I am Nathaniel Manheru – Charamba

By Vasco Chaya and Helen Kadirire

Permanent secretary of information George Charamba said he is paying tribute to the late liberation singer Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx, by disclosing that he is the shadowy character Nathaniel Manheru who contributes a weekly column in The Saturday Herald.

George Charamba
George Charamba

He said because of his closeness to Cde Chinx, the musician used to visit him at his offices where he asked him who Nathaniel Manheru was.

“Cde Chinx used to come to my office without an appointment, not because of indiscipline but because of the nature of the relationship we used to share.

“He used to read the Saturday column by Nathaniel Manheru and always wondered who he is, It is I George Charamba. As a tribute to him I am disclosing that I am Nathaniel Manheru.

“To those who read it and care to appreciate you will notice that I use nuances from Cde Chinx’s songs, because in as far as I am concerned contemporary politics emanated from politics of the struggle,” said Charamba as he addressed mourners at Cde Chinx’s residence in Sentosa, Harare yesterday.

Meanwhile, Charamba said government tried its level best to save the late revolutionary musician’s life but their efforts were in vain as “cancer proved to be a real threat to human life”.

“I was working closely with commander of Defence Forces Constantino Chiwenga to save Cde Chinx’s life.

“We had done our best in paying for his medical bills as well as looking for specialists but it is unfortunate that all our efforts were in vain considering that knowledge about cancer treatment is still very shallow,” Charamba said.

“The family suggested the use of herbs to cure the illness but as a government we did not second them on that because we feared it could backfire. We also facilitated his return to hospital but anyway, we all failed to save him.”

He said as the government, they have come up with a plan to promote musicians such as Cde Chinx through State galas.

“Cultural galas were an excuse to support the music industry and in all the events that we held we had regulars.

“Apart from promoting their music, State galas serve as a vehicle to teach youngsters real culture and history of the country hence we used to have regular musicians such as Cde Chinx, Tambaoga, Andy Brown, Chase Skuza and Sandra Ndebele among others.

“We used them because we noticed that the younger generation was mimicking Western music.

“We later realised that Chimurenga Music was dying down and revived it at a music studio in town. We recorded the music but it was not published and as a tribute to Chinx we want to publish the music for the benefit of the Chingaira family,” he said.

Cde Chinx’s burial details are still to be announced as there is a possibility that he can be conferred national hero status.

Chiwenga and his wife Marry attended the funeral yesterday together with various musicians such as Nicholas Zakaria, Zexie Manatsa, Mbare Chimurenga Choir and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPS) Band among others.

Mbare Chimurenga shared the stage with the ZPS band during the day in honour of the late Cde Chinx.

The two groups emotionally performed Cde Chinx’s hits such as Vanhu Vose VomuAfrica, Chikopokopo and Maruza Imi among others.

Cde Chinx died at the age of 61 on Friday night at West End Hospital in Harare after battling leukaemia cancer.

Mourners are gathered at Number 17 Turkely Drive, Sentosa, Mabelreign in Harare.

Cde Chinx’s allegiance to the ruling party Zanu PF was undoubted as his musical career can be traced back to 1975 when he joined the liberation struggle in Mozambique and led the Zanla Choir.

Music played a crucial role during and after the liberation struggle as it inspired fighters and also used to communicate special messages such as the objectives of the war, dos and don’ts in the society among others.

Some of his hits include Vanhu Vose VemuAfrica, Chikopokopo, Roger Confirm and Zvikomborero among others.

His last concert was in February this year when he performed with the ZPS band at President Robert Mugabe’s birthday celebrations held in Matobo. Daily News

  • We have always known that. There is nothing new here

  • taingozviziva kare

  • Ayaas who didn’t know nhai

  • Stop flattering yourself sir, we have known that for a very long time. Kudala sikwazi loko.

  • Even the blinds knew tht

    • TSM Season 7 –


  • So journos masquerade with fake names huh

  • Haak voetsek nguban ongakwazi lokho? Suka!

  • Not shocked. Your writings have always been a descriptor of you

  • We already knew that u bastard

  • There is time for everything. Takubata manje

  • That confession will have a direct bearing this man’s writing. I dont think it was a wiser choice to disclose like that.

  • We knew that

  • Vanhu vakamboita Seiko ava aidini kungotaura Zita rake

    • Mukundi

      AShamed to be associated with his hogwash

  • kkkkkk the end is near

  • Baba Jukwa have already disclose you way back

  • Maybe pa real haatonzi George charamba so hazvishamise vanhu ava marwaivhi vanongo chinja chinja

  • Really??? I would never have guessed…


  • We all knew that!

  • Tribute papi pacho?Zvitsva here?Zvichibetsera ani?Ko pane anga asingazvizivi here?Mibvunzo nenhema dzacho dzichapera here?

  • Whatever you call yourself, it’s not our business

  • Nothing new

  • Jonathan Moyo once said so and you vehemently denied . Muchimbozviitireiko zvekusada kuzivikanwa kuti ndimi maita chinhu ????????????

  • seriously…who knew ? https://t.co/MAeJgAMQ2O

  • We knew that was you and that’s not breaking news to some of us. It also shows that Jonathan is smarter, clever and more intelligent than you. You hide behind some shadow character to express yourself . How could you stoop that low? It’s embarrassing to say the least

  • As if that will bring us food, tsek

  • I like your column a lot cde it inspires me to be patriotic always and to appreciate the good works that our leadership is doing in our country .Dai pasina vatungamiri vakaita seme zvimwe dai nyika yakatengeswa kare naizvozvo isu semayouths we are going to keep on defending our regime come hell come thunder we will make sure that we will leave no stone unturned as far as total economic empowerment is concerned. Our nation is an awakening giant cde

  • Kkkk zvakunakidza

  • saka baba jukwa ndiyani

  • why use a pseudonym in a non war situation in first place… …this shows that stance is immoral….as a leader on government pay roll….thats not right…..you put your Office in disrepute….you are a civil servant you are answerable to the people….and putting on a mask is not welcome news for us your bosses….we need to investigate you as you have shown you cannot hold that position…..ndimizve Ana baba Jukwa….why not if that’s your habit Charamba…of using pseudonyms….

  • I just wanna be frank with you cde. If u want me to listen to u cde,go get a warm Barth, shave those beards and that hair of yours u look like sh*t cde, u look like u were hurried only to be taken out of that grave for photo shooting. u don’t look like a minister at all. Come look after my cattle cde I can dress u better.

  • Zvaizivikanwa kubva kare izvo

  • So you are also Jukwa?

  • Fox

    Thank you for officially unmasking yourself although we already knew. Now I am coming after you legally for defaming me few years ago. Do you remember me Charamba? You need a very very good lawyer.

  • Mzekezeke wemunhu ibva apa

  • Saka

  • Diva Dollar

    Dude was exposed by jono ages ago.

  • Cde Jigen Mambuya

    Chinx went to Mozambique in 1978 after he was persuaded by Cde Zanzi. This followed a battle in Rusape which took the whole day and claimed a number of comrades as well as the enemy. By then he was just a mujibha.

  • lot chitakasha

    It was an open secret.

  • We’ve known this for DECADES.


  • So what. Who cares

  • Taizviziva kuti ndiye. …..

  • josefa chinotimba

    Am not amused at all George.Not at all zvako.

  • Mutengesimukuru

    Since he (Charamba) lost his wife he is now acting like an idiot, that wife made him a person


    we knew tht…..and now tht it has been confirmed………..g-40 will be paying u a visit sometime soon

  • Mukundi

    Now that is childishness. Who exactly is he confessing to this publicly available fact?

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