US embassy cable - 00HARARE5834

UN/UNDP TEAM GIVES OUTBRIEF: RESULTS DISAPPOINTING

Identifier: 00HARARE5834
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NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
USDOC FOR DHENKE-ROGERS 
 
LONDON FOR GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
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PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/13/2010 
TAGS: EAGR, PGOV, PINS, PINR, ZI 
SUBJECT: UN/UNDP TEAM GIVES OUTBRIEF: RESULTS 
DISAPPOINTING 
 
REF: (A)HARARE 5730, (B)HARARE 5608, (C)HARARE 5514, 
 
(D)STATE 185563 
 
CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES EARL M. IRVING FOR 
REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (C) SUMMARY.  IN A BIZARRE OUTBRIEF ON OCTOBER 12, 
THE UN/UNDP TEAM SENT TO EXPLORE WAYS TO BRIDGE THE GAP 
BETWEEN DONORS AND GOVERNMENT ON LAND REFORM MADE 
RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO "IMPROVE" THE FAST TRACK 
PROGRAM.  THE TEAM STRESSED THAT THEIR MANDATE WAS 
TECHNICAL -- NOT POLITICAL.  DONOR QUESTIONS WERE 
LIMITED BUT THERE WAS A PALPABLE SENSE OF DISBELIEF AND 
DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE MISSION.  GIVEN THE NARROW MANDATE 
OF THE MISSION, THE MORE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE OF THE RULE 
OF LAW WAS NOT ADDRESSED.  WE THINK THAT THE PARALLEL UN 
INITIATIVE TO EXAMINE THE RULE OF LAW SHOULD BE 
ENCOURAGED WHILE PUTTING ON HOLD ANY FURTHER TECHNICAL 
MISSIONS TO WORK ON A VIABLE LAND PROGRAM.  POST 
BELIEVES THAT THE LATTER CAN BE CONDUCTED ON THE GROUND 
BY DONORS, WHILE THE UN CAN MOST PRODUCTIVELY HELP 
ADDRESS THE RULE OF LAW ISSUE.  END SUMMARY. 
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2.  (C) ON OCTOBER 12 UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE 
VICTOR ANGELO INTRODUCED THE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE UN/UNDP 
TEAM WHO BRIEFED HEADS OF DIPLOMATIC AND SELECTED 
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE MISSIONS ON RECOMMENDATIONS THAT 
WOULD APPEAR IN THEIR FINAL REPORT TO THE UNDP 
ADMINISTRATOR AND THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL.  (COMMENT: 
DONORS WERE SURPRISED AT THE UNDP RESREP'S INVITATION TO 
THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE, AS 
WELL AS HEADS OF MISSION OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN 
DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY AND THE G-77.  ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF 
THE PARTICIPANTS WERE NEW FACES AND FEW OF THEM 
POTENTIAL DONORS.  THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION 
REPRESENTATIVE WAS CONSPICUOUS BY HIS ABSENCE.  END 
COMMENT).  ANGELO SAID THAT AFTER THREE WEEKS IN COUNTRY 
CONSULTING WITH A WIDE RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS, THE 
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT HAD GIVEN THE TEAM ALL THE 
ASSISTANCE THAT IT NEEDED, AND HAD RECEIVED THE TEAM AT 
THE HIGHEST LEVEL.  ANGELO NOTED THAT PRESIDENT MUGABE 
WAS KEPT REGULARLY UPDATED ON THE TEAM'S FINDINGS. 
SPEAKING FOR THE TEAM, CHIEF OF PARTY JACQUES CHONCHOL 
FOUND THAT THERE IS BROAD AGREEMENT WITHIN ZIMBABWE 
AMONG ALL STAKEHOLDERS THAT: 
 
-- LAND REFORM IN ZIMBABWE IS A POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND 
ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION; 
 
-- IT IS PRIMARILY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT 
OF ZIMBABWE TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A WORKABLE LAND 
REFORM PROGRAM; 
 
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-- THE DESIGN WILL REQUIRE CONSTANT CONSULTATION OF ALL 
STAKEHOLDERS; 
 
--THE PLAN MUST BE TRANSPARENT IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION, 
ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE AND JUST; AND 
 
--THE LAWS OF ZIMBABWE MUST BE OBSERVED THROUGHOUT THE 
IMPLEMENTATION OF ALL PHASES OF THE PLAN. 
 
3.  (C) COMPLEMENTING THOSE OBSERVATIONS CHONCHOL NOTED 
THAT DISAGREEMENT EXISTED ON THE: 
 
-- SCALE AND PACE OF THE FAST TRACK RESETTLEMENT 
EXERCISE; 
 
-- POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DYNAMICS UNDERLYING THE FAST 
TRACK APPROACH; 
 
-- EXTENT AND WILLINGNESS OF THE PARTIES TO NEGOTIATE 
KEY ISSUES; AND 
 
-- AVAILABILITY OF FINANCE.  CHONCHOL SAID THAT THE 
GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE BELIEVED IT HAD BEEN PUSHED TO 
ADOPT THE FAST TRACK RESETTLEMENT EXERCISE BECAUSE IT 
DID NOT RECEIVE SUFFICIENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM 
 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 04 HARARE 005834 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
USDOC FOR DHENKE-ROGERS 
 
LONDON FOR GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SD - DWELLER, AFR/SA - CPALMA, 
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PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/13/2010 
TAGS: EAGR, PGOV, UNDP, PINS, PINR, ZI 
SUBJECT: UN/UNDP TEAM GIVES OUTBRIEF: RESULTS 
DISAPPOINTING 
 
DONORS. 
 
4.  (C) THE UN/UNDP MISSION CHIEF OF PARTY CONTINUED 
WITH THE CAVEAT THAT POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS FELL 
OUTSIDE THE TEAM'S MANDATE.  THE TEAM VISITED VARIOUS 
SETTLEMENTS AND NOTICED THAT THE FAST TRACK EXERCISE HAD 
RUN INTO DIFFICULTIES: THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO RESOURCES 
FOR INFRASTRUCTURE OR AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FOR THOSE 
RESETTLED, THERE WAS INADEQUATE INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY 
AS WELL AS A CUMBERSOME STATUTORY AND ADMINISTRATIVE 
FRAMEWORK.  IN LIGHT OF THESE FACTS, THE TEAM'S REPORT 
WILL MAKE FOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL 
EFFICIENCY OF THE PROGRAM: 
 
-- ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRUST FUND ADMINISTERED BY UNDP 
AND FINANCED BY DONORS TO PURCHASE AND UPGRADE ACQUIRED 
LAND, UNDER THE FAST TRACK RESETTLEMENT EXERCISE.  IT 
SHOULD ENCOMPASS AN ORDERLY PROCESS OF RESETTLEMENT AND 
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STOP FURTHER OCCUPATIONS.  A 
COMMITTEE WOULD OVERSEE THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND WITH 
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE, THE 
DONORS AND UNDP. 
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--FOUNDING OF A TRAINING INSTITUTE; 
 
-- SIMPLIFICATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL 
PROCEDURES WITH RESPECT TO LAND ACQUISITION AND 
RESETTLEMENT, WHICH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, NEEDS TO BE 
DECENTRALIZED; AND 
 
-- USING A PROPORTION OF THE TRUST FUND TO SUPPLEMENT 
THE BUDGET FOR SALARIES AND SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT STAFF 
WHO WOULD IMPLEMENT THE LAND REFORM PROGRAM. 
 
5.  (C) KICKING OFF THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION, THE 
NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSIONER ASKED WHETHER THE TRAINING 
INSTITUTE THE TEAM ADVOCATED WAS TO BE SOMETHING NEW, 
BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WAS LITTERED WITH SUCH INSTITUTIONS 
AND MANY OF WHOSE GRADUATES WERE QUALIFIED FARMERS WHO 
WERE NOT BEING PLACED ON LAND.  HE ALSO ASKED WHETHER 
THE TRUST FUND RECOMMENDATION HARKED BACK TO THE RESULTS 
OF THE 1998 DONORS CONFERENCE.  CHONCHOL REPLIED THAT IT 
WOULD BE A NEW INSTITUTION ON THE MODEL OF THOSE SET UP 
IN OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAD PROVEN HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL. 
ZIMBABWE LACKED CAPACITY TO IMPLEMENT A PROPER LAND 
REFORM PROGRAM, IT NEEDED TO TRAIN TECHNICIANS, PEASANT 
LEADERS, AND PROPERLY ORGANIZE CO-OPERATIVES, AMONG 
OTHER THINGS.  REGARDING THE TRUST FUND, CHONCHOL SAID 
THAT IT WOULD ALSO BE SOMETHING NEW, ADMINISTERED BY THE 
DONORS, GOVERNMENT AND THE UNDP. 
 
--THE DANISH AMBASSADOR ASKED WHAT WAS THE TIME FRAME 
THE TEAM ENVISIONED FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAND 
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REFORM PROGRAM.  THE RESPONSE WAS THAT THE GOZ OBJECTIVE 
OF 5 MILLION HECTARES COULD BE ACHIEVED IN THREE TO FOUR 
YEARS BASED ON AN ANNUAL ROLLING PLANNING PROCESS. 
 
-- THE AUSTRALIAN AID REPRESENTATIVE ASKED FOR THE 
TEAM'S ESTIMATE OF THE TRUST FUND.  CHONCHOL AVOIDED 
ANSWERING THE QUESTION BY SAYING THAT IT DEPENDED 
WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT MERELY PLANNED TO DUMP PEOPLE ON 
THE LAND OR MAKE ADEQUATE PREPARATIONS.  UNDP RESREP 
ANGELO REJOINED THAT THE TEAM WOULD PROPOSE THREE 
INCREASINGLY EXPENSIVE RESETTLEMENT MODELS, BUT 
CAUTIONED THAT AT A MINIMUM IT WOULD COST BETWEEN USD 
3,000 TO 3,200 PER FAMILY.  (COMMENT: THERE IS NOTHING 
NEW IN THIS REVELATION.  THESE ARE OLD NUMBERS.  END 
COMMENT). 
 
--THE WORLD BANK REPRESENTATIVE ASKED WHETHER A SOUND 
LAND REFORM PROGRAM COULD BE BASED ON COMPULSORY 
ACQUISITION AND WHETHER THE FAST TRACK APPROACH WAS 
TECHNICALLY SOUND.  CHONCHOL CONCEDED THAT THE APPROACH 
WAS NOT OPTIMAL. 
 
--THE BELGIAN AMBASSADOR ASKED WHAT THE TEAM'S POSITION 
REGARDING THE HANDLING OF THE CURRENT FARM INVADERS AND 
QUESTIONED THE TEAM'S PRO-GOVERNMENT BIAS.  THE TEAM 
 
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USDOC FOR DHENKE-ROGERS 
 
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PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
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TAGS: EAGR, PGOV, UNDP, PINS, PINR, ZI 
SUBJECT: UN/UNDP TEAM GIVES OUTBRIEF: RESULTS 
DISAPPOINTING 
 
REPLIED THAT WHILE NO NEW OCCUPATIONS WOULD BE TOLERATED 
BY THE GOZ, IT WAS THE TEAM'S OPINION THAT IT WAS 
POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE THE INVADERS FROM THE 
FARMS WITHOUT RESETTLING THEM. 
 
--THE NEW CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER ASKED ABOUT THE GOZ 
COMMITMENT TO THE RULE OF LAW, TO WHICH THE TEAM 
RESPONDED NO GOVERNMENT WILL SAY IT DOES NOT RESPECT ITS 
OWN LAWS.  WHEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO POSE FURTHER 
QUESTIONS THE HIGH COMMISSIONER DEMURRED, BUT HIS BODY 
LANGUAGE CONVEYED DISBELIEF. 
 
--THE SWEDISH AMBASSADOR ASKED ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE 
BETWEEN THE 1998 AGREEMENT AND THE FAST TRACK APPROACH. 
THE TEAM RESPONDED THAT THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE WAS THAT 
THE FAST TRACK APPROACH IS ATTEMPTING TO ACQUIRE ALL 
LAND "UP FRONT" VERSUS THE PHASED APPROACH AGREED UPON 
IN 1998.  THE OTHER MAJOR DIFFERENCE IS THE BASIS 
(IMPROVEMENTS ONLY) AND METHOD OF COMPENSATION (DELAYED 
PAYMENTS INCLUDING ISSUANCE OF BONDS). 
 
--THE PLO REPRESENTATIVE (AND DEAN OF THE DIPLOMATIC 
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CORPS) CONTRIBUTION WAS TO SUGGEST THAT WHILE PALESTINE 
IS NOT A DONOR BUT A RECIPIENT OF ASSISTANCE, HE THOUGHT 
THE QUESTIONS POSED WERE PREMATURE AND THAT WE SHOULD 
WAIT FOR THE TEAM'S REPORT. 
 
--IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF 
THE REPORT, THE GROUP WAS INFORMED THAT THE MISSION 
WOULD FIRST DISCUSS IT WITH THE UN BEGINNING OCTOBER 15. 
 
6.  (C) IN A RUMP SESSION, WORLD BANK, DFID AND USAID 
MET TO DISCUSS IMPLICATIONS OF THE MISSION.  THE 
CONSENSUS WAS THAT THE MEETING WAS BIZARRE AND THE 
MISSION FAILED TO ADVANCE THE DIALOGUE ON THE RULE OF 
LAW OR CLARIFY THE TECHNICAL ISSUES.  RATHER, THE 
RECOMMENDATIONS TINKER ON THE EDGES OF A FUNDAMENTALLY 
FLAWED APPROACH.  THE WORLD BANK REPRESENTATIVE OBSERVED 
THAT MOST DONORS PRESENT WERE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT 
THE TECHNICAL ISSUES THAN THE TEAM.  OVERALL THE CONCERN 
WAS THAT THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT COULD USE RESULTS OF 
THIS MISSION TO JUSTIFY UNLEASHING FURTHER LAWLESSNESS, 
BECAUSE DONORS ALMOST CERTAINLY WILL FAIL TO SUPPORT THE 
PROPOSED TRUST FUND.  THERE IS ALSO WIDESPREAD BELIEF 
HERE THAT THE GOZ WILL LOSE THE COMMERCIAL FARMERS' 
UNION'S COURT CHALLENGE.  THE SUPREME COURT LIKELY WILL 
RULE THAT THE USE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWERS TO AMEND BOTH 
THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAND ACT WILL BE RULED 
UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  THE FEAR IS THAT THE GOZ WILL THEN 
JUSTIFY FURTHER INVASIONS AND LAND SEIZURES GIVEN THE 
DESPERATE ECONOMIC SITUATION AND THE NEED FOR ZANU-PF TO 
DELIVER ON SOMETHING TO ITS RURAL CONSTITUENCY BEFORE 
THE 2002 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. 
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7.  (C) COMMENT: AS WE SUSPECTED, THE MAJOR THRUST OF 
THE TEAM'S RECOMMENDATIONS IS TO RATIONALIZE THE 
GOVERNMENT'S FAST TRACK APPROACH TO LAND REFORM AND 
RESETTLEMENT.  THIS RESULT WAS NOT SURPRISING, GIVEN THE 
NARROW AND TECHNICAL TERMS OF REFERENCE UNDER WHICH THE 
TEAM OPERATED.  THE ATTEMPT TO SEGREGATE THE TECHNICAL 
FROM THE POLITICAL WAS AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK BECAUSE LAND 
REFORM IN ZIMBABWE IS NOW ESSENTIALLY A POLITICAL 
PROCESS.  DESPITE THE NEW RESREP'S BEST EFFORT AT 
PUTTING A POSITIVE SPIN ON THE TEAM'S FINDINGS, THE NET 
RESULT IS A POTENTIALLY IMPORTANT LOST OPPORTUNITY TO 
BRIDGE THE CURRENT IMPASSE CHARACTERIZING THIS ISSUE. 
THE REPORT POTENTIALLY COULD EVEN SERVE AS A SETBACK TO 
THE PROCESS OF DIALOGUE, IF IT RESULTS IN RAISING FALSE 
GOVERNMENT EXPECTATIONS REGARDING POTENTIAL DONOR 
SUPPORT FOR THE FAST TRACK PROGRAM. 
 
8.  (C) COMMENT CONTINUED: POST AGREES WITH THE STRATEGY 
TO SEPARATE THE THREE MAJOR ISSUES (RULE OF LAW, THE 
ECONOMY AND THE LAND PROGRAM).  HOWEVER, IN OUR VIEW, 
THE UN PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE, BECAUSE THE 
TECHNICAL ISSUES ARE NOT THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM HERE. 
DONORS HAVE ALREADY NEGOTIATED THE TECHNICAL ISSUES ON 
LAND WITH GOVERNMENT WITH GOOD SUCCESS AT THE 1998 
 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 04 OF 04 HARARE 005834 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
USDOC FOR DHENKE-ROGERS 
 
LONDON FOR GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SD - DWELLER, AFR/SA - CPALMA, 
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PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/13/2010 
TAGS: EAGR, PGOV, UNDP, PINS, PINR, ZI 
SUBJECT: UN/UNDP TEAM GIVES OUTBRIEF: RESULTS 
DISAPPOINTING 
 
DONORS' CONFERENCE.  THE MAJOR PROBLEM IS THE RULE OF 
LAW: CONDONING ITS SUSPENSION IN ORDER TO ADVANCE THE 
MUGABE GOVERNMENT'S POLITICAL IMPERATIVE OF LAND 
DELIVERY IS SIMPLY NOT ON.  THE UN/UNDP TEAM MENTIONED 
THAT IT IS CONSIDERING ANOTHER MISSION DEVOTED TO THE 
ISSUE OF RULE OF LAW, BUT THE POINT OF THIS PARALLEL 
ACTIVITY REMAINS NEBULOUS AT PRESENT.  POST THINKS REAL 
MOVEMENT ON LAND CANNOT OCCUR WITHOUT ATTENTION TO THE 
OVERARCHING PROBLEM OF RULE OF LAW IN ZIMBABWE.  WE 
REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT BOTH URGE THE UNITED NATIONS 
TO CONVEY THAT MESSAGE IN ITS FOLLOW-ON MISSION'S 
DEALINGS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE AND SUGGEST 
THAT FURTHER TECHNICAL MISSIONS NOT BE FIELDED UNTIL 
THAT PROBLEM IS ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED.  END COMMENT. 
 
IRVING 
 
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