ZIDERA meant to punish Zimbabwe for doing the right thing


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The Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act, which was being drafted by the United States government, was meant to punish Zimbabwe for doing the right thing- redistributing land equally among all citizens irrespective of colour, religion or political affiliation, the Herald said.

The paper said it was clear that the bill had come about as a result of President Robert Mugabe’s uncompromising stance on the land issue. Anything else that was said, including perceived violations of human rights and lack of rule of law, was just a smoke-screen to cover the real purpose of the bill.

 

Full cable:

Viewing cable 01HARARE2361, MEDIA REACTION ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY BILL; HARARE

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Released

Classification

Origin

01HARARE2361

2001-08-09 13:43

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.

 

 

 

 

UNCLASSIFIED     PTQ3233

 

PAGE 01       HARARE 02361 091342Z

ACTION INR-00

 

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

——————0FC696 091342Z /38

FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9432

INFO NSC WASHDC

AMEMBASSY PRETORIA

AMEMBASSY LUSAKA

AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK

AMEMBASSY GABORONE

AMEMBASSY LILONGWE

AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 002361

 

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 REACTION ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY BILL; HARARE

 

1.   UNDER HEADLINE “U. S. DEMOCRACY BILL DRACONIAN: IN

WHOSE INTEREST IS THE LEGISLATION?,” THE AUGUST 7 EDITION

UNCLASSIFIED

 

PAGE 02       HARARE 02361 091342Z

OF THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED DAILY ‘THE HERALD’ CARRIED A

LENGTHY FEATURE ARTICLE THAT WAS CRITICAL OF THE BILL.

EXCERPTS FOLLOW:

 

2.   “. . .IN WHOSE INTEREST WAS THE BILL PASSED. . .? IT

IS CLEAR THAT THE BILL HAS COME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF

PRESIDENT MUGABE’S UNCOMPROMISING STANCE ON THE LAND

ISSUE, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS SAID, INCLUDING

PERCEIVED VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND LACK OF RULE OF

LAW, IS JUST A SMOKE-SCREEN TO COVER THE REAL PURPOSE OF

THE BILL. THE CONTROVERSIAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS

MEANT TO PUNISH ZIMBABWE FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR

ITS PEOPLE – REDISTRIBUTING LAND EQUALLY AMONG ALL

CITIZENS IRRESPECTIVE OF COLOR, RELIGION OR POLITICAL

AFFILIATION. . . .”

 

HOOKS

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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