Charamba, Moyo clash over G40

WITH AUDIO: President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba yesterday claimed the veteran Zanu PF leader will soon act on a faction of the party known as Generation 40 (G40), before launching into an explosive diatribe subtly directed at Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo.


Moyo is believed to be the brains behind the ambitious G40 grouping opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

In an unrestrained attack, Charamba said the G40 faction should start worrying about their careers,

accusing them of undermining Mugabe and pushing the succession narrative within the governing party.

“What they have to worry about are their own careers, not me,” Charamba said in a radio interview with ZiFM and SFM at State House in Harare on Wednesday.

“The President is not a character who rushes. He will allow you a very long rope, you go about enjoying meaningless headlines and thinking you are on top of the world, it will take just one afternoon.

“So watch it, there are many sinister minds that speak in the name of the President, who are in fact ‘successionists’ and it won’t be long before the headlines give you the story.”

Charamba repeated claims made by State media columnist Nathaniel Manheru – who in fact is widely reported to be himself – that the G40 was working with axed former Vice-President Joice Mujuru to topple Mugabe.

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“Some have been meeting with the People First (PF), they are still in Zanu PF, but it won’t be long. That’s where that prophet or prophetess called Manheru becomes very useful,” he said.

Charamba, who is believed to have thrown his lot behind Mnangagwa, described the G40 members as “little men with absolutely no iota of history behind them thinking they can one day emerge as leaders of this country”.

“With their little minds and [they] think baldness is age, it isn’t,” he said.

“There is one tragedy of those little fellas, and I call them little fellas, they confuse media skills with social skills. They think they can scale up the political ladder by tweeting without knowing they are tweeting themselves to eternity.”

Without mentioning names, Charamba, who is also Information, Media and Broadcasting Services ministry secretary, ominously warned the G40 members would come unstuck.

“(They think) when you manipulate one or two headlines you have a social base for launching your stupid ambition,” the presidential spokesperson said.

“They will come to grief, they will come to grief, get it from me and I am not speaking as a permanent secretary. I am speaking as President Mugabe’s Press Secretary.”

He did not hide his displeasure at the G40 members, whom he accused of discussing Mugabe’s tenure yet they were his juniors.
“Does that make sense to you? And this is exactly what makes me angry and when I point that out, they give you a faction,” Charamba thundered.

“Something must give in now. We can’t have this. I have to fend off bad Press from within Zanu PF, not even MDC, but from within Zanu PF … 24/7 mulling about how to handle bad Press from my own party members.”

The livid Charamba accused the G40 members of leaking confidential politburo minutes “in their poor English which I know”.

Charamba derisively referred to the G40 – which is reportedly sympathetic to First Lady Grace Mugabe and comprises of Moyo, Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao, among others – as “God’s deputies”.

In statements full of innuendos, Charamba said the unnamed people were “fools, big fools” for thinking they could manipulate their proximity to the First Family to influence the succession issue.

Charamba also hinted there were people who were not too pleased he was working with Mnangagwa.

“The President is the appointing authority. He has given us two VPs. Who is the guilty party? The one who asks a little civil servant why he is working with this or that VP? Or the one who comes forth and says, ‘hey little civil servant, don’t like this VP, like this one’? Is he not substituting the President as the appointing authority?” Charamba queried.

“In the first place, who says Mugabe won’t be there in 2018? And here are these God’s deputies who know when Mugabe will die, who can tell who should not be VPs and who should be, who can tell who must succeed Mugabe when they kill him off and, meanwhile, we must accept that they are not ambitious themselves.”

Charamba once again denied he was Manheru.

However, he seemed infuriated after Moyo last week tweeted that Charamba was in fact Manheru, something the Higher Education minister first disclosed 10 years ago.

“I can assure you, there is no Nobel Prize for guessing who Manheru is and tell those stupid politicians that there is no trophy for guessing who Manheru is, tell them,” Charamba said.

But as if directly responding to Charamba’s tongue-lashing, Moyo yesterday took to the micro-blogging platform Twitter, saying: “There’s a silly Shakespearean wordsmith who thinks politics is about clever words and who sees himself as the system when he’s a factionalist.”

Moyo ranted: “George Charamba’s media voices are no longer of a civil servant, but of a politician in aid of a desperate faction. That’s unacceptable. Some of us with hard lessons on the 2004 tragedy of factions resisted the Mujuru faction not for the other faction, but for President Mugabe.

“Zanu PF had two factions. Mujuru’s faction was expelled in 2014 and now exists in the media as PF. Thus, only one faction remains the problem.”

Repeated efforts to get Moyo to clarify his utterances last night were fruitless as his mobile phone rang unanswered, while Charamba was also not reachable.

Political analyst Takura Zhangazha said the verbal showdown between Moyo and Charamba confirmed fears that Zanu PF factionalism had derailed most government projects.

“It is a battle to demonstrate political power and will remain in the books for a long time whether a permanent secretary who doubles as spokesperson of the President is powerful than a minister.

“It is more personal than political and is a clash of egos. Therefore, it is a fight that will be more in the media than reality. So, it is entirely up to Mugabe to act. Charamba is obviously not issuing such statements without political support.
If he (Mugabe) coincidentally makes a decision or doesn’t, it will show who has the influence.”

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  1. Thanks for the read, keep writing.

  2. Charamba knows the ins and outs of the system. He knows what Mugabe meant when he said that the people will choose their leader. Has anyone ever wondered why allegations raised against Gamatox never stuck and no real action was ever taken or is to be taken for that matter??? It is because Mugabe has already dealt with the succession issue and it is in a way that not everyone was expecting and here is how. Mugabe saw that out-rightly naming a successor or propping up one candidate over the other will create serious tensions. The only way was for a subtle split of the party. This he did by casting out one candidate. Intelligence at hand then showed that Mujuru was the people’s favorite. She had grass root support and therefore the most suitable for erecting a party off-shoot that will mop up support even in opposition strongholds. Her mandate is clear and is not that difficult to comprehend. Mnangagwa’s mandate however is difficult (going against your own). He is meant to recreate the party’s image both locally and internationally. That’s why you have seen the likes of Chinamasa in full throthle to engage the west. The corruption drive has been escalated and soon there are going to be high profile arrests which are going to catch most off-guard. The restructuring of the SPB, is one of such initiatives (and this is where most corrupt activities are rife. This is where state coffers are milked dry without actual delivery).
    Tensions described above in this article are just smoke screening for most not see. The strategy is meant to pacify the masses till 2018. Come 2018 ZANU is going to attack you on two fronts, ZANU + (PF+2). A tie will be announced and another GNU will be in the offing…hows that for politics…

  3. Therefore this is confirmation that Zanu PF is split between factions. It is only a matter of time before the factions engage in the physical fight while PF gathers momentum. Kona sizabona. It’s dog eat dog.

  4. Jamengweni Godonga

    Hetshwa, tshana nyamazana yami? Khona sizake sibone. At least my personal fears are now confirmed. Do all you want to do bantu but please do not cause chaos. We just want to work for this once lovely country. If you need axes to cut each other up, try the nearest Halsteds, they have good strong ones. Kkkkkkkkkkk

  5. Chabuda hapana kungoswero wawata zvisina basa. Useless zanu too greedy tet pple are suffering…i blame us shona pple . How can we fail to maintain wat smith left kkkk surrend.

  6. Guys you have no kind words for this lot! hahahaha

  7. Charamba is the little man who will come unstuck.

  8. Moyo’s revelations are startling and also reveals strategic flaws of the anti-Mujuru faction. The triumph of ejecting Joice and her followers from the train did not result in the installation of the anti-Mujuru faction, rather it was EDM faction which benefited, if we take that Moyo was not then part of EDM faction. The truth of the matter is that Moyo and company made a great blunder in politics, wherein they worked very hard to achieve one thing and forgetting the resultant effect of their actions. Thus when they led a movement of #Joice Must Fall, they did not anticipate that the position of VP was supposed to be filled. They only realized later that the replacement was not actually what they had hoped for or thought of. The other narrative is that they felt they had not been well rewarded for their efforts, hence turning against their former godfather. Either way they miscalculated, at least in the post Mujuru era. What is the way forward? There is great need to tread carefully if one has to at least survive the turmoil let alone to emerge victorious. The pendulum is swinging furiously from one end to another. The possibilities have not changed much: 1) Burying the hatchet 2) Going for the kill (As Manheru/ Charamba seem to suggest here 3) Status quo remains, while the economy is burning. The populace is either too timid to intervene or that the state machinery is just too intimidating for any third force outside ZANU PF. We all shall see!!

    1. The even more likely narrative is that they intended to get rid of JM first and ED second. But perhaps they have been outflanked by ED and now find themselves unable to proceed as planned..

    2. Couldn’t agree with you more

  9. Hon. President Cde Stop it! (Dr).

    Its politics and its a dirty game. These politians are doing everything to divert povo’s attention from the problems affecting Zimbabwe. If its real that there is a rift then Cde Stop it will teach Charamba boy a lesson.

  10. That’s interesting to see Charamba is now accepting officially that Zanu PF is split and really in a mess. Once again Charamba reveals that he is Zanu PF, confirming kuti lots of civil servants are Zanu PF members hence the rot and laxity in GoZ departments.

    Anyway, the fights in Zanu are good for watchers and strategists. Zanu PF cant continue to be run by one person, putting fear into its members and populace in general. Zanu PF leaders made a mistake kare by allowing one person to be its leader for life hence the issue yesuccession can not be discussed till Mugabe is dead. Lack of freedom in party and country puts fear as we can’t discuss and even criticised Mugabe & Zanu PF pachena. This is now coming out within the fights dzana Moyo naCharamba.
    Keep Fighting guyz!! Gore Rino Tichanzwira Zvakawanda!! Cry the Beloved Zimboz!

    1. Gudo rakwira Mawere Kongonya

      Interestingly enough I could not help but notice his public acknowledgement of being Zanu-pf, this after the generals are going to zanu-pf conferences dressed in suits and not party regalia, I’ve always sensed he has political ambitions, but this is really stupid to reveal his allegiances like so.

      Now its either he is very right in his predictions of who has the upper hand otherwise akuvara, because the president cannot have someone who cannot be PC to the media like so, I have never had the president himself pick a side, even his wife’s, so its interesting he would let his spokesperson do so.

  11. Chabvondoka……. Chasara………….. Kuputika!!!!!!

  12. maybe when Jona said civil servants are lazy drunkards who did not deserve bonuses, Charamba was hurt.

  13. Jona might know charamba’s drinking habits and that he leaves the jacket in the office, might have reprimanded him when Jona was his boss.

  14. Does Charamba know thjat it is unethical to publicise your political affiliation being a civil servant.- gara muZanu PF apana ethics. So that is why the civil service has failed to be in professional service since independence – it is because they employ Zanu PF oriented people – totally indoctrinated, biased and nepotistic. We have no government – we have cronies coniving to ruile forever and they mess and not get fired because they are party members.

  15. Zimbabweans must be clever this year not to used by people with their agenda trust God not people they will mislead you be wise as a serpent and humble as doves,as what the bible says.dont be used with people with their political agenda.

  16. I think he confirmed that he is Manheru.What more do you want.

  17. Mugabe himself is the cause of factionalism. How so??? By failing to step down. Simple. If you stifle other ppls ambitions they’ll find ways of forging ahead. How so??? By following the path of least resistance.

  18. the heat has suddenly shifted to zanu pf


    what do you do if your two enemies are fighting???????? ini ndinotora gidi ndokandira pakati pemandu mbiri idzi kuti chero yatanga kuurawa it works to my advantage ndozopedzisa yasara yacho. to all peace loving zimbos ndinoti yava nguva yedu now. ngatidzimei moto wemhandu dzedu idzi nepturu!!!!!!!

  20. Gore rino makubukasva, masvanhikongonya, matengumtinyanguwodzouswa. Kuchanakidza chete kunyika yaMunhumutapa

  21. at least for the first time its neither from MDC – T nor the so called sanctions kkkkk

    1. what Troy replied I’m blown away that a person able to earn $6908 in 4 weeks on the internet .

  22. umwe akazozvika pakuti ndofunga Mwari vakandikanganwa. Ndava ipapo unenge usisina kana 1 wezera rako achiri mupenyu. Uye ukada kuti utaure nyaya dzako unotaura zvinhu zvaka expire. Zvisisina achabatsirwa nazvo….. Unozokumbira kufa Mwari voti rarama udye nyika rutivi. Handiti ndoo zvawaida

  23. These lil niggard r making careers out of politics @ our expense. They should get lives. Flip both of them

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