US embassy cable - 00HARARE3652

DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT NEW CABINET APPOINTMENTS

Identifier: 00HARARE3652
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3652 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-07-05 14:11:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PGOV PREL PHUM PINS PINR KDEM ZI
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6517
INFO AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 HARARE 003652 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR AF A/S SUSAN RICE, DAS SCHNEIDMAN 
 
AF/S RENDER, BOOTH, FAULK 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR AFRICA GAYLE SMITH 
 
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/05/00 
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, PHUM, PINS, PINR, KDEM, ZI 
SUBJECT: DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TIGHT-LIPPED 
ABOUT NEW CABINET APPOINTMENTS 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY POLITICAL OFFICER MAKILA JAMES, REASONS 
1.5 B/D. 
 
REFTEL: A) HARARE 3165, B) HARARE 02961 
 
1.  (C) SUMMARY: DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS 
NICHOLAS GOCHE WAS TIGHT-LIPPED OVER POSSIBLE CABINET 
CHANGES IN A JULY 3 CONVERSATION WITH THE AMBASSADOR. 
GOCHE, HOWEVER, NOTED THAT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR THE 
PRESIDENT TO REAPPOINT THOSE MEMBERS WHOM THE PUBLIC 
REJECTED IN THE RECENT PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS.  THE 
MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC) WILL NOT BE INVITED 
INTO THE CABINET, GOCHE SAID.  THE GOVERNMENT AND 
COMMERCIAL FARMERS UNION (CFU) HAVE COME TO AN AGREEMENT 
"IN PRINCIPLE" FOR THE ACQUISITION WITHOUT COMPENSATION 
OF ALMOST ALL THE 804 PUBLICIZED PROPERTIES, ACCORDING 
TO GOCHE.  WAR VETERANS WILL REMAIN ON THE OCCUPIED 
FARMS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.  END SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (C) ON JULY 3 THE AMBASSADOR, ACCOMPANIED BY POLOFF, 
CALLED ON THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, 
NICHOLAS GOCHE, FOR A POST-PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 
ASSESSMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT.  GOCHE WAS IN A LESS 
COMBATIVE MOOD THAN WHEN THE AMBASSADOR LAST SAW HIM ON 
JUNE 12,  TO DELIVER A JOINT DEMARCHE WITH OTHER HEADS 
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OF MISSIONS TO CONDEMN POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND CALL FOR A 
HALT TO IT IN THE COUNTRY (REFTEL A).  GOCHE PLAYED OFF 
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MDC'S 57 SEAT WIN TO ZANU-PF'S 
62 IN THE JUNE 24 AND 25 VOTE, NOTING "THE RURAL AREAS 
VOTED FOR LAND AND THE URBAN AREAS VOTED FOR JOBS. 
CONCEDING THAT HIGH URBAN UNEMPLOYMENT LOST THE ELECTION 
IN THOSE AREAS FOR ZANU-PF GOCHE, SAID THE MDC COULD 
HAVE "PUT UP A FROG" IN THOSE AREAS AND STILL WOULD HAVE 
WON AGAINST THE RULING PARTY.  NEVERTHELESS, THE DEPUTY 
MINISTER SAID IT'S GOOD OTHER VOICES ARE IN PARLIAMENT; 
NOW THE MDC HAS TO PROVE WHETHER ITS MEMBERS CAN 
ARTICULATE THEIR POLICIES TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE PEOPLE'S 
SUFFERING. 
 
3.  (C) IN RESPONSE TO THE AMBASSADOR'S QUESTIONS ABOUT 
POSSIBLE NEW FACES IN THE CABINET, THE DEPUTY MINISTER 
BECAME TIGHT-LIPPED.  GOCHE FLAT OUT REFUSED TO SHARE 
ANY OF THE RULING PARTY'S THINKING, WHICH CAME OUT OF 
THE EXTRAORDINARY TWO-DAY POLITBURO MEETING ON JUNE 28 
AND 30.  GOCHE SAID IT WAS A SHAME THAT THE PARTY LOST 
CERTAIN PARLIAMENTARY SEATS CURRENTLY HELD BY CABINET 
MEMBERS SUCH AS, MINES, ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM 
MINISTER, SIMON KHAYA MOYO, MINISTER OF STATE IN THE 
VICE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, SITHEMBISO GLADYS NYONI, AND 
MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS, DUMISO DABENGWA.  ONE UNIQUE 
CASE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO CONSIDER WILL BE THE 
REAPPOINTMENT OF THE ONLY REMAINING WHITE MEMBER OF HIS 
CABINET, MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE, TIMOTHY 
STAMPS.  STAMPS RAN ON THE ZANU-PF TICKET AT THE PRIMARY 
STAGE AND WAS DEFEATED.  THE HEALTH MINISTER REMAINED IN 
THE CABINET AFTER THE PRIMARIES AND WAS NOT ELIGIBLE TO 
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CONTEST IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS FOR ZANU-PF. 
CONSEQUENTLY STAMPS HAS NEVER "FACED THE PEOPLE" AND 
TECHNICALLY HAS NOT BEEN REJECTED BY THEM, SO MUGABE 
COULD REAPPOINT HIM WITH LESS DIFFICULTY THAN THOSE THE 
PEOPLE VOTED OUT, GOCHE ADDED.  THE DEPUTY MINISTER 
DISMISSED THE IDEA OF THE MDC BEING OFFERED ANY 
POSITIONS IN THE CABINET. 
 
4.  (C) ECHOING MUGABE'S TELEVISED CNN INTERVIEW OF A 
FEW DAYS BEFORE, GOCHE SAID THE MDC COULD NOT BE BROUGHT 
INTO THE GOVERNMENT AS ITS MEMBERS WERE UNKNOWN 
QUANTITIES, AND THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO UNITY GOVERNMENT 
TALKS AT THIS STAGE.  MOREOVER, GOCHE SAID THE MDC WOULD 
NOT ACCEPT 

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