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Mnangagwa warns Chamisa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s silence in the face of accusations by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa that he rigged the July 30 elections is not a sign of weakness, his spokesman has said.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba told The Standard in an exclusive interview that there was a false narrative that the Zanu PF leader’s legitimacy depended on Chamisa’s endorsement.

“We hope that maturity will visit him [Chamisa] some day and he realises that winners do not win on the goodwill of losers,” he said.

“So, the silence of Mnangagwa is not a weakness. He is a man of steel and wool, depending on which side you tickle him.”

“This narrative that the legitimacy of the president is made through acceptance of defeat by the opposition leader is a false narrative.

“If it did, we will not need the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission or the courts.

“We would need the say-so of the opposition, but there is no human being who confers legitimacy on a person who won the plebiscite.

“It means you are placing yourself above courts, and all this prattling is to us prattle of an undersized political child.”

Charamba also described reports of a rift between Mnangagwa and Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga as part of a strategy to drive a wedge between the two.

“Maybe because of the experiences of pre-November where there was tension within the presidency, the media industry has grown to believe that an abiding feature of the presidency must be conflict,” he said.

“That notion has spilt over from pre-November and was motivated by the G40, and that thinking still lingers in your newsrooms, which are looking for validity in changing circumstances —and so there must be conflict, and if it is not there, it must be invented so that the theory of conflict continues and you (media) say who is more likely to be an adversary of the president and you think it must be Chiwenga.”

Charamba also denied reports that when he was Information ministry secretary he used state media to prop up Chiwenga in order to overshadow Mnangagwa.
l See the interview on Page 6

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8 Responses to Mnangagwa warns Chamisa

  1. Musona October 7, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    Charamba is singing for his supper. Charamba should know that Nelson Chamisa is important in Zimbabwean politics. If he was not important why is he talking about Nelson then? When Mugabe was in power Charamba used to portray Mugabe as some superhuman being.
    As long as Nelson remains dug in there will be no progress. False bravado by Charamba. The longer it takes for Emmerson to realise that Nelson is very important then things will only get worse.

  2. Musona October 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    Charamba is singing for his supper. Charamba should know that Nelson Chamisa is important in Zimbabwean politics. If he was not important why is he talking about Nelson then? When Mugabe was in power Charamba used to portray Mugabe as some superhuman being.
    As long as Nelson remains dug in there will be no progress. False bravado by Charamba. The longer it takes for Emmerson to realise that Nelson is very important then things will only get worse.
    oops!!

    • FACT October 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

      but he is telling the facts and truth….IS CHAMISA ABOVE THE COURTS TO PRONOUNCE LEGITIMACY? IS AN ELECTION VALIDATED BY A LOOSER OF THE SAME ELECTION? OH NO ..MATURITY PROBLEM OF GRACE MUGABE RESURFACES IN CHAMISA.

  3. irvine pa Chiweshe Rwere October 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    Vana Charamba vanoziveiko? Basa rehuwori ne chi zanu chavo vakadyiwa ma elections zviri pachena .garwe rakabira vasingabirwe this time haalume nyika hapana kwainoenda ne zanu chii chaya kuda kugadzirisa chavakatadza in the past 40years.

  4. Trei October 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    George Charamba is counter productive. He is one of those people who continues to remind you that this country is going nowhere.

  5. Fidelis Guramatunhu October 8, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    These are just empty threats by a frightened political midget called George Charamba. George knows that without the consent of the governed, it is difficult to govern well. That is why Charamba is now irritated and is blowing off his top.
    Lesson: Rigging does not pay!

  6. brighton gumbo October 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    haaaa ED pfeee wangu

  7. Janana Bikaz Bikaldo October 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    Legitimacy is pronounced by the voters not by the courts.These court judges are appointed by the same contesting sitting govt.I now believe that they appoint someone with less qualifications over those with the requisite qualifications so that the incumbent is always ready to take the appointing authority’s side side whenever there are serious case to be tossed under the carpet.These so called judges have freed thieves,murderers and election fraudsters as long as the suspects are well connected to the ruling party heirachy.Its actually blasphemous to take oath using the bible when you know that you are great damn liars because like every liar who causes the suffering of God’s people,the wrath of God will definitely visit you in one way or the other because you really see yourselves as some demi-gods . Deep down their hearts all the con-court judges know that they helped zanu pf and ED in particular to steal the previous election.

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