‘I will not continue after President Mugabe’ – Charamba | The Herald

via ‘I will not continue after President Mugabe’ – Charamba | The Herald January 27, 2014 by Tendai Mugabe

Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba says he will not continue in the civil service after President Mugabe retires. In an interview with The Herald last week, Mr Charamba — who is also the Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services — said his fate was tied to the incumbent.

“My real wish is not to be a day longer in Government after the President’s retirement because whoever comes must be able to select their own team,” he said.

Mr Charamba said he wanted to relinquish one of the official posts he holds during the inclusive Government but President Mugabe wanted him to hold the two briefs.

“When we had the GNU and Minister (Webster) Shamu had been appointed new Minster of Information, I actually authored a memo to the President proposing that in the context of the GNU and its strange politics, would it not have been wiser for us to go back to the old system where the President would have his own Press Unit distinct from the Ministry of Information, and my reasons were very political.

“The President said no, you have to keep both and you are old enough to manage both portfolios — which I did — but the MDC leadership was not happy with that kind of arrangement,” said Mr Charamba.

He said holding the two positions was essential in disabling the challenges posed by the inclusive Government.
“For me it was a very versatile arrangement because I could shoot as Secretary of Information on matters to do with the structures of Government but still escape the limitations of being Secretary of Information by taking another identity as spokesperson of the President.

“So it gives me some very malleable room. I can assure you that the MDC admits that the two roles were used to devastating effect.”
Mr Charamba said the current Government must author a new, efficient and result-oriented system to turn around the country’s economic fortunes.



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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    Nothing that comes out of your mouth is credible . A faithful servant , only death will do us apart.

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    obert 8 years ago

    Although it was stupid for Charamba to say this, especiaally in zanupf, at least he has indicated that him and his useless boss will one day retire.Retirement comes thru expiry of term or death, both are inevitable for mugabe.Thanks charamba for raising some hope for the nation.Iam rather worried with charamba’s new found energy.Mayb he thinks that somehow his boss will leave him in charge…hahaha

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    Thou shall follow me to the grave for i still need you to anwer questions for me before the almighty Charamba my servant.

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    Doris 8 years ago

    Oh good. Is that a threat or a promise?

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    Charles Chamunorwa 8 years ago

    You are good for nothing Charamba

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    Jogo Bonita 8 years ago

    As if both of u will be missed.

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    furedi 8 years ago

    Hopefully that is one less at the feeding trough.I think he has already filled his foreign bank account.

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    Khaya'bonina 8 years ago

    Good, tell your friends as well that they must follow your path , they will never have a space , i wish it should be today , we really don’t hate you big guys , but we are very thirst for a change , check , all old faces since 1980s , urgly ,are they crying or dead alive ?

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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    Gukurahundi Charamba is understood to be infected with INGCULAZA – so why should he continue. He will be dead by then!!