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Tsvangirai planned listening tours!

Prime Minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai said he would tour the country talking to people about his and his Movement for Democratic Change’s goals and objectives during his first 100 days in office.

He told United States ambassador to Zimbabwe James McGee that this would also serve to show donors that the MDC was taking concrete steps to move the new government forward.

He said the MDC had six core areas to address:

  1. Food and humanitarian assistance;
  2. Stabilization;
  3. Freedom and human rights;
  4. Institutional reform;
  5. Basic services; and
  6. International relations.

He said that MDC would develop detailed plans for each of these areas and there would be 30 and 60 day reviews.

Ed: All talk, but no action.


Full cable:


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2008-09-30 14:23

2011-08-30 01:44

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SUBJECT: TSVANGIRAI OUTLINES 100 DAY PLAN

 

Classified By: Ambassador James D. McGee for reason 1.4 (d)

 

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SUMMARY

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1. (C) In a September 29 meeting with the Ambassador, MDC

leader and prime minister designate Morgan Tsvangirai

outlined a plan for the new government’s first 100 days in

office. Tsvangirai also described plans for outreach to

include “listening tours” around the country and summits on

health, education, and investment. He would like to travel

to Rome to discuss the humanitarian situation with WFP, FAO,

and the Pope. To jump-start the new government, Tsvangirai

plans to request from donors a continuation of food

assistance, basic medicines, and help with water and

electricity. Tsvangirai said he expected to finalize the

power-sharing agreement with ZANU-PF and Mugabe by the end of

the week but would not be pushed into making unwise

concessions. END SUMMARY.

 

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The 100-Day Plan

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2. (C) Tsvangirai told the Ambassador an MDC strategy group

had defined six core areas for the new government to address.

These areas are:

 

1) food and humanitarian assistance;

2) stabilization;

3) freedom and human rights;

4) institutional reform;

5) basic services; and

6) international relations.

 

Tsvangirai said the MDC will develop detailed plans for each

of these areas. There will be 30 and 60 day reviews. He

acknowledged that although the MDC has a number of talented

people, it lacks technical expertise. He therefore plans to

seek technical assistance from the international community.

 

3. (C) Tsvangirai admitted that execution of the plan would

require cooperation from Mugabe and ZANU-PF. Therefore, once

it is completed, he plans to discuss it personally with

Mugabe and enlist his support. He also plans to present it

to Parliament.

 

4. (C) To secure cooperation from ZANU-PF, Tsvangirai said

he would attempt to work closely with the ministries. He

would meet as soon as possible with each ministry and set

forth his expectations. He would also hold a retreat with

all ministers and subsequently meet with them on a regular

basis.

 

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Outreach

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5. (C) Tsvangirai stated that he planned “listening tours”

around the country to talk about his and the MDC’s goals and

objectives. This would also serve to show donors the MDC was

taking concrete steps to move the new government forward.

 

6. (C) Additionally, Tsvangirai said the MDC would conduct

summits on health and education to bring together experts to

discuss these critical areas and how best to address them.

He also wanted to hold a conference for investors to present

investment opportunities.

 

7. (C) Finally, Tsvangirai told the Ambassador he would like

 

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to travel to Rome to discuss the humanitarian situation with

the WFP, FAO, and the Pope. (NOTE: According to Tsvangirai,

he had applied for a diplomatic passport and been promised

its issuance this week. END NOTE.)

 

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Assistance

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8. (C) To establish his credibility and that of the new

government, Tsvangirai argued it would be important to

provide food, basic medicines, and water and electricity. He

would look to the international community for assistance in

these areas.

 

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A Final Agreement?

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9. (C) Tsvangirai was optimistic that an agreement would be

reached this week on outstanding issues, principal of which

is the allocation of ministries. He averred he would not be

pushed into a disadvantageous deal. If an agreement could

not be reached, assistance from Thabo Mbeki, SADC, or the AU

would be welcome. Tsvangirai said he had written to Mbeki

and thought he could be helpful because of his knowledge of

the issues; Mbeki’s participation was dependent on his

support from the new South African president. Tsvangirai

accepted the Ambassador’s suggestion that AU and Tanzanian

president Kikwete could be an effective mediator.

 

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COMMENT

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10. (C) Tsvangirai’s and the MDC’s plans for governance are

important, if ambitious. As Tsvangirai admits, the MDC,

which has never governed before, lacks technical capacity.

At the same time, assuming a final agreement, he may be

overly optimistic about his ability to direct the ministries,

particularly those with ZANU-PF ministers. Nevertheless, if

Tsvangirai is to have a chance, he needs to begin acting like

a prime minister and his plans are a step in that direction.

END COMMENT.

 

MCGEE

 

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