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WikiLeaks revelations disturbing - Zanu-PF

2011-09-08 14:06

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Harare - Revelations made by WikiLeaks about talks between members of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF and United States officials are "disturbing," a spokesperson for the party said on Thursday.

The whistleblower website has released US diplomatic cables showing senior Zimbabwean officials had harshly criticised President Robert Mugabe in secret discussions with US embassy officials.

The cables also contained a claim that the 87-year-old Mugabe has prostate cancer and would be dead by 2013, information allegedly conveyed to the US by one of his allies, central bank chief Gideon Gono.

"The revelations are disturbing and demoralising," said Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo. The party was studying the issue, he added.

"People should examine their own conscience and ask themselves whether they have done right or wrong, and if it is wrong, there is a way of correcting it," Gumbo told the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

The WikiLeaks cables dumped recently contain the full names of people who spoke with US embassy officials, often under the assumption of confidentiality. In earlier releases of the cables, names of sources were generally deleted.

- SAPA

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