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01HARARE871
2001-02-28 14:40:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Harare
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ZIMBABWE RULING PARTY OFFICIALS DIVIDED ON MANY

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                           CONFIDENTIAL     PTQ8638

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8311
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 HARARE 000871 

SIPDIS

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER

LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY

PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS

NAIROBI FOR TERRY PFLAUMER

ADDIS ABABA FOR BILL LUKASAVICH
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PAGE 02 HARARE 00871 01 OF 03 281442Z

PASS USAID FOR AFR/SA C. PALMA

PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/11
TAGS: PGOV PINR KDEM ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE RULING PARTY OFFICIALS DIVIDED ON MANY
ISSUES OF THE DAY

REFTEL: HARARE 847 (NOTAL)

CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES EARL IRVING FOR REASONS:
1.5 (B) AND (D).



1. (C) SUMMARY: RECENT CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN CHARGE,
POLOFF, AND THREE MID-LEVEL ZANU-PF OFFICIALS REINFORCED
THE NOTION THAT ZANU-PF IS NOT THE MONOLITH OF OPINION
THAT IS OFTEN CONVEYED IN THE PRESS. CHARGE AND POLOFF
SPOKE TO DEPUTY MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, SPORTS AND
CULTURE AENEAS CHIGWEDERE, MASVINGO SOUTH MP EDDISON
ZVOBGO, AND MASHONALAND EAST PARTY CHAIRMAN PADDY
ZHANDA. ALTHOUGH THE THREE OFFICIALS AGREED ON SOME
THINGS, SUCH AS THE IMPERATIVE FOR LAND REDISTRIBUTION
AND THE WEAKNESS OF THE MDC, THEY DISAGREED
SUBSTANTIALLY IN OTHER AREAS LIKE THE DIRECTION OF THE
PARTY, ATTACKS ON THE JUDICIARY, AND THE ROLE OF WAR
VETERANS. END SUMMARY.



2. (U) ON FEBRUARY 26, CHARGE AND POLOFF SPOKE TO
DEPUTY MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE AENEAS
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CHIGWEDERE (AND MP FOR HWEDZA DISTRICT), AND MASVINGO
"SUPREMO" AND MP FOR MASVINGO SOUTH EDDISON ZVOBGO.
POLOFF SPOKE TO MASHONALAND EAST PARTY CHAIRMAN PADDY
ZHANDA ON FEBRUARY 27. ALTHOUGH A RANKING PARTY
OFFICIAL AND CHAIRMAN OF THE NOW-PRIVATIZED COTTON
COMPANY OF ZIMBABWE, ZHANDA HAS NO POSITION IN
GOVERNMENT.

ZANU-PF MORALE


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3. (C) RECENTLY REMOVED FROM THE ZANU-PF POLITBURO,
EDDISON ZVOBGO WAS LESS THAN SANGUINE ABOUT MORALE IN
THE PARTY. WHEN ASKED HOW THE RECENT SACKING OF FIVE
PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVES HAD AFFECTED MORALE, HE STATED THE
EFFECT WAS "VERY SERIOUS." (MASVINGO ALLIES OF
PRESIDENT MUGABE ALSO SENT ZVOBGO'S FACTION RIDING OUT
OF TOWN ON A RAIL AFTER PARTY PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS
FEBRUARY 24. SEE REFTEL.) ZVOBGO TOLD US THAT THE
PARTY LEADERSHIP SEEMED TO BE "INFLICTING DAMAGE ON THE
BODY POLITIC" FOR NO APPARENT REASON. "HOW IS MAKING
PEOPLE UNHAPPY THE WAY TO WIN AN ELECTION?" HE ASKED
RHETORICALLY. HIS COLLEAGUES IN PARLIAMENT ARE HOPING
SOMEONE WILL SET ZANU-PF STRAIGHT, BUT THEY ARE
"ABSOLUTELY PETRIFIED" TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE PARTY,
ZVOBGO SAID. INFORMATION MINISTER JONATHAN MOYO HAS
"STRUCK THUNDER" INTO THE HEARTS OF ZANU-PF MPS. ZVOBGO
TOLD US THAT HE REMINDED MOYO WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE
MCCARTHY IN THE U.S. DURING THE 1950S--OTHER SENATORS
WERE AFRAID TO CHALLENGE HIM UNTIL THEY WOKE UP TO HIS
MAD CAMPAIGN AND LEFT HIM A "BROKEN MAN" IN THE END.
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"THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU," ZVOBGO SUPPOSEDLY WARNED
MOYO.



4. (C) PROVINCIAL PARTY CHAIRMAN ZHANDA ACKNOWLEDGED
THAT THERE ARE VOICES OF DISSENT IN ZANU-PF. HOWEVER,
THE DISSENTERS ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH SURVIVAL RIGHT
NOW THAN CHANGING THE DIRECTION OF THE PARTY. ZHANDA
LIKENED THE PARTY'S "COMBATIVE" MODE TO A RISING FLOOD.
MOST MEMBERS ARE SIMPLY BEING SWEPT ALONG, FRANTICALLY
GRABBING FOR ANY BRANCH THAT COMES ALONG JUST TO STAY
AFLOAT.

DIRECTION OF THE PARTY


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5. (C) DEPUTY MINISTER CHIGWEDERE WAS MORE CONFIDENT
ABOUT THE PARTY'S DIRECTION. HE BELIEVES THAT IF
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS WERE HELD TOMORROW, ZANU-PF
WOULD WIN BACK HALF THE SEATS IT LOST TO THE MDC LAST
JUNE. HE THINKS ZANU-PF WOULD WIN BACK ALL THE SEATS IN
HARARE'S HIGH-DENSITY SUBURBS, BUT ADMITTED THE LOW-
DENSITY SUBURBS, WHERE MOST WHITES LIVE, ARE A LOST
CAUSE. CHIGWEDERE CLAIMED THAT THE PEOPLE NOW SEE ZANU-
PF AS THE PARTY OF ACTION THAT CAN DELIVER THEM FROM
THEIR MISERY, BECAUSE THE MDC HAS DONE LI