US embassy cable - 00HARARE6803

SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSIONER COMMENTS ON MBEKI/OBASANJO VISIT

Identifier: 00HARARE6803
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE6803 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-12-05 06:05:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL EAGR PGOV ECON ENRG ZI
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7770
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY PRIORITY
AMCONSUL LAGOS PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY ABUJA PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI PRIORITY 
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 006803 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/04/2010 
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TAGS: PREL, EAGR, PGOV, ECON, ENRG, ZI 
SUBJECT: SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSIONER COMMENTS ON 
MBEKI/OBASANJO VISIT 
 
REF: HARARE 6802 (NOTAL) 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5 
(B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (C) SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSIONER A.J.D. NDOU TOLD 
AMBASSADOR MCDONALD AT LUNCH ON DECEMBER 2 THAT, WHILE HE 
HAD WORKED ON THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE MEETING AMONG 
PRESIDENTS MBEKI, OBASANJO AND MUGABE, HE HAD NOT BEEN 
BRIEFED ON THE SUBSTANCE OF THEIR NOVEMBER 30 MEETING. 
ACCORDING TO GODFREY MWEDZI, ZIMBABWEAN MINISTRY OF 
FOREIGN AFFAIRS DIRECTOR FOR AFRICA, THE THREE HEADS OF 
STATE MET ALONE FOR FOUR HOURS, EXCLUDING MINISTERS, 
HIGH COMMISSIONERS AND NOTE TAKERS FROM THEIR 
DELIBERATIONS.  THEY EMERGED AFTER THEIR MEETING TO FACE 
THE PRESS, AT WHICH TIME NEITHER MBEKI NOR MUGABE LOOKED 
COMFORTABLE. 
 
2.  (C) PRESIDENT MBEKI HOPED TO HAVE A CANDID 
CONVERSATION WITH MUGABE ABOUT ZIMBABWE'S POLITICAL AND 
ECONOMIC QUAGMIRE, BECAUSE HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT 
IS HAPPENING HERE, ACCORDING TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH 
COMMISSIONER.  THE SOUTH AFRICAN HEAD OF STATE REASONS 
THAT IF THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT ONLY FOLLOWED ITS OWN 
LAW WITH RESPECT TO LAND REFORM THE PROBLEMS IT IS 
ENCOUNTERING COULD BE RESOLVED.  THE ZIMBABWEAN 
PRESIDENT SHOULD BE USING THE POLICE IN A NON-PARTISAN 
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MANNER AND RESPECTING COURT ORDERS.  AS IT WAS, THE LAND 
ISSUE IS BECOMING A BIGGER REGIONAL PROBLEM, AFFECTING 
NOT ONLY SOUTH AFRICA BUT OTHERS.  MBEKI WAS MEASURED IN 
WHAT HE SAID, HOWEVER, SINCE HE DID NOT WANT THE DOOR TO 
CONTINUING ENGAGEMENT SHUT ON HIM, NDOU TOLD THE 
AMBASSADOR. RATHER, THE SOUTH AFRICAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE 
LOOKED TO HIS NIGERIAN COUNTERPART TO COME ON STRONGER. 
ON AT LEAST THREE PREVIOUS OCCASIONS MBEKI HAD DELIVERED 
A SIMILAR MESSAGE, BUT HAD CONCLUDED THAT HE COULD NOT 
FORCE MUGABE TO DO SOMETHING THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO DO, 
THE SOUTH AFRICAN DIPLOMAT AVERRED.  NDOU ALSO TOLD US 
THAT THE TWO KEY SOUTH AFRICAN PARASTATALS, ESKOM AND 
SASOL, WILL CONTINUE SUPPLYING ZIMBABWE LIMITED AMOUNTS 
OF ELECTRICITY AND FUEL ON AN OPEN ACCOUNT BASIS, EVEN 
THOUGH THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE PAST HAVE ADVOCATED 
BUSINESSLIKE DECISIONS BEING TAKEN REGARDING ZIMBABWE. 
 
3.  (C) DURING THE LUNCHEON THAT MUGABE HOSTED FOR HIS 
GUESTS (THAT NDOU ATTENDED), HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER JOHN 
NKOMO ARRIVED LATE AND IN GOOD SPIRITS DIRECTLY FROM HIS 
MEETING WITH UNDP ADMINISTRATOR MARK MALLOCH-BROWN. 
NDOU SAID THAT AFTER NKOMO REPORTED HOW PRODUCTIVE HIS 
CONVERSATION HAD BEEN, MUGABE RESPONDED WITH A JOKE 
ABOUT MALLOCH-BROWN BEING BRITISH.  (COMMENT: ON 
DECEMBER 2 AT A NATIONAL TREE PLANTING DAY CEREMONY, 
PRESIDENT MUGABE DEPARTED FROM HIS PREPARED REMARKS AND 
REVERTED TO HIS INCREASINGLY TRADEMARK, VITUPERATIVE 
ATTACK AGAINST THE WHITE FARMERS, THE COURTS, THE 
BRITISH AND ANY AND ALL STANDING IN THE WAY OF THE FAST- 
TRACK LAND RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM.  "IF THEY ARE NOT 
PREPARED TO BE PART OF US, THEN WE WILL ASK THEM TO 
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LEAVE OUR COUNTRY HARMONIOUSLY," SAID MUGABE.  END 
COMMENT.) 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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