President Robert Mugabe was prepared to concede defeat after the 2008 elections and sent “emissaries” to Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai to discuss security and to negotiate a government of national unity that would include his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.
A cable just released by Wikileaks which was dispatched on 1 April 2008, two days after the elections, says this information was relayed to United States ambassador James McGee by exiled businessman Strive Masiyiwa.
McGee also said he had spoken to Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono who had told him that ZANU-PF felt that Mugabe would not win and the military would not intervene.
Gono, however, hoped that he would be appointed prime minister in a negotiated government of national unity.
Publisher Trevor Ncube told the ambassador that Tsvangirai had offered the position of prime minister to Simba Makoni.
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1.. (C) According to South African businessman Strive
Masiyiwa, who had spoken to Morgan Tsvangirai, President
Robert Mugabe is prepared to concede defeat. Mugabe had sent
“emissaries” to Tsvangirai to discuss security and to try to
negotiate a government of national unity that would include
¶2. (C) The Ambassador talked again with Reserve Bank
Governor Gideon Gono (Reftel) who acknowledged that ZANU-PF
felt that Mugabe could not win. He also said that the
military would not intervene. Gono was hoping for a
negotiated government of national unity with himself as prime
minister. He hoped for a negotiated resolution after results
are declared–presumably with Tsvangirai receiving less than
50 percent–as the Bank has no funds for a runoff.
¶3. (C) In postponing its 12 pm press conference, the MDC
said officially it was for “positive” reasons.
¶4. (C) We also learned from publisher Trevor Ncube that
Tsvangirai had offered the position of prime minister to
Simba Makoni contingent on constitutional changes.
¶5. (C) Comment. While there have been a number of ups and
downs in recent days, and we realized it’s not over until
it’s over, we are increasingly confident that we’re in the
end game. End Comment.