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Chronicle lambasts prophets of doom

The Bulawayo daily, Chronicle, lambasted what it called prophets of doom who were already predicting civil unrest and genocide after the presidential elections of 2002 all because the Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front candidate, Robert Mugabe, was going to win.

“Most people have seen through this charade and will vote for upholding of our sovereignty as a country, hence the panic by the United States, Britain and Australia who are now singing the sanctions blues,” the paper said.

 

Full cable:


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02HARARE557

2002-03-04 10:32

2011-08-30 01:44

UNCLASSIFIED

Embassy Harare

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

041032Z Mar 02

 

 

 

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ACTION INR-00

 

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EUR-00   UTED-00 VC-00   H-01     TEDE-00 IO-00   L-00

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PRS-00   ACE-00   P-00     SP-00   SS-00   STR-00   TEST-00

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1078

INFO NSC WASHDC

AMEMBASSY PRETORIA

AMEMBASSY LUSAKA

AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK

AMEMBASSY GABORONE

AMEMBASSY LILONGWE

AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 000557

 

SIPDIS

 

AF/PD FOR COX AND ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT AND SCHLACHTE

AF/FA FOR SWANN, INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM

SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ZIM PRESIDENTIAL POLL; HARARE

 

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

PAGE 02       HARARE 00557 041113Z

1. WHILE THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY “ZIMBABWE INDEPENDENT”

CONDEMNED THE RECENT ATTACKS ON ELECTION OBSERVERS IN

ZIMBABWE BY ALLEGED ZANU PF SUPPORTERS IN ITS MARCH 1

EDITORIAL, THE BULAWAYO-BASED GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED

DAILY “CHRONICLE” SLAMMED PRESIDENT BUSH FOR ALLEGEDLY

USING ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE U. S.-BASED “GENOCIDE

WATCH” TO FURTHER HIS POLITICAL INTERESTS. THIS BAD

TEMPERED EDITORIAL COMES IN THE WAKE OF AN ARTICLE,

BASED ON A RECENT “GENOCIDE WATCH” REPORT CARRIED IN T

INDEPENDENT “FINANCIAL GAZETTE. “:EXCERPTS AS FOLLOWS:

 

2. UNDER HEADLINE “ATTACKS ON SADC OBSERVERS WERE

INEVITABLE,” THE “ZIMBABWE INDEPENDENT” COMMENTS:

 

“WE VERY MUCH REGRET THE STAIN ON ZIMBABWEAN HOSPITALI

THAT ATTACKS ON SOUTH AFRICAN AND SADC OBSERVERS

REPRESENT. BUT THEY WERE INEVITABLE. DESPITE PRESIDE

MUGABE’S PUBLIC COMMITMENT TO NON-VIOLENCE, HIS

SUPPORTERS CONTINUE TO ABDUCT, TORTURE, STONE, AND BEA

UP OTHER ZIMBABWEANS WITH IMPUNITY. . .WE HOPE THAT

FOLLOWING THESE INCIDENTS, THE SOUTH AFRICANS AND THEI

SADC COLLEAGUES WILL STOP DANCING AROUND ISSUES OF

ELECTORAL VIOLENCE. . . .”

 

3. UNDER HEADLINE “GENOCIDE EXISTS ONLY IN THEIR MINDS,”

THE “CHRONICLE” COMMENTS:

 

“PROPHETS OF DOOM FROM THE IMPERIALIST WORLD ARE ALREA

PREDICTING A GLOOMY POST-ELECTION PERIOD OF ZIMBABWE.

THEY TELL US THERE WILL BE ‘CIVIL UNREST,’ ‘GENOCIDE,’

AND EVERY POSSIBLE CURSE ON THE NATION, ALL BECAUSE TH

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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ZANU PF CANDIDATE IS POISED FOR A RESOUNDING VICTORY

COME 9 AND 10 MARCH. . .BUT MOST PEOPLE HAVE SEEN

THROUGH THIS CHARADE AND WILL VOTE FOR UPHOLDING OF OU

SOVEREIGNTY AS A COUNTRY, HENCE THE PANIC BY THE UNITE

STATES, BRITAIN AND AUSTRALIA WHO ARE NOW SINGING THE

SANCTIONS BLUES. . .A U. S.-BASED ORGANIZATION WHICH

CALLS ITSELF ‘GENOCIDE WATCH’ HAS ALREADY PREDICTED TH

ZIMBABWE WILL ‘SLIDE’ INTO ‘GENOCIDE’ AND CALLED ON TH

U. S. AND THE EU TO PREPARE FOR A POSSIBLE ‘MILITARY

INTERVENTION.’ THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR. LIKE MANY OTHER

EGOCENTRIC RACISTS IN EUROPE, GAY GANGSTERS IN THE

U. S., MASQUERADING AS ‘NGOS’ OR ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ BODIES

WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE JUST GEORGE BUSH’S RABBLE ROUSER

AND LAP DOGS, ARE AT IT AGAIN. THE PROBLEMS WE NOW

HAVE, THAT HAVE ERUPTED INTO POLITICAL VIOLENCE, ARE

BEING SPONSORED AND MASTERMINDED BY SUCH BODIES. .

GEORGE W. BUSH IS TRYING TO BE A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOC

HE HAS PROVED TO BE A WARMONGER AND WILL SLIDE US INTO

THE THIRD WORLD WAR IF THE WORLD DOES NOT STOP HIS

COWBOY POLITICS. . .’GENOCIDE WATCH’ SHOULD CONCERN

ITSELF WITH THE MASSIVE GENOCIDE BUSH CAUSED IN

AFGHANISTAN WHERE HE KILLED INNOCENT CHILDREN AND

ORDINARY CIVILIANS.”

 

SULLIVAN

 

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