Zanu-PF Women’s League secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka yesterday asked President Mugabe to confirm whether or not he assigned Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba, to warn successionists against abusing the First Family to pursue their own agendas.
Mahoka also challenged Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to distance himself from people she claimed were abusing his name. This came as President Mugabe yesterday said Zanu-PF members should adhere to party procedures when they have grievances.
Mr Charamba, speaking as the Press Secretary to the President two weeks ago, took a swipe at some Zanu-PF cadres who were claiming to be behind the First Family when they harboured their own presidential ambitions.
He said it was a matter of time before the successionists faced their comeuppance.
Speaking at an event organised by the Zanu-PF Women’s League at Zanu-PF Headquarters in Harare, Mahoka attacked The Herald which she claimed was not reporting on developmental issues.
“Toda kuziva kuti baba ndovakatuma munhu iyeye (Charamba) here? Party ina spokesperson anotaurira party, hurumende ina spokesperson,” she charged,
“VaCharamba (George Charamba, Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, perm sec) ngavaregedze kutaura kwavasina kuswera!” Mahoka said.
In the interview, Mr Charamba asserted that he was speaking as the President’s spokesperson.
Mahoka said VP Mnangagwa should speak against those using his name.
VP Mnangagwa, however, maintained his cool and did not respond.
“Vice President, hanzvadzi yangu iyi chikara,” Cde Mahoka said. “Ndinozviziva isu tichinzi chikara. Ndinokumbirawo kuti nyaya yekuti vanhu vatambise tambise zita renyu baba makangonyarara, Mai Mahoka vachiita zvavanoda nezita renyu. Toda kuti baba tikunzwei muchitsiura.
“Regai kuita sedhakisi rakapedza vana richingoti aaah! aaah! aaah! Baba simukai mutaure nekuti vanhu vatinetsa, nokutishungurudza,”
She went on: “Hatipo kurwisa VaMnangagwa, tiri pakurwisa kuti vanhu vaMnangagwa varikutaura ava, ko VaMnangagwa havazvinzwe here nhai veduwe? Toitwa marombe here, tokandwa (mugango) here.
“Vanhu vacho vari pano, vakatomaka ini asi handitye nezita raJesu.”
Some party members at the function said Mahoka’s behaviour showed disrespect of protocol and party procedures.
The ruling Zanu PF party is currently rocked by factional fighting between the G40 faction, understood to be fronting for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, and the Lacoste group, angling for Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Jonathan Moyo, of the G40 faction, traded insults with Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, and with War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa.
Moyo last week tweeted in reference to Charamba: “There is a silly Shakespearean wordsmith who thinks politics is about clever words & who sees himself as the system when he’s a factionalist!”
In retaliation, Charamba said: “These are people who think by sheer proximity they can build messages around the first family. They are fools, get it from me, they are big fools