US embassy cable - 01HARARE1632

FOREIGN MINISTER INFORMS WESTERN AMBASSADORS OF CABINET DECISION TO REIN IN WAR VETERANS

Identifier: 01HARARE1632
Wikileaks: View 01HARARE1632 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2001-05-17 08:13:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV PINS ETRD ZI CA DA
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

170813Z May 01


                           CONFIDENTIAL     PTQ3613

PAGE 01        HARARE  01632  01 OF 02  170805Z 
ACTION AID-00   

INFO  LOG-00   NP-00    AF-00    ACQ-00   CIAE-00  COME-00  DODE-00  
      WHA-00   SRPP-00  DS-00    EB-00    EUR-00   FBIE-00  VC-00    
      TEDE-00  INR-00   LAB-01   VCE-00   NSAE-00  OES-01   SSO-00   
      SS-00    STR-00   TRSE-00  DSCC-00  DRL-02   NFAT-00  SAS-00   
        /004W
                  ------------------ECEEAD  170806Z /38    
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8892
INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERLIN 
AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 001632 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER 
 
LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SA - C. PALMA AND N. NEWMAN 
 
PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        HARARE  01632  01 OF 02  170805Z 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/17/11 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINS, ETRD, ZI, CA, DA 
SUBJECT: FOREIGN MINISTER INFORMS WESTERN 
AMBASSADORS OF CABINET DECISION TO REIN IN WAR VETERANS 
 
REF:   (A) HARARE 1535 (NOTAL) 
 
       (B) HARARE 1447 (NOTAL) 
 
CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES EARL M. IRVING FOR 
REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (C) CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER JAMES WALL TOLD 
CHARGE ON MAY 16 THAT FOREIGN MINISTER STANISLAUS 
MUDENGE HAD SUMMONED HIM, THE GERMAN AND DANISH 
AMBASSADORS EARLIER THAT DAY TO COMMUNICATE CABINET'S 
DECISION TO PUT AN END TO PELL-MELL INVASIONS OF URBAN 
FIRMS BY OSTENSIBLE WAR VETERANS SEEKING PAY OUTS FOR 
DISMISSED EMPLOYEES.  HE EXPLAINED THAT CABINET HAD 
DISCUSSED THE MATTER AND CONCLUDED THAT THERE WAS NO 
HISTORICAL BASIS FOR THE INVASIONS AND THAT GOVERNMENT 
STRUCTURES EXISTED TO DEAL WITH WORKERS' COMPLAINTS. 
THE FOREIGN MINISTER SAID THAT MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS 
JOHN NKOMO WOULD MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THAT EFFECT 
LATER IN THE DAY. 
 
2.  (U) THE CHOICE OF AMBASSADORS WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. 
HIGH COMMISSIONER WALL DISAPPEARED INTO ZANU-PF HARARE 
PROVINCIAL HEADQUARTERS ALONG WITH THE CANADIAN CITIZEN 
DIRECTOR OF CARE ON MAY 4.  A DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE WHO 
HAD BEEN LAID OFF SOUGHT REINSTATEMENT AND BACK PAY FROM 
CARE THAT THE WAR VETERANS WERE HAPPY TO HELP HIM 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 03        HARARE  01632  01 OF 02  170805Z 
SECURE.  WHILE IN THE PARTY PROVINCIAL HEADQUARTERS WALL 
PROTESTED THE KANGAROO COURT AND WAS ASSAULTED BY WAR 
VETERANS (REF A).  WAR VETERANS INVADED THE DANISH-OWNED 
DANDY CHEWING GUM FACTORY ON MAY 11, RESULTING IN THE 
FACTORY BEING CLOSED AND ALL 550 EMPLOYEES BEING 
FURLOUGHED INDEFINITELY.  ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTING, 
THE DANISH FOREIGN MINISTER MOGENS LYKKETOFT WROTE HIS 
ZIMBABWEAN COUNTERPART PROTESTING THE INVASION.  WAR 
VETERANS ALSO INVADED THE OFFICES OF THE FRIEDRICH EBERT 
FOUNDATION ON APRIL 23, AND LATER THE FOOD WAREHOUSE, 
WHICH THEY LOOTED CLEAN, OF THE GERMAN-OPERATED NON- 
GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION "HELP," AND THE S.O.S. 
CHILDREN'S VILLAGE, A GERMAN-SUPPORTED ORPHANAGE (REF 
B) . 
 
3.  (U) AS MUDENGE PROMISED OUR DIPLOMATIC COLLEAGUES, 
MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS JOHN NKOMO ON MAY 16 ORDERED 
POLICE TO ARREST "PEOPLE MASQUERADING AS LIBERATION WAR 
VETERANS, [WHO HAVE BEEN] GOING AROUND EXTORTING MONEY 
FROM COMPANY OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS UNDER THE PRETEXT OF 
SOLVING LONG-STANDING LABOUR DISPUTES."  NKOMO SAID 
THEIR ACTIONS CONSTITUTED EXTORTION AND KIDNAPPING AND 
HE ADVISED ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN FORCED TO PAY MONEY TO 
REPORT THEIR EXPERIENCES TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION. 
NKOMO THEN EMPHASIZED THAT "WE WILL LEAVE NO STONE 
UNTURNED IN OUR QUEST TO BRING THE PERPETRATORS TO 
BOOK." 
 
4.  (C)  COMMENT:  IT HAS TAKEN OVER A MONTH AND A STORM 
OF PROTESTS FROM EMBASSIES AND CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, 
FOREIGN AND LOCAL, TO GET THE GOVERNMENT'S ATTENTION AND 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 04        HARARE  01632  01 OF 02  170805Z 
ACTION.  MANY SENIOR OFFICIALS IN GOVERNMENT ARE 
DISGUSTED WITH THE TARGETING OF COMPANIES AND NGOS. 
FOLLOWING ON THE HEELS OF THE RESIGNATION OF INDUSTRY 
AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE MINISTER NKOSANA MOYO, WE HAVE 
HEARD THAT THE PERMANENT SECRETARY IN THE MINISTRY OF 
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC WORKS AND NATIONAL HOUSING AND 
OTHER SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS PLAN TO SUBMIT THEIR 
RETIREMENT PAPERS IMMINENTLY.  IN ADDITION, VETERAN 
ZANU-PF POLITICIAN EDDISON ZVOBGO RECENTLY TOLD US THAT 
A NUMBER OF SENIOR GOVERNMENT PEOPLE -- INCLUDING 
FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MINISTER SIMBA MAKONI - 
- HAVE ASKED HIM PRIVATELY HOW THEY CAN GET OUT. 
DESPITE THE WIDESPREAD REALIZATION IN OFFICIAL CIRCLES 
THAT THE LATEST 
 ITERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT'S "URBAN 
CAMPAIGN" IS BACKFIRING DOMESTICALLY AND 
INTERNATIONALLY, THE ULTIMATE POWER TO REIN IN THE WAR 
VETERANS RESTS WITH PRESIDENT MUGABE.  SINCE PRESIDENT 
MUGABE LAST YEAR OVERRULED BOTH NKOMO AND VICE-PRESIDENT 
MSIKA WHEN THEY VOWED TO EVICT FARM INVADERS, WE WILL 
NOT INVEST MUCH OPTIMISM IN NKOMO'S ORDER THIS TIME 
UNLESS IT IS FOLLOWED BY REAL ACTION ON THE GROUND.  END 
COMMENT. 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
                           CONFIDENTIAL     PTQ3614 
 
PAGE 01        HARARE  01632  02 OF 02  170806Z 
ACTION AID-00 
 
INFO  LOG-00   NP-00    AF-00    ACQ-00   CIAE-00  COME-00  DODE-00 
      WHA-00   SRPP-00  DS-00    EB-00    EUR-00   FBIE-00  VC-00 
      TEDE-00  INR-00   LAB-01   VCE-00   NSAE-00  OES-01   SSO-00 
      SS-00    STR-00   TRSE-00  DSCC-00  DRL-02   NFAT-00  SAS-00 
        /004W 
                  ------------------ECEEB0  170806Z /38 
O 170813Z MAY 01 
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8893 
INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERLIN 
AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 001632 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER 
 
LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SA - C. PALMA AND N. NEWMAN 
 
PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        HARARE  01632  02 OF 02  170806Z 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/17/11 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINS, ETRD, ZI, CA, DA, GM 
SUBJECT: FOREIGN MINISTER INFORMS WESTERN 
AMBASSADORS OF CABINET DECISION TO REIN IN WAR VETERANS 
 
IRVING 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
> 

Latest source of this page is cablebrowser-2, released 2011-10-04