Mugabe aide admits ‘culpability’ in medical aid looting scam

Presidential spokesman George Charamba

Presidential spokesman George Charamba

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
06 February 2014

As the exposés on corporate corruption continue to unravel, Presidential spokesman George Charamba has admitted to his ‘culpability’ in a looting scam that has rocked the Premier Medical Aid Society (PSMAS).

President Mugabe’s top aide also revealed that his boss was the PSMAS patron. According to a Wednesday Daily News report Charamba said that about 80 percent of the society’s contributors are civil servants, whom the government routinely struggles to pay.

Charamba’s admission came as it emerged that he sat on the board that approved the mega-salary and benefits of the leading medical aid society’s chief executive.
Reports said Charamba also sat on 13 committees of the PSMAS whose boss, Cuthbert Dube, earned half a million dollars every month.

However, according to the Daily News, Charamba sought to exonerate himself by claiming that he and his fellow board members ‘found the machinery in place.’ He said they did not ‘ask the right questions’ on the assumption that government policy was being followed.

Charamba further claimed that he was the least paid board member. But according to the Daily News revelations, Dube was earning $30,000 in board fees per month, which means Charamba could also have benefited. The report says Charamba not only served on several PSMAS subsidiary company boards but sat on key committees, which include the benefits, finance and budget committees.

MDC-T deputy National Organizing secretary, Abednico Bhebhe, said the involvement of Charamba at the PSMAS shows that Dube’s ‘corrupt salary’ was part of the broader corruption entrenched in the President’s office. Bhebhe said: ‘In my view Mugabe, whether he knew of Dube’s obscene salary or not, was most probably brought in to scare away any possible whistle blowing on the scam. ’ He added: ‘Dube cannot have been able to do all that without some people in that office working with him and protecting him.’

Bhebhe said Charamba , by virtue of being a board member, was part of the scam.

Revelations that Charamba may have benefited in the PSMAS salary scam puts another twist to the ZANU PF factionalism which is seen as the main driver of the exposés on ‘corrupt salaries.’ All along the exposés were said to have affected only those executives aligned to the faction led by vice President Joice Mujuru, leading to the belief that the other faction led by Emmerson Mnangagwa was instigating everything.

Charamba, who hails from Buhera, is said to belong to the Mnangagwa faction.

6 Responsesto “Mugabe aide admits ‘culpability’ in medical aid looting scam”


    Mugabe, his military henchmen and Zanu PF thugs should be rounded up by the International community and put on a plane in chains to the ICC Court at the Hague, to answer for their appalling crimes against the Zimbabwean people over the last 34 years – not fighting amongst themselves as to who is going to get the largest share of the loot from robbing the state blind.

    • wilbert says:

      Yes, “rounded up by the International community”; who else? No wonder the country is in a mess; we are always waiting for others to do something to solve our own problems! Well the International community only helps those who help themselves and rightly so too!

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      You will be a hero if you do that first in your country where there are war criminals well known to have committed serious human rights violations but are free to travel to any country of their wish without anybody bothering them. Remove the block in your eyes that is blinding you to see the bigger picture. Charity begins at home.

      Your pirate radio station should make recommendations to the International Criminal Court for all war criminals to be arraigned at the Hague. No African Head of State and Government will be rounded up by anybody and they shall do their work without fear of anybody. Only then will all known war criminals are arrested, prosecuted and serve their sentences will African leaders be considered for punishment for alleged crimes.

  2. wilbert says:

    Well, well Comrade George Charamba you have denied that there was no corruption and looting in Zimbabwe, made a career out of it, and blamed the country’s economic melt-down on the “illegal sanctions imposed of the Zimbabwe government and people by the West”. And now you finally admit your own “culpability, as one of the directors of PSMAS and Mugabe’s own “culpability his he was the patron.

    You refused to admit to any looting yourself, of course, but we all know you too were involved in the looting. It is now just a matter of time before we find out how much you pocketed.

    As for Mugabe, he has been doing his own looting, that much is obvious. He is right now fighting to take back a $ 5 million property in Hong Kong he bought for his daughter in 2008. He could not stop the looting at PSMAS, how could he when you, Cuthbert Dube and all the other looters at PSMAS knew he too was looting.

    Now we know there has been rampant corruption and looting; it is clear why the country’s economy is in a real mess; no economy could prosper with tickets and vampire bats like you sucking the very life out of it!

    We will never hear the feisty George Charamba deny there was corruption and looting, now that he has been caught with his hand in the till nor will he blame the West for the country’s economic woes!

  3. Yepec says:

    When it is said that Mugabe and Zanu PF are corrupt, one is not playing with words. George Charamba proved it by admitting that he is one of the Directors of PSMAS, especially, appointed to represent the interests of the people and Government of Zimbabwe.

    However, his appointment is meant to cheat or hoodwink the Zimbabweans as in what happened with the 31 July 2013 harmonised elections. Mugabe and his Zanu PF operate by other rules unknown to the public:
    (i) Zanu PF, although, publicly a political Party, it is in reality a private and criminal Club that enables or makes its members rich with impunity at any given level, e.g, Chombo, Mpofu (obedient son), Savanhu, Chipangano, the so called War Veterans or the militia.
    (ii) Mugabe, as the President of both the Party and the Country, from time to time, makes public announcements by which he fools the masses.
    (iii) For any loot or corruptible action to be sustainable, a cut must be made to “Zim 1″, e.g, again one easily gives the example of Obert Mpofu, the ZMDC and its management, the Mining Companies at Chiadzwa or Made as a good example in the Agriculture sector of the economy.

    This is the basis of Mugabe’s and Grace’s filthy wealth, their many palaces, mansions, businesses, farms, travels or ability to hire an Airbus from Mbada,to fly to and fro Singapore annually while people die of hunger and diseases in the country. Mugabe, in reality, is the Chief Looter of Zimbabwe.

    This information is only the tip of an iceberg but helps to put the subject matter in its proper perspective as people read the Article. Zimbabweans can give much better examples as they daily come up against this monster which has taken over the affairs of the beautiful and beloved country.

  4. Common Sense says:

    If this is true, in any normal country he would resign or be kicked out… but they are ALL doing so no one will be kicked out.

    Sanctions my @rse

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