Zanu-PF ‘disturbed’ by WikiLeaks revelations

2011-09-09 11:08

Harare – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s party is investigating WikiLeaks revelations of secret meetings where party officials supplied confidential information to US diplomats, a state daily reported.

“The revelations are disturbing and demoralising,” The Herald newspaper quoted Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo as saying.

“We are studying the issue and we want to see how things develop. The people should examine their conscience and ask themselves whether what they have done is right or wrong and if it is wrong, there is a way of correcting it.”

Gumbo’s statement follows the publication of WikiLeaks cables exposing clandestine meetings between US diplomats and government and Zanu-PF officials, who rarely speak publicly about Mugabe or the party.

One of the cables said central bank chief Gideon Gono told a US ambassador that Mugabe had 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”.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party, Mugabe’s partner in a tense unity government, said it would not concern itself with revelations by WikiLeaks.

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