Jonathan Moyo says violence begets violence

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo said violence begets violence and talk about phantom violence in Zimbabwe could only encourage unscrupulous elements, among them ex-Rhodesians belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change to instigate violence in the hope of using it as a political platform.

Moyo was commenting on sentiments by Acting United States Secretary of State for African Affairs William Bellamy that the US congress and administration were concerned about the level of violence in Zimbabwe.

“We are totally against violence and that is why we are the most peaceful country in the region,” Moyo was quoted by the State-owned daily, The Herald, as saying.

“The time has come for people like Mr Bellamy to identify violence where it is and it is certainly not in Zimbabwe because we will not allow it,” Moyo said.

 

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01HARARE2793

2001-09-24 06:05

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.

 

240605Z Sep 01

 

 

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9790

INFO NSC WASHDC

AMEMBASSY KAMPALA

AMEMBASSY ABUJA

AMCONSUL CAPE TOWN

AMEMBASSY PRETORIA

AMEMBASSY LUSAKA

AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK

AMEMBASSY GABORONE

AMEMBASSY LILONGWE

AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 002793

 

SIPDIS

 

AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/P,

INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM

SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT BELLAMY ON DEMOCRACY BILL AFTER

TERROR ATTACKS; HARARE

 

 

1.   THE INDEPENDENT DAILY "THE DAILY NEWS" AND THE

GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED DAILY "THE HERALD" COVERED THE

SEPTEMBER 20 AMERICAN EMBASSY TELEVISION INTERACTIVE

CENTERING ON AFRICAN DIPLOMACY AFTER THE TERROR ATTACKS

IN THE U. S. WITH MR. WILLIAM M. BELLAMY, ACTING

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS.

CONCENTRATING ON BELLAMY'S RESPONSES TO A QUESTION

REGARDING THE FATE OF THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND

ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS AND

THE ABUJA ACCORD RAISED BY MARVELOUS MAPININGA, DEPUTY

NEWS EDITOR OF "THE HERALD" (WHO ALSO COVERED THE FRANK

AND LIVELY DISCUSSION PROGRAM), THE SEPTEMBER 21

EDITIONS OF THE TWO NEWSPAPERS CARRIED THE FOLLOWING

ARTICLES:

 

2.   UNDER HEADLINE "U. S. ACTION ON MUGABE IMMINENT,"

THE LEAD ARTICLE IN THE "DAILY NEWS" BY THE PAPER'S

CHIEF REPORTER CONRAD NYAMUTATA READS:

 

"THE U.S., STILL SMARTING FROM FATAL TERRORIST

ATTACKS LAST WEEK, SAYS DESPITE THE TRAGEDY, IT

WOULD STILL TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION AGAINST

ZIMBABWE BECAUSE OF RECURRENT STATE-SPONSORED

VIOLENCE. SPEAKING FROM WASHINGTON VIA SATELLITE

YESTERDAY, WILLIAM BELLAMY, THE U. S. ACTING

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS,

VIRTUALLY SIGNALED THE IMPENDING IMPOSITION OF

SANCTIONS AGAINST ZIMBABWE UNLESS THE SITUATION

CHANGED. HE WAS RESPONDING TO A QUESTION ON THE

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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FATE OF THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC

RECOVERY BILL, AFTER TERRORIST ATTACKS IN WHICH

HIJACKERS ON THREE CIVILIAN PLANES RAMMED INTO THE

WORLD TRADE CENTER AND THE PENTAGON, WHILE A FOURTH

CRASHED INTO THE GROUND ON 11 SEPTEMBER. THE BILL,

SEEKING TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON ZIMBABWE, WAS TO BE

TABLED BEFORE CONGRESS THIS MONTH. 'I CAN'T SAY

WHAT ACTION CONGRESS WILL TAKE ON THAT PIECE OF

LEGISLATION,' HE SAID, 'BUT CONCERN IN THE U. S.

OVER EVENTS IN ZIMBABWE REMAINS HIGH.' BELLAMY,

ACCUSING THE MUGABE GOVERNMENT OF FOMENTING

LAWLESSNESS, SAID ACTION AGAINST ZIMBABWE WAS

ALMOST CERTAIN. 'WE ARE CONCERNED BY THE VIOLENCE

ORCHESTRATED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE, AND THE

POLITICAL REPRESSION,' HE SAID. 'THE CONCERNS

REMAIN FOREMOST. AND I MUST SAY THERE IS CONSENSUS

BETWEEN THE U. S. ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS FOR

AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE ON

ZIMBABWE. . . .'"

 

3.   UNDER HEADLINE "U. S. SECRETARY OF STATE REFUSES

TO DISCUSS ABUJA PACT," THE "HERALD" PUBLISHED

FOLLOWING ARTICLE BY MARVELOUS MANIPININGA ON PAGE

TWO:

 

"THE ACTING U. S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR

AFRICAN AFFAIRS, MR. WILLIAM BELLAMY, YESTERDAY

REFUSED TO TALK ABOUT THE LANDMARK ABUJA AGREEMENT,

PREFERRING INSTEAD TO FOCUS ON VIOLENCE IN ZIMBABWE

WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS PHANTOM BY THE

GOVERNMENT. SPEAKING FROM WASHINGTON DURING A TELE-

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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CONFERENCE WITH JOURNALISTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA,

NIGERIA, UGANDA AND ZIMBABWE, MR. BELLAMY SAID THE

U. S. CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION WERE CONCERNED

WITH THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE IN THE COUNTRY. THE

MINISTER OF STATE FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY,

PROFESSOR JONATHAN MOYO, SAID THE LANGUAGE ABOUT

VIOLENCE COMING FROM MR. BELLAMY WAS 'MOST

UNHELPFUL.' 'VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE AND THE TALK

ABOUT PHANTOM VIOLENCE IN ZIMBABWE CAN ONLY

ENCOURAGE UNSCRUPULOUS ELEMENTS, AMONG THEM EX-

RHODESIANS BELONGING TO THE MDC (MOVEMENT FOR

DEMOCRATIC CHANGE), TO INSTIGATE VIOLENCE IN THE

HOPE OF USING IT AS A POLITICAL PLATFORM. . .WE ARE

TOTALLY AGAINST VIOLENCE AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE THE

MOST PEACEFUL COUNTRY IN THE REGION. . .THE TIME

HAS COME FOR PEOPLE LIKE MR. BELLAMY TO IDENTIFY

VIOLENCE WHERE IT IS AND IT IS CERTAINLY NOT IN

ZIMBABWE BECAUSE WE WILL NOT ALLOW IT,' SAID

PROFESSOR MOYO. . .(HE), HOWEVER, SAID FAIR-MINDED

OBSERVERS WOULD BE SHOCKED AND DISAPPOINTED BY MR.

BELLAMY'S REFUSAL TO COMMENT ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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P 240605Z SEP 01

FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9791

INFO NSC WASHDC

AMEMBASSY KAMPALA

AMEMBASSY ABUJA

AMCONSUL CAPE TOWN

AMEMBASSY PRETORIA

AMEMBASSY LUSAKA

AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK

AMEMBASSY GABORONE

AMEMBASSY LILONGWE

AMEMBASSY LONDON

 

UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 002793

 

SIPDIS

 

AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/P,

INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM

SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT BELLAMY ON DEMOCRACY BILL AFTER

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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TERROR ATTACKS; HARARE

 

EVENT AS THE ABUJA AGREEMENT. . . ."

 

ROTH

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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