Jane Mlambo| Former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has exposed how the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, 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 her termed the 2013 poll group that steered the ruling party’s election campaign programme.
10/24 The full 2013 poll group had: Emmerson Mnangagwa (who chaired it), Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Patrick Chinamasa (deputy chair), Nicholas Goche, Gen Constantino Chiwenga, Augustine Chihuri, Happyton Bonyongwe, Walter Tapfumaneyi, Kizito Gweshe, George Charamba & Jonathan Moyo!
— 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.