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Posted by ZimEye on Friday, May 19, 2017

Pesident Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace neither attended the funeral of the wife of the president’s long-serving press secretary George Charamba nor sent a public condolence message to the family, exposing severely frayed relations as Zanu PF factional and succession battles intensify.

Idaishe Olivia Charamba died aged 45 on Sunday after battling liver and kidney problems. She was laid to rest at her rural home in Mutorashanga on Tuesday.

Charamba, who also serves as permanent secretary in the Information ministry, has worked for Mugabe for 30 years. The president was expected to either attend the burial or at least pay his condolences at Charamba’s home in Harare.

Government officials believe the no-show could be attributed to the fallout between Grace and Charamba. Grace is leading the G40 faction, while Charamba is associated with the Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led faction.

Some of the most prominent government officials who attended the funeral include Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Constantino Chiwenga, Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda, Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe, Deputy Information minister Thokozile Mathuthu and Foreign Affairs secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha.

Mnangagwa spent the better part of Sunday evening (the day Idaishe died) at the Charambas’ home in Alexandra Park, along with other ministers. Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko also went to pay his condolences.

Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who are linked to the G40 faction, reportedly made “cameo” appearances at the family home.

Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo apparently represented government — not Mugabe’s family — at the funeral.

A fallout between Grace and Charamba was exposed last year at a Women’s League rally when former Zanu PF Women’s League secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka, who used to be a Grace’s close ally, denigrated Charamba when she challenged the president to state if he had authorised his spokesperson to grant ZiFM a radio interview.

In the interview, Charamba attacked the G40 faction whom he accused of being succesionists. He warned that they should start worrying about their careers, in a statement believed to have been directed at Moyo.

Charamba accused G40 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.

An article Charamba wrote for the state-controlled Herald newspaper in 2011 explains his close relationship with Mugabe and how the two have worked together since 1988.

“… I have had the privilege of working with President Mugabe since 1988, more intensively since 1990 as head of his small Press Unit, then Deputy Principal Private Secretary before going back to the Press Department, this time as its director,” wrote Charamba. “I grew in that seat until I doubled up as a Permanent Secretary and his spokesman, a duality that has since discomfited the Prime Minister and his party. All this means I have worked with the president for slightly over two decades, clearly his longest-serving press secretary to date, possibly ever.” – Zimbabwe Independent

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  • Vangodza

    Mkadzi unemoyo waka -oma/-shata sure. take take nemuguva eer. Takazviona kuManzou

  • nomazulu thata

    I am deeply sorry about the loss of life of Mrs. Charamba. If i had a chance i will personally extend my condolences to George Charamba in as much as i did to Jonathan moyo when he lost his daughter. In such sadness the last thing a human being should do is to square cheap political scores. If Charamba speaks scornfully about the Gugurahundi atrocities, i will be able to show him my deepest sympathy at this time in his life when he really lost is better self his wife. He is emotionally at is lowest self. Such occasions turn the most hardest hearts soft and they reckon and remember that we are all fallible.

  • Idi Amin Rorbeto Mugabage

    To hell with Charamba, not his dead wife… No sympathy for this imbecile

  • Charamba nafugu sq. sq. mahure

    Mugabe is controlled by fugu. He is too old to think for himself. There is no dignity in not attending Charamba’s wife’s funeral. Imagine how many will snub Mugabe’s death. We shan’t even talk about fugu. Even dogs will not eat her body . She said this about another human being not intelligent enough to realise that she is the one who will be shunned by even nhunzi chaidzo.

  • NINJA74