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George Charamba a.k.a Nathaniel Manheru a king pin in ‘dis information’ dissemination or Zanu pf propaganda from the days of Mugabe is now the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of information under Mnangagwa’s government,..an indisposable asset to the ruthless Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats. We have had to republish this story from may 2014 because it has come back on focus in debate with comments bringing the post back up.
It was reported that on May 14, 2017 Mrs Idaishe Olivia Charamba died at West End Hospital. She was the wife to the then deposed President Mugabe’s presidential spokesman George Charamba , a.k.a Nathaniel Manheru and permanent secretary for the information.
It was reported that Mrs Charamba had been admitted to ICU at a private Harare hospital.
Olivia Charamba first came into public lime light in 2015 after reporting her husband, George Charamba, for domestic violence to the police.
Charamba who had been awarded on 24th February 2005 a Karate black belt allegely bashed his wife Mrs Charamba unconscious and she was rushed to hospital after she accused the despot Mugabe’s spokesperson of infecting her with HIV in an attempt to kill her. Charamba was so ruthless that he proceeded to severely beat up her baby.
This brutal assault led to Charamba’s arrest but his boss the deposed former President Robert Mugabe ordered the former Zimbabwe republic Police (ZRP) commissioner Augustine Chihuri to drop the case and say that Rudo Charamba had withdrawn the charges. George Charamba’s lawyer then was Zanu pf Johannes Tomana, Zimbabwe’s ex Attorney General.
Numerous women’s groups took up the case and signed affidavits in support of Mrs charamba, but the case against Charamba said to be a “heavy and reckless womaniser who turns into a monster and bully at home” with a well known record of “picking up prostitutes in Harare’s avenues” was dropped after Mugabe intervened.
Jonathan Moyo even wrote an article stating “Zimbabweans would be told many things about everything, including how Charamba has attempted to murder his wife in cold blood and how that attempted murder has been covered up. And the disgusting bloody evidence would be given because it is available. This is not a threat but a promise.”
The Charamba family situation was so desperate that in 2010 Mrs Charamba wrote to the Swedish Ambassador Sten Rylander, pleading to be removed from the European Union targeted sanctions list as a former wife of George Charamba not officially divorced but estranged and living apart since since 2004.
She claimed that she was unemployed unwell and george Charamba then lived with his second wife and she had stayed quiet in order to protect her children but was not prepared to continue living under such suffering
In February a year later mrs Charamba who was then one of 35 Zanu pf members of the sanctioned Mugabe regime was removed from the list.
The funeral was attended by numerous people including then Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Thokozile Mathuthu, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Retired Colonel Christian Katsande, Central Intelligence Organisation Director-General Retired Major- General Happyton Bonyongwe, Foreign Affairs Secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha and members of the media. More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing mourners at the funeral wake of wife of the then President Mugabe’s spokeman Mr George Charamba (seated left), Idaishe Olivia Chengu, in Alexandra Park in Harare. In the picture is former Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga (partly obscured) now Vice President of Zimbabwe. – Picture by Tawanda Mudimu.