Charamba pushes for VP to take over

HARARE - A campaign to prop up Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace  President Robert Mugabe started way back in 2014 and under-fire permanent secretary in the Information ministry George Charamba brought the subject into the public domain in June last year.

Charamba, who is accused by the Generation 40 faction and former Zanu PF leading lights such as Didymus Mutasa of leaning towards  Mnangagwa in the brutal succession wars has of late been accusing some senior ruling party officials of being “successionists”.

Ironically, the name was coined by minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Jonathan Moyo who is associated closely with the G40 faction.

Moyo branded people raising the succession issue as “successionists” and this has not gone down well with Charamba and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa.

Charamba, who is reportedly the face behind the Herald columnist Nathaniel  Manheru, first raised the succession issue last year in his column.

On June 6 last year,  Charamba, who bizarrely  declared that Mugabe was in the twilight of his long political career said he would lead the succession debate.

“In the twilight of President Mugabe’s leadership, we badly need a frank debate on leadership. I am ready to lead the charge right away, from as early as next week. Or else I quit.”

Insiders say Charamba was no doubt attempting to market his “godfather” Mnangagwa, who some accuse of harbouring presidential ambitions and also creating another centre of power contrary to the party’s 2014 congress resolutions to vest all powers in Mugabe.

Moyo said Manheru’s instalment exposed “Charamba’s lie that he & his lot support Pres Mugabe’s 2018 candidacy.”

A week later on June 13, Charamba fired salvos at the media that picked on the matter but went on to write that his boss was open to the succession debate which has ironically, become a taboo as various factions throw mud at each other and accuse each one of another of being a “successionist”.

“For a fact, President Mugabe has not gagged us from discussing leadership or succession, from discussing the life of this nation after him,” Charamba wrote then before the subject fizzled away.

And as the bloodletting fights in Zanu PF enter the homestretch, with this week’s politburo meeting set to be explosive as rivals who have been slugging it out for some time come face to face,  Moyo yesterday claimed on twitter that Charamba, who is also Mugabe’s spokesperson is “holding a pen & a microphone to channel the agenda of his powerful handlers. A messenger!”

But Charamba has said that Mugabe will act on ministers who are abusing the State media and belittling his  boss’ appointments something that the glib-tongued Moyo said can only be believed by idiots.

“Worship Charamba for all you want. It’s idiotic for you to believe Pres Mugabe speaks to his Ministers thru Charamba.

“There’s overwhelming & very serious evidence that Charamba & @HeraldZimbabwe have gone rogue against the President. Handei tione!”

Of late the State media has turned its guns on Moyo, something that the former Information minister exposes Charamba, a former subordinate of his.

Comments (18)

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dick mboko - 8 February 2016

What offence has Charamba committed? Is it a crime for him to express his preference to succeed His Excellency? The G40 Crew has lost the plot because they want to annihilate the War Veterans who brought about the independence we are all enjoying.

Chief Charumbira - 8 February 2016

Yes Chief Charumbira. Uncle George is damn right. In fact, he is free to speak his mind. We support his facts instead of day dreaming like the G 40 cabals. They should forget and now that they are in double trouble....G 40 will never fulfil their dreams....instead Ngwena has been quite for a long time without any word. Its wise people who are choosing him not himself. Garwe is here to stay. Mvura irikunaya bedzi tichaona.....Handei bedzi...Icho

Clemence Tashaya - 8 February 2016

not good for our economy.lets work towards reviving our ailing economy.hazviunze food on our table izvi.

joseph parirenyatwa - 8 February 2016

Mugabe said it openly that no one should oppose his wife. G40 will die upon Mugabe's demise. Mugabe is behind his wife, linked to G40. A meeting was postponed because she was not present shows how this power play is raging. Dragging Charamba out of his comfort closet, was a good move. All the pillars of the zanu pf must shake..

X-MAN IV - 8 February 2016

ndri kuona macomments ewanhu wezanu apa! welcome guys. ndoo news dzatairelisha on all along imi mukapira njwayaya dzeHerald. Zvichitangawo naiwo mabhigiwigi anoleakersa news kuDaily News. itapitapi this time.

SaManyika Chaiye - 8 February 2016

kkkkkk yipi lo 2m jobs ?lies lies and lies Charamba Moyo all must go and their zanu they have no reason to in govt . EVER SINCE THEY RIGGED ELECTIONS they has never been peace in this satanic party kkkkkk .If they won the elections resoundly as they always say they could be busy trying to fix our economy not stabbing each other at the back . The end of this evil political organisation with us praise God .

Diibulaanyika - 8 February 2016

The chickens are coming home to roost. If you are a Deputy Head of a school it cant be a crime to yearn to become a substantive head at one point ahead of mere temporary teachers. What ED's crime? He hasn't uttered a word, has been as cool as a cucumber but pple are busy throwing brick bats at him. we are supposed to be ademocracy and if he chooses to stand for high office so be it.

Chief Mushayanyama - 8 February 2016

From just reading the comments, one from Mars could be forgiven for thinking that the two presidential aspirants were Jonathan Moyo and Ngwena; no mention whatsoever of the other VP Mphoko.

Biggie Taapatsi - 8 February 2016

Mboko is enjoying hotel stay. Thats all he aspired to get. He is fine. Leave him top chow money at the old Sheraton.

Moreboys - 9 February 2016

For someone who is the President's Spokesperson this is betrayal. such cases warrant death.

Intelligence - 9 February 2016

The country is full of bootlickers

Buffalo - 9 February 2016

This successionist debate is becoming boring why put the cart before the horse. God willing the old man can still win elections and rule for another 20 years. Why are people in haste and it is like they hurriedly want him to die which is very unAfrica

Zex Manheru - 9 February 2016

PLEASE GUYS ITS TIME TO OPEN UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK FORWARD. ALL THESE ZANU PF STORIES ARE ALL FAKE AND TRICKS. THE INTELLIGENCE IS CONFUSE YOU PEOPLE AND MAKE YOU FOCUS ON THEIR TRICKS EVENTS AND MAKE YOU NOT FOCUS ON OTHER PARTIES ESPECIALLY MDC-T WHICH THEY FEAR MOST BECAUSE IT CAN PUT THEM OUT OF POWER. SO BE WARNED AND BEWARE.

CIA - 9 February 2016

A question out of interest guys - what does our constitution say in the event that the president dies or becomes incapacitated?

Titus - 9 February 2016

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