangagwa’s image against the dictates of his two jobs.

Charamba cannot blame the Daily News for any misfortunes that might befall Mnangagwa in the factional fights and its not the job of journalists to hide the truth of exactly what is happening.

In the true spirit of telling it like it is and without fear or favour, the Daily News will not be intimidated by Charamba or any other charlatans who think like him.

We hold no brief for anyone, and we will continue to expose the factional shenanigans happening in Zanu PF whether Mnangagwa is involved or not.

If Charamba feels his bread is better buttered at Mnangagwa’s faction, then he should quit as a civil servant and move on to the Vice President’s strategic team.

Yes, we understand Charamba is under pressure from his master to clean his image but he cannot do it by threatening journalists. And when Mnangagwa makes his now regular gaffes, surely Charamba cannot blame the Daily News. Instead, Charamba must concentrate on polishing up his master, who each time he opens his mouth in interviews like the disastrous one with New African Magazine, says things which backfire.

And when Mnangagwa conducted that interview, the Daily News was not there. And why is Charamba mourning more than the bereaved? What is there for him to benefit in the Zanu PF succession wars, why has he abandoned Mugabe to serve Mnangagwa? Is it that he knows something we don’t But as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, the truth shall come out sooner rather than later.

And as the Daily News, we shall not stand by and be silenced by the likes of Charamba. We will expose all midnight tactics being employed to succeed Mugabe.

Comments (10)

I am surprised by the way the Daily News is attacking Charamba for fighting in Munangagwa"s corner when the paper itself is very guilty of the same. The Daily News has now shamelessly become the defender and promoter of Joyce Mujuru and her People First Project. Should we not then conclude that G40 and the Mujuru Project are one and the same? Surely Munangagwa is as bad as any other ZANU Person including those kicked out recently like Mutasa, Gumbo etc. who spearheaded the killing of innocent Zimbabweans during the 2008 run off. Mr. Editor, please be object in your reporting otherwise you condemning yo0ur newspaper to the gutter press.

Garry Gwande - 18 January 2016

Even though I am not pro any of the key players in the ruling party I have to admit that your reporting sometimes tends to be biased and unprofessional giving many the impression that you are trying your utmost to fuel the already hot political atmosphere and create divisions. This, in my opinion, is unprofessional and such poor standard of reporting undermines the credibility and reputation of this media outlet. Our country is faced with enormous problems let us all try and be responsible and not stir the pot.

Hunghubwe - 19 January 2016

Pane achaverenga here this G40 column , just saw the headline and knew what was coming just repeation of old story mnangagwa blah blah

Haiwa - 19 January 2016

I think I may have to quit reading the Daily News, particularly looking at their insipid reporting on the G40 vs Team LaCoste fighting. The paper seems to stoke the flames while purportedly saying it like it is. At the same time, it is promoting People First, about whom we only have Rugare Gumbo speaking, and never the so -called leader, Mai Mujuru. I have a hunk the Daily News has been infiltrated by and is now a ZANU PF Project.

Duzvihey - 20 January 2016

Me thinks the haters and detractors of the Daily News try too hard to discredit and slow down the paper. Perhaps they could be encouraged to read other newspapers sch as Herald or watch ZBC everyday if that is what they prefer. I for one love the Daily News which is always wth the people.

Mercy - 21 January 2016

The paper I like its owned by mnangagwas enermy.in the absence of mugabe ,mnangagwa becomes charambas boss.is that too hard to understand?in other words charamba beomesmnanggwa secretary,simple.or mphokos,if he Is acting president.if yu the press cant understand this simple fact then yu need to be taught,hard lesns.yu bring it on to yoselves.

viola gwena - 21 January 2016

The paper I like its owned by mnangagwas enermy.in the absence of mugabe ,mnangagwa becomes charambas boss.is that too hard to understand?in other words charamba beomesmnanggwa secretary,simple.or mphokos,if he Is acting president.if yu the press cant understand this simple fact then yu need to be taught,hard lesns.yu bring it on to yoselves.

viola gwena - 21 January 2016

The paper I like its owned by mnangagwas enermy.in the absence of mugabe ,mnangagwa becomes charambas boss.is that too hard to understand?in other words charamba beomesmnanggwa secretary,simple.or mphokos,if he Is acting president.if yu the press cant understand this simple fact then yu need to be taught,hard lesns.yu bring it on to yoselves.

viola gwena - 21 January 2016

Charamba is 100% correct. Nothing can be further from the truth. Let me add some bit of what he left obviously mindful of his position in government. It is a fact but of course, away from the public discourse, that Saviour Kasukuwere runs a project fronted by his girl friend Ace Lumumba that pays journalists at Daily News. We can even give you the hotel room number which act as the command centre at one of the plush hotels in Harare. So what rubbish is the editor broaching about? The paper wants to hide behind its own finger but the truth shall infact come against you. Why does the paper not take straight forward advice not to stir the pot further by way of reporting responsibly in the name of national interest. Of Charamba has the duty to whip you journalists into line. Never mind about the sacred journalistic law of non disclosure of sources. When push comes to shove that so called immunity would be made to disappear. And you know it. Daily News jornos have relegated themselves into a bogus lot who have thrown journalistic professionalism to the dogs. Thanks to the failure by owners to pay you timeously. Ever heard about khakhi envelop journalism? The paper's journalists have fashioned this illicit practice.

Sadza Mushumha - 21 January 2016

Sadza yu damn right.these guter journalist needs shamhu,mupichisi.And its not only charamba who is naturally angry wth yu ,its the public too.read the comments also n dont expect only yo nonsense to be read.Charamba defends his boss ,simple.Both VPs are Charamba s responsibilities.Maybe yu wish him to defect to mdc or pf?maybe.but sorry ,not Charamba.Try Moyo,he may like yo style.

viola gwena - 22 January 2016

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