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Muzenda asks Bush to assist in condemning violence

Vice-President Simon Muzenda asked United States President George Bush to assist in condemning all those elements in the political arena who seemed bent on pursuing their political ambitions through acts of terror.

Promising that Zimbabwe would hold free and fair presidential elections in March 2002, Muzenda said in a letter to Bush that the Zimbabwean government would rally solidly behind Bush’s condemnation of all those who sponsored and gave comfort to terrorism.

The Bush administration blamed the violence in the run up to the elections on President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

Commenting on Muzenda’s letter to Bush, United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Joseph Sullivan said the letter showed that Zimbabwe was still seeking improved relations with the United States but the arguments were neither new nor convincing.

Besides, he said, in the convoluted logic of Zimbabwe, the government appeared to have waited until Mugabe left for Madrid for medical treatment by an eye specialist before sending the letter to avoid the appearance of Mugabe asking for favours and the possibility of a rebuff.

 

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01HARARE3635

2001-12-05 13:28

2011-08-30 01:44

CONFIDENTIAL

Embassy Harare

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

 

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SIPDIS

 

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER

ADDIS ABABA PLEASE PASS TO A/S KANSTEINER

 

E.O. 12958: DECL. 12/05/11

TAGS: OPDC PREL ZI

SUBJECT: LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH FROM ACTING PRESIDENT

MUZENDA

 

REF: HARARE 3527

 

CLASSIFIED BY POLITICAL SECTION CHIEF MATT HARRINGTON.

REASONS: 1.5 (B) AND (D).

 

1. (C) IN A DECEMBER 5 MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADOR, MFA

DIVISION DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS DELIVERED A

LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH FROM ACTING PRESIDENT SIMON

MUZENDA. THIS IS LIKELY THE LETTER PROMISED BY ZANU-PF

INFORMATION SECRETARY NATHAN SHAMUYARIRA IN A NOVEMBER 20

MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADOR (REFTEL). THE SIGNED ORIGINAL

HAS BEEN POUCHED TO AF/S.

 

2. (C) BEGIN TEXT:

 

4 DECEMBER 2001

 

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT,

 

I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING CLOSELY THE DISCUSSIONS IN CONGRESS

CONCERNING THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE, AND

ESPECIALLY THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN MY COUNTRY. I HAVE

ALSO BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE CONCERNS WHICH YOUR GOVERNMENT

HAS ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS,

ESPECIALLY YOUR DOUBTS AS TO WHETHER THEY WILL BE FREE AND

FAIR.

 

MAY I RESPOND TO THESE CONCERNS BY AFFIRMING TO YOU, MR.

PRESIDENT, OUR SENSE OF COMMON BELIEF AND COMMITMENT WITH

THE GOVERNMENT, CONGRESS AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA ON ALL FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF GOOD

GOVERNANCE AND OTHER VEXING CONCERNS OF OUR TIME. WE WISH

TO BUILD OUR RELATIONS WITH YOUR COUNTRY UPON THIS BASIS.

 

MY GOVERNMENT AND PARTY WISH FURTHER TO AFFIRM TO YOU OUR

BELIEF IN AND COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY, GOOD GOVERNANCE,

PRESS FREEDOM, FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, ECONOMIC

PROSPERITY, ANTI-TERRORISM, THE RULE OF LAW AND THE

SEPARATION OF POWERS BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE, JUDICIARY AND

THE LEGISLATURE. WE BELIEVE FIRMLY IN CONSTITUTIONAL

GOVERNANCE. NOTHING IN OUR POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES WILL

NEGATE THESE FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS DURING OUR TERM OF OFFICE.

 

AS REGARDS THE FORTHCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, I WISH

TO ALLAY ANY DOUBTS AND ANXIETIES YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THEIR

CONDUCT BY AFFIRMING TO YOU THAT MY GOVERNMENT AND PARTY

WILL TAKE ALL ACTIONS NECESSARY AND DESIRABLE UNDER OUR

LAWS TO ENSURE THAT THE ELECTIONS ARE FREE AND FAIR, AND

ESPECIALLY TO ENSURE THAT EVERY VOTER IS ENABLED TO MAKE A

FREE AND FEARLESS CHOICE OF WHOM THEY WANT AS THEIR NEXT

PRESIDENT. AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, MR. ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE

WILL BE MY PARTY’S CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT.

IT IS OUR ASSESSMENT THAT HE REMAINS THE BEST HOPE FOR OUR

COUNTRY AND THAT THE PEOPLE WILL CAST THEIR VERDICT IN HIS

FAVOUR.

 

MR. MUGABE NEEDS YOUR GOOD WISHES. HE SEEKS YOUR

ASSISTANCE ESPECIALLY IN THE CONDEMNATION OF ALL THOSE

ELEMENTS IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, LOCAL AND FOREIGN, WHO

SEEM BENT ON PURSUING THEIR POLITICAL AMBITIONS THROUGH

ACTS OF TERROR. MY GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE RALLY SOLIDLY

BEHIND YOUR CONDEMNATION OF ALL THOSE WHO SPONSOR AND GIVE

COMFORT TO TERRORISM.

 

FINALLY, I WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT MY GOVERNMENT WILL

INVITE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, INSTITUTIONS AND PROMINENT

INDIVIDUALS TO COME AND OBSERVE THE ELECTORAL PROCESS

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. YOUR

GOVERNMENT IS OBVIOUSLY AMONG THE GOVERNMENTS THAT

IMMEDIATELY COME TO OUR MIND AS WE CONSIDER WHO SHOULD

OBSERVE OUR ELECTIONS.

 

WHILE THE SITUATIONS IN OUR COUNTRIES ARE NOT IDENTICAL, I

AM OF THE FIRM BELIEF THAT WE CAN HAVE, AS I BELIEVE WE DO

ALREADY, A SHARED COMMITMENT TO THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABLE

GOVERNMENTS, THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, THE RULE

OF LAW, FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS AND ANTI-TERRORISM. WE

WILL PLAY OUR PART IN FULL TO REALIZE THESE GOALS.

 

KINDLY ACCEPT, MR. PRESIDENT, MY GOOD WISHES TO YOU FOR

YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH AND THE ASSURANCES OF MY HIGHEST

REGARD.

 

SIMON MUZENDA

ACTING PRESIDENT

 

END TEXT.

 

3. (C) COMMENT: IN THE CONVOLUTED LOGIC OF ZIMBABWE, THE

GOZ APPEARS TO HAVE WAITED UNTIL PRESIDENT MUGABE LEFT FOR

 

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

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INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE

AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA IMMEDIATE

 

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 003635

 

SIPDIS

 

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER

ADDIS ABABA PLEASE PASS TO A/S KANSTEINER

 

E.O. 12958: DECL. 12/05/11

TAGS: OPDC PREL ZI

SUBJECT: LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH FROM ACTING PRESIDENT

MUZENDA

 

MADRID FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT BY AN EYE SPECIALIST IN ORDER

TO AVOID THE APPEARANCE OF MUGABE ASKING FOR FAVORS AND THE

POSSIBILITY OF REBUFF. WHILE THE ARGUMENTS ARE NEITHER NEW

NOR CONVINCING, THE LETTER SHOWS A GOZ STILL SEEKING

IMPROVED RELATIONS WITH THE U.S., EVEN AS IT WRITES OFF THE

E.U. AND SOUTH AFRICA.

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SULLIVAN

 

CONFIDENTIAL

 

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