The Standard reports that the clash between Information ministry permanent secretary Ndabaningi Mangwana and Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba over the authenticity of President Emmerson Mnangagwa exposes divisions in the government.
This comes after a Tweet posted on the President’s page called for dialogue among the country’s political players. The tweet read as follows:
I invite leaders of all political parties as well as religious and civic leaders to set aside our differences and come together. What unites us is stronger than what could ever divide us. Let’s begin a national dialogue. Let’s put the economy first. Let’s put the people first.
However, Charamba warned the public not to accept everything they read on Mnangagwa’s Twitter page, suggesting that the account is controlled by someone other than the President. Charamba had this to say:
Just when we were in there, the President was drawing my attention to an attempt to as it were, to put words into his mouth using his Twitter account. So, don’t always believe that which is coming through.
Mangwana insisted that the views expressed on Mnangagwa’s Twitter page were those of the President. He said:
There may be many fake accounts in HE President Mnangagwa’s name, but @edmnangagwa is the legitimate voice of the President. Nothing goes on there but that which represents his views and positions on issues and that which he has explicitly cleared.
When The Standard reached out to Mangwana to ascertain the nature of his relationship with Charamba, he said that the two have a good working relationship.
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