The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation rebranded its Radio 1 to Spot FM removing what the United States embassy said was the last vestige of the Rhodesian Broadcasting Service.
President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front were not deterred by threats of sanctions from the United States, the European Union and the Commonwealth and were all out to win the 2002 presidential election at all costs, the United States embassy said.
United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Joseph Sullivan said the United States should maintain the image of defender of justice in Zimbabwe and avoid the image of big power dictation.
The Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front had become a monster which believed it was larger than life.
A United States federal court ruled that President Robert Mugabe, as the first secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front, was liable to damages related to the political violence in the run up to the 2000 parliamentary elections.
United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Joseph Sullivan’s opinion piece on the anti-terror campaign following the attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001 received wide coverage in two local papers, the Daily News and the Financial Gazette.