Mugabe hints at WikiLeaks probe

2011-10-12 09:23

Harare – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe may probe top party

officials who said that he has prostate cancer in US diplomatic cables on the

whistleblower website WikiLeaks, state media said today.

“The president was very clear that as a party we are looking into

the matter to establish the origins and authenticity of the statements regarding

what WikiLeaks revealed,” said Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson for Mugabe’s Zanu-PF


“The president said the nation has to wait until we examine the

permutations of the WikiLeaks revelations,” he said in the state-run Herald


Gumbo said the party’s central committee discussed the WikiLeaks

issue and that Mugabe also said some of the cables might have been


Several leaked US cables released by WikiLeaks exposed clandestine

meetings between senior Zanu-PF and government officials and US diplomats, which

discussed several issues including Mugabe’s health which are normally not openly


In one of the cables, central bank chief Gideon Gono told a US

ambassador that Mugabe has prostate cancer and was advised by doctors in 2008

that he had less than five years to live.

In another cable, indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere

allegedly told former US ambassador Tom McDonald that Mugabe and his cronies

should “phase out of their leadership role”.

Last month Zanu-PF said the revelations by WikiLeaks are

“disturbing and demoralising”.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party, Mugabe’s partner in a

tense unity government, said it would not concern itself with revelations by


But last week a provincial committee of the party suspended deputy

justice minister Obert Gutu for describing Tsvangirai as a “weak” leader in a

discussion exposed by WikiLeaks.


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