No problem with ED appointing blood relations: Charamba

Review & Mail Writer

George Charamba says there is nothing wrong in President Mnangagwa appointing his relatives, as long as they are qualified for the job.

The Presidential spokesman, using his moniker Dhonzamusoro007 on X (formerly Twitter), said this in response to the criticism over the appointment of Martin Rushwaya as Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet – one in a long line of people close to Mnangagwa.

Rushawaya is said to be a nephew to Mnangagwa, and he joins other people whom the President has controversially appointed to government following his victory in August 23 elections, including his son Kudakwashe (Deputy Finance Minister) and nephew, Tongai (Deputy, Tourism).

The President also faced outrage recently after bestowing an honorary doctorate on his wife, Auxillia, hardly a month after honouring her on Heroes Day.

But Charamba says all is above board.

“THIS HABIT OF MALIGNING DEPLOYMENT OF QUALIFIED CADRES ON GROUNDS OF CONSANGUINITY IS DREADFUL,” emphatically wrote Charamba on X.

Consanguinity means related by blood or descending from same ancestor.

“It is very churlish for some public commentators and media houses to deride the deployment of competent officers by the President on grounds of whose alleged relations they are.

“It is as if their competence and qualification pass for nothing, or as if the appointment of any other cadre of whatever background would have been acceptable. Yet we know better. There is this I-appoint-better syndrome by persons who can’t even run their households, let alone their little spheres of public function.

“It is a filthy syndrome which we must outgrow as a Nation,” Charamba fumed.

Meanwhile, the President has appointed another close ally, Virginia Mabhiza, as the country’s first female Attorney General.

Mabhiza’s appointment was announced Thursday along with that of advisors Agnes Mahomva (Public Health Advisor to the President and Cabinet) and Jorum Gumbo (Monitoring and Implementation of Government Programmes).

Mike Madiro was appointed chairperson of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited Board. 

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