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Masiyiwa said Chinamasa and Goche lacked enough authority

Econet boss Strive Masiyiwa, who was also one of the advisors of Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, said although talks between the MDC and the Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front were continuing, there was slow progress because ZANU-PF negotiators Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche did not have sufficient authority to resolve fundamentals issues.

Tsvangirai had therefore suggested a parallel process with direct negotiations between him and ZANU-PF leader Robert Mugabe to be facilitated by South African President Thabo Mbeki.

He said Tsvangirai and Mugabe were to begin discussions on August 6 or August 7.

 

Full cable:

 

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08HARARE669

2008-08-07 15:28

2011-08-30 01:44

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SUBJECT: STRIVE MASIYIWA’S TAKE ON ZANU-PF-MDC NEGOTIATIONS

 

REF: HARARE 661

 

Classified By: Ambassador James D. McGee for reason 1.4 (d)

SUMMARY

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.1. (C) Strive Masiyiwa briefed Pretoria PolCounselor and

Harare PolEcon chief August 7 on ZANU-PF-MDC negotiations.

According to Masiyiwa, there is as of now no draft agreement

between the two sides. Press reports suggesting the

existence of a draft agreement are premature. Zimbabwean

president Robert Mugabe and MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai

are planning to meet within the next few days one-on-one to

attempt to resolve outstanding issues, chief of which is the

allocation of executive authority. Mugabe may be ready to

compromise to achieve an honorable exit, but those around

him, principally Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon

Gono, are resistant as they try to maintain their corrupt

emoluments and business interests. Masiyiwa believes

international pressure is critical to impress upon all

parties that international reengagement is dependent upon an

agreement that divests Mugabe of executive authority and

places the balance of power with Tsvangirai and the MDC.

Ambassador to South Africa Bost joined the meeting to

emphasize that the U.S. would not accept a flawed agreement

that involves Mugabe retaining executive authority. END

SUMMARY.

 

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Status of Negotiations

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.2. (C) Negotiations between ZANU-PF and the MDC are ongoing

in Cape Town, according to Masiyiwa, but are not dealing with

fundamental issues, particularly the allocation of executive

authority. Masiyiwa said Tsvangirai told South African

president and SADC mediator Thabo Mbeki that some progress

had been made but Mugabe’s negotiators (Patrick Chinamasa and

Nicholas Goche) lacked sufficient authority to resolve

fundamental issues. Tsvangirai suggested a parallel process

with direct negotiations between him and Mugabe to be

facilitated by Mbeki. (NOTE: As an indication that ZANU-PF

is serious about the negotiations, ZANU-PF and Mugabe last

week dispatched defense minister Sidney Sekeremayi and

Emmerson Mnangagwa to South Africa to join Chinamasa and

Goche. END NOTE.) Mbeki agreed and said he would identify

the issues to be resolved by the two principals. Masiyiwa

understood from intermediaries that Mugabe was also

receptive. Tsvangirai and Mugabe were to begin discussions

on August 6 or August 7; Mbeki was scheduled to fly to Harare

on August 7. (NOTE: Subsequent to the meeting with

Masiyiwa, we learned that Mbeki will come to Harare on August

.9 with a meeting between Mugabe and Tsvangirai to take place

on August 10. END NOTE.)

 

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Outstanding Issues

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.3. (C) Masiyiwa amplified on the Ambassador’s discussion

with Tsvangirai on August 5 (Reftel) in discussing

outstanding issues:

 

–Roles of Mugabe and Tsvangirai: This is the fundamental

issue. Tsvangirai and the MDC, according to Masiyiwa, are

firm that Mugabe should not retain executive power, but

should serve in a ceremonial role until his retirement.

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