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US envoy scorns 'naive' Zim politicians

2012-07-25 11:25
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Zimbabwe's 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe has declared he is still in charge, dismissing speculation that his increasingly powerful wife Grace is now running the show.

Cape Town - Outgoing US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray has scorned the Zimbabwean politicians who volunteered sensitive information to American diplomats which was later released through the WikiLeaks cables, Radio Vop reported on Wednesday.

"Anyone who talks to a diplomat and thinks it’s a private conversation is about as naïve as anyone who talks to a reporter and thinks that it’s a private conversation," said Ray, in his last official address to the Zimbabwean press.

Sensitive Zimbabwean political information contained in American diplomatic cables has recently been released through Wikileaks, including reports that some of President Robert Mugabe's aides are advocating for him to step down.

Ray was, however, quick to deny that the Wikileaks revelations permanently damaged his country and his own relations with Zimbabwean politicians.

He also said the US was prepared to accept Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s new leader in next year’s elections if he wins a free and fair election, according to the report.

"Our policy is and has always been a credible election outcome is what we seek ...we would like to see who ever the people of Zimbabwe select in a credible electoral process we would accept," he said.
 

- News24

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