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Tsvangirai and Biti described as Uncle Toms

Movement for Democratic Change leaders Morgan Tsvangirai, Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti and Sekai Holland were described as Uncle Toms who would be judged by history for the evil they had unleashed on the people of Zimbabwe because they had allegedly advocated for sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The four leaders were lambasted by The Herald soon after the passage of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act in the United States.

“The sanctions bill sponsored by the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) has finally succeeded in passing both Houses of the American congress,” The Herald said. “It will go down in history as the biggest betrayal against the people of Zimbabwe by its own sons and daughters.

“Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC leader), Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti, Sekai Holland and the rest of the Uncle Toms shall be judged by history for the evil they have unleashed upon the people of Zimbabwe.

“In all honesty, does he (Tsvangirai) believe that the Americans care a hoot about democracy in Zimbabwe…?”

 

Full cable:


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01HARARE3648

2001-12-07 09:30

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.

 

070930Z Dec 01

 

 

 

UNCLASSIFIED     PTQ4516

 

PAGE 01       HARARE 03648 071025Z

ACTION INR-00

 

INFO LOG-00   NP-00   AF-00   A-00     ACQ-00   CIAE-00 DODE-00

DS-00   EUR-00   UTED-00 VC-00   TEDE-00 LAB-01   VCE-00

NSAE-00 TEST-00 USIE-00 IIP-00   DSCC-00 DRL-02   NFAT-00

SAS-00     /003W

——————48466B 071025Z /38

FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0485

INFO NSC WASHDC

AMEMBASSY PRETORIA

AMEMBASSY LUSAKA

AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK

AMEMBASSY GABORONE

AMEMBASSY LILONGWE

AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 003648

 

SIPDIS

 

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

SWANN, INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM

SUBJECT: STATE-OWNED MEDIA CONDEMN ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY

BILL

 

 

1.   STATE-OWNED MEDIA REPORTING ON THE HOUSE PASSAGE

OF THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT

(ZDERA) REFLECTS IS CRITICAL OF THE BILL. THE MAIN

POINTS MADE BY THE STATE-OWNED BROADCAST AND PRINT

MEDIA ARE THAT:

–   ZDERA IS A SANCTIONS BILL THAT WILL HURT THE

PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE;

–   CREATION AND PASSAGE OF ZDERA WAS ENGINEERED BY

THE OPPOSITION MDC PARTY, THE BRITISH, COMMERCIAL

FARMERS AND A RANGE OF OTHER PERCEIVED ENEMIES;

–   ZDERA IS AN UNJUSTIFIABLE ATTACK ON ZIMBABWEAN

SOVEREIGNTY;

–   THE US DID NOT CONSULT WITH THE GOZ PRIOR TO

PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

 

2.   THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED DAILY “THE HERALD”

DEDICATED ITS DECEMBER 7 EDITORIAL TO COMMENT ON THE

ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT (ZDERA).

UNDER HEADLINE “BETRAYAL BY THE INDIGENOUS,” THE PAPER

COMMENTS:

 

3.   “THE SANCTIONS BILL SPONSORED BY THE MOVEMENT OF

DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC) HAS FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN

PASSING BOTH HOUSES OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS. IT

WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE BIGGEST BETRAYAL

AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE BY ITS OWN SONS AND

DAUGHTERS. . . MORGAN TSVANGIRAI (MDC LEADER),

WELSHMAN NCUBE, TENDAI BITI, SEKAI HOLLAND AND THE

REST OF THE UNCLE TOMS SHALL BE JUDGED BY HISTORY

FOR THE EVIL THEY HAVE UNLEASHED UPON THE PEOPLE OF

ZIMBABWE. . . IN ALL HONESTY, DOES HE (TSVANGIRAI)

BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICANS CARE A HOOT ABOUT

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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DEMOCRACY IN ZIMBABWE? OF COURSE NOT. NEITHER DO

THE AMERICANS HAVE A FIGHT WITH ZIMBABWE. IT IS

THE BRITISH WHO ARE BEYOND (SIC) THE WHOLE SORDID

BILL. . . . “

SULLIVAN

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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