Nathaniel Manheru
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Nathaniel Manheru's Animated Image
Years active2010 to present
EmployerThe Herald
OrganizationZimpapers Zimbabwe
Notable workControversial Opinion Articles
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Opponent(s)Movement for Democratic Change

Nathaniel Manheru is a fictional character, or some would call it a pseudonym that is allegedly used by one ZANU PF politician in the state controlled newspaper, The Herald. Some speculate that the column is run by George Charamba a ZANU PF stalwart who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information ad Publicity headed by Jonathan Moyo and also spokesperson to president Robert Mugabe. Manheru runs a political column called "The Other Side" in the state controlled newspaper, The Herald, which is usually referred to as the mouth piece of ZANU PF. However these speculations appear to be baseless as there is no information supporting these claims.

Although the Zimbabwean a public is familiar with Manheru's political commentary which is churned by The Herald, very little is know about the exactly character behind the pseudonym. Manheru is believed to be a strong ZANU PF hardliner due to his unmistakable ZANU PF tone which discredits all forms of opposition. The fictional character is known for his negative criticism of opposition supporters such st the MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai.From 2014 when ZANU PF was infested with internal factional fights, Manheru was on the forefront of decampaigning the so called Mujuru faction led by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

Political Ideology

In his unquestionable support for Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF, in January 2015, Manheru produced an article in the Herald which downplayed the role of ousted cabinet Minister and alleged Mujuru loyalist Didymus Mutasa. The article titled "Mutasa,Meandering Journey to Nowhere". In this article, Manheru directly attacks Didymus Mutasa together with other peceived loyalists such as Rugare Gumbo and Jabulani Sibanda who were all ousted from the party.[1]

In July 2014, Manheru published an article titled, "Tsvangirai: History and Homage to Bacchus", he launched an emotional attack on the former primer minister and president of the MDC-T party for his alleged support of western ideologies at the expense of the so called home-grown political solutions. It is clear from the shaddowy character's writings that there is strong political force which agitates for the decampaigning, or at least negative publicity about the opposition movement.[2]

In 2014, Manheru also published a an article titled "31 July; The Day When ZANUPF Won itself aground". In the article, the seemingly mythical character wrote in a somewhat celebratory tone about ZANU PF's victory on 31 July 2013 elections which saw the death of the Government of National Unity in Zimbabwe.[3]


  1. Nathaniel Manheru, Mutasa,Meandering Journey to Nowhere,The Herald, published:16 Jan 2015,retrieved:19 Jan 2015"
  2. N. Manheru, Tsvangirai: History and Homage to Bacchus,The Herald, published:19 Jul 2014,retrieved:19 Jan 2015"
  3. N. Manheru, 31 July; The Day When ZANUPF Won itself aground,The Herald, published:26 April 2014,retrieved:19 Jan 2015"