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01HARARE368
2001-01-19 09:27:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Harare
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ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT TO CONVENE DRC ALLIES

Tags:  PREL PGOV MOPS ZI CG 
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8036
INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RWANDA COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY LIBREVILLE 
AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE
						C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 000368 

SIPDIS

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH

USUN FOR HOLBROOKE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/11
TAGS: PREL PGOV MOPS ZI CG
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT TO CONVENE DRC ALLIES
MEETING NEXT WEEK

REFTEL: SECSTATE 09311

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PAGE 02 HARARE 00368 190927Z
CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES EARL M. IRVING FOR
REASONS: 1.5 (B) AND (D).



1. (C) CHARGE D'AFFAIRES, ACCOMPANIED BY POLOFF,
DELIVERED REFTEL DEMARCHE TO DR. NGONI CHIDEYA, THE
ACTING PERMANENT SECRETARY IN ZIMBABWE'S MINISTRY OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE MORNING OF JANUARY 19. DR. CHIDEYA
HAD POSTPONED THE MEETING FROM JANUARY 18. THE CHARGE
EMPHASIZED THAT THE USG HAS SIMILARLY URGED THE
GOVERNMENTS OF UGANDA AND RWANDA TO REFRAIN FROM TAKING
MILITARY ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION IN THE DRC, AND
ENCOURAGED THE GOZ TO ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH UGANDA AND
RWANDA.



2. (C) CHIDEYA RESPONDED BY SAYING THAT THE GOZ WILL
ISSUE A STATEMENT ON THE EVENTS IN THE DRC IN THE NEXT
FEW DAYS, IF NOT TODAY. "SOON AFTER" KABILA'S STATE
FUNERAL ON JANUARY 23, PRESIDENT MUGABE WILL CONVENE A
HEADS OF STATE MEETING WITH THE DRC ALLIES, NAMELY
ANGOLA AND NAMIBIA, ACCORDING TO THE ACTING PERMSEC. IT
WAS UNCLEAR FROM CHIDEYA'S ACCOUNT WHETHER JOSEPH KABILA
OR DRC REPRESENTATIVES WOULD BE INVITED TO THE ALLIES
MEETING. ONCE THAT MEETING IS CONCLUDED, MUGABE WILL
INVITE ALL THE LUSAKA SIGNATORIES TO A WIDER MEETING ON
THE WAY FORWARD IN THE DRC, CHIDEYA SAID.



3. (C) CHIDEYA FURTHER STATED THAT A DRC DELEGATION OF
25 PEOPLE, INCLUDING EDUCATION MINISTER ABDOULAYE
YERODIA NBOMBASI AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS MINISTER MOBOTO,
ARRIVED IN HARARE LAST NIGHT (JANUARY 18). JUSTICE
MINISTER KONGOLO AND INTERIOR MINISTER KUKUDJI REMAINED
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IN KINSHASA, CHIDEYA REPORTED. HEALTH MINISTER MAMBA
ACCOMPANIED KABILA'S BODY TO HARARE ON JANUARY 17 AND IS
STILL IN TOWN, ACCORDING TO THE ACTING PERMANENT
SECRETARY. THE PURPOSE OF THE DELEGATION VISIT IS TO

SIPDIS
INFORM PRESIDENT MUGABE OF EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO
KABILA, AND TO ASSIST IN RETURNING KABILA'S BODY TO THE
DRC, THE ACTING PERMSEC SAID. THE ZIMBABWEAN MFA'S
PROTOCOL OFFICE IS HELPING TO MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS.
THE BODY IS DUE TO GO BACK TO KINSHASA TOMORROW, JANUARY
20, CHIDEYA CONTINUED. PRESIDENT MUGABE, ALONG WITH
OTHER HEADS OF STATE, IS LIKELY TO ATTEND KABILA'S
FUNERAL NEXT WEEK, THE ACTING PERMSEC ADDED.



4. (C) COMMENT: ZIMBABWE'S MFA WAS AN UNUSUAL HIVE OF
ACTIVITY WITH ITS ASSISTANCE OF THE DRC DELEGATION.
CHIDEYA APPEARED TO BE IN THE CENTER OF THE ACTIVITY--
UNCHARACTERISTIC FOR AN MFA OFFICIAL--AND EVEN RECEIVED
A PHONE CALL FROM DEFENSE MINISTER MAHACHI DURING OUR
MEETING. FOREIGN MINISTER MUDENGE RETURNED WITH MUGABE
FROM CAMEROON, BUT IS TRYING TO RESUME HIS INTERRUPTED
LEAVE, WE WERE TOLD. FURTHERMORE, YERODIA'S PRESENCE IN
HARARE MAY SUGGEST THAT HE HAS BEEN PARTLY RESURRECTED
BY JOSEPH KABILA AND THAT HE IS SEEKING THE BLESSING OF
ZIMBABWE FOR A MORE PROMINENT ROLE IN THE NEW CONGOLESE
DISPENSATION. END COMMENT.

IRVING

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