Former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has exposed how the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, who is now deputy chief secretary (presidential communications) George Charamba used to meddle in party politics against the dictates of his office as he is a civil servant.
According to Professor Moyo, Charamba together with Constantino Chiwenga, Happyton Bonyongwe and other senior Zanu PF members constituted what he termed the 2013 poll group that steered the ruling party’s election campaign programme.
9/24 Chinamasa said he had sought & obtained approval from President Mugabe to revive the 2008 group to prepare for the 2013 poll. He asked for new names to add to the 2013 group, besides mine. I suggested Rtd Brig General Tapfumaneyi from #ZanuPF HQ & Kizito Gweshe from the CIO
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) January 10, 2019
The group according to Moyo, made various strategies including forcing the country to go to elections on 31 July 2013 against an agreement that sought to push for electoral reforms before polls.
The group also plotted to deport top Harare human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa as well as blocking the United Nations from funding the 2013 elections.
— Zimbabwe Eye