Zanu PF to investigate ‘wiki-leaking’ officials
Former ruling party Zanu PF, battling internal divisions, says it will investigate revelations that some of its senior officials supplied damning information about President Robert Mugabe and the party to United States embassy officials.
Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo, on Wednesday implored members of the party named in the cable leaks to start examining their consciences as the party was investigating the matter. Gumbo said it was disturbing that some senior party members were implicated in the secret meetings with hostile forces.
“The revelations are disturbing and demoralising. We are studying the issue and we want to see how these things develop, but we have not taken a position as a party. The people should examine their conscience and ask themselves whether what they have done is right or wrong and if it is wrong there is a way of correcting it,” he said.
Vice President Joice Mujuru, politburo members Saviour Kasukuwere, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Jonathan Moyo, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, army officials and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono among others all face possible prosecution for exchanging information with US diplomats.
Last year when the leaked cables were first published, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was said to have met with US envoys and suggested that they maintain targeted sanctions while publicly calling for their lifting.
The revelations prompted Attorney General Johannes Tomana to say that he would instigate a probe into what he called “treasonous collusions.” “The Wikileaks appear to show a treasonous collusion between local Zimbabweans and the aggressive international world, particularly the United States.
“With immediate effect, I am going to instruct a team of practicing lawyers to look into the issues that arise from the WikiLeaks,” Tomana said. In light of the explosions of the US confidential cables last week, Tomana said he still had plans to go ahead with the probe which initially targeted Tsvangirai.
“Why are you going for personalities? Do you not know what the constitution says? The constitution covers everybody and I am just doing my job,” Tomana said when asked if he will probe Vice President Mujuru.
Meanwhile the MDC-T national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, has categorically refuted claims in confidential US embassy communications that quoted him describing his party leader as ‘inept and indecisive.’
The allegations were made in US documents revealed on the WikiLeaks website, based on cables sent by the US embassy in Harare to the US State department in Washington.
The cable claims that Chamisa and MDC-T deputy Justice Minister Obert Gutu also questioned Tsvangirai’s leadership credentials during a meeting with the US ambassador in Harare, Charles Ray, in January 2010.
Chamisa, long viewed as a close confidante of Tsvangirai and a future leader of the party, on Thursday stressed that the ‘report is totally baseless and contains fabricated information with the intention to spread lies and rumours.’
He criticized state media scribes for giving credence to uncorroborated reports and described some of them as ‘political mosquitoes and tsetse flies’ needing advice on how to accurately report on events.
Chamisa blamed the Herald and Sunday Mail newspapers for spinning the Wikileaks story to the advantage of ZANU PF. He instead told journalists in Harare that the MDC-T is fully behind its leader ‘who is the most popular President in this country.’
In a separate statement Gutu also denied the WikiLeaks reports. ‘I have never held any meetings with Ambassador Charles Ray in my entire life. The so-called WikiLeaks disclosures are a monumental fiction that can easily rival the fictional works of Dambudzo Marechera or Charles Dickens.
‘The motive behind these false, nonsensical, malicious and defamatory allegations against me defies all logic. Whilst I respect the right of individuals to engage in free and honest debate, I am totally dumbfounded as to the reasons why my name should be dragged into the mud like this. I have no skeletons in my cupboard and because of that, the truth shall, as usual, always set me free,’ Gutu said. Herald/SW Radio Africa/Nehanda Radio.com