Who pocketed US$755 700, Mnangagwa or the publisher?


Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba must be laughing his heart out.

He tweeted that Mnangagwa’s biography- A life of Sacrifice: Emmerson Mnangagwa– sold 50 380 copies at US$15 each at its launch yesterday.

The hacks quickly made their calculations. And the headlines started rolling out: President Emmerson Mnangagwa Pockets US$755 700 From Book Sales In Just A Day.

Was it Mnangagwa who made the money or it was the book publisher, Jarach Media which was represented by Rachel Jambaya who was present at the launch?

Was it a lack of understanding of how publishing works or strategic ignorance just to drag in Mnangagwa’s name and the money that was made, R11 million?


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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