WikiLeaks: Museveni told the US that Mugabe is dull and a pile of embarrassment
IN the latest damning WikiLeak leaks, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told a senior United States government official that Zimbabwe's faltering economy and Mugabe's poor understanding of the private sector were at the root of Zimbabwe's political problems.
According to the WikiLeak leaks, Museveni advised the United States Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer that a discussion of the economy would provide an entry point to tell Mugabe that he has failed and is embarrassing liberation leaders.
He also noted that Mugabe is unwilling to take calls from most African leaders saying they are not his age-mates.
Museveni told A/S Frazer that he spoke to Zimbabwean President Mugabe by telephone after the first round of elections. During his call, Mugabe told Museveni he was confident he would win in the second round of elections.
Mugabe told Museveni he did not want election monitors from countries that were "hostile" to Zimbabwe, but wouldn’t mind observers from other countries. A/S Frazer thought thousands of monitors were necessary, especially in rural areas, to encourage people to vote. A/S Frazer advised Museveni that she would ask the U.S. Ambassador in Zimbabwe how many elections monitors he believes are needed.
On June 13, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer met with Ugandan President Museveni in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where Museveni was attending his son’s graduation from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
President Museveni and A/S Frazer discussed military action against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libyan involvement in sub-Saharan African politics, and the political stalemate in Zimbabwe. President Museveni, A/S Frazer, and the State Department Country Officer for Uganda were present.
Zimbabwe is among 10 countries that have the highest number of leaked US diplomatic cables in the possession of WikiLeaks.
The whistleblower website is holding 2 998 cables on Zimbabwe, with 39 of the leaked documents under the category of “secret”. 1 542 are categorised as “classified” while 1 417 are in the “unclassified” category.
Analysts in Harare say the cables — including one by former US ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell that virtually portrayed Washington as the hand guiding Zimbabwean opposition politics — will give Mugabe the excuse to crackdown on opponents ahead of elections expected next year.
In the last few years, Museveni and President Mugabe have been working hard to find common ground after years of animosity during the Great Lakes War.
In 1998, the two leaders had an open bitter exchange of words in Paris during a conference of African statesmen hosted by former French President Jacques Chirac.
DRC leader the late Laurent Kabila had accused Museveni and Kagame of Rwanda of a hidden plot to build a Hima-Tutsi empire.
"That Bizumungu you see over there," Kabila spits the words with disdain "he is a Hutu and just a figure head. Real power lies with Paul Kagame, his vice president. So there is no reason for Bizimungu to even sit in this meeting with other heads of state when he is only a personal assistant to Kagame."
Museveni interjects saying the meeting should discuss more serious issues.
Mugabe is pissed at this talk of ‘more serious issues’ and says the threat of a Hima-Tutsi empire is a real and serious issue; in tones that suggest he is convinced it is even the only issue that should be discussed here today. "I have always heard that you are a very intelligent and popular man," Mugabe tells Museveni right into his face, "I now think your intelligence is quite exaggerated."
And with that, the old man walks out of the meeting in protest, wagging his finger at Museveni and vowing to "fight to the death" against the "creation of a Hima-Tutsi empire."
QADDAFI’S AU LEADERSHIP
In wikileak’s leaked report, President Museveni said Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi "is a problem" for the continent and is pushing for the creation of a "United States of Africa" to be governed by one president. Museveni thought Qadhafi’s plan is neither feasible nor desirable, given cultural and linguistic differences across the continent.
Rather than the development of a unitary African state, Museveni said he is pushing Qaddafi and other African leaders to develop regional political federations and markets that support common objectives.
Museveni indicated to A/S Frazer that Qaddafi continues to "intimidate" small African countries through bribes and other pressure. As a result of Libya’s actions, small West African countries have been afraid to participate fully or speak out during international meetings at the United Nations, African Union, and other forums.
Museveni noted that tensions with Qaddafi are growing and as a result, and he worries that Qadhafi will attack his plane while flying over international airspace. Museveni requested that the USG and GOU coordinate to provide additional air radar information when he flies over international waters.
On the subject of the AU under Qadhafi’s leadershiop, PS Mamba mentioned his amusement at receiving a diplomatic note with Kaddafi’s new title as King of Culture.
He alleged that Qaddafi has put the AU secretariat into chaos, by-passing all protocol and the institutional framework. He dismissed Qadhafi’s call for a United States of Africa, saying SADC has been explicit in their rebuttal of this idea, and moving one country in one direction is hard enough, much less moving 48 countries.
In July this year, The Zimbabwe Mail was the only African media house to report a story that there was drama in Kampala when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi almost exchanged blows during a heated argument on the last day of the 15th African Union Summit in Uganda.
From the begining of the Summit, the two leaders argued on almosts everything on agenda as Gaddafi pushed for his United African States agenda which Museveni and other Sub-Saharan leaders are saying is a plot to spread Islam.
On the last day, the Libyan leader pushed too far his Ugandan counter-part who cracked and jumped from his chair confronting and gesturing towards the bemused Gaddafi.
A day before the Kampala African Union Summitt opened, there was drama when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s Presidential guards were involved in fist-fight with Ugandan Presidential guards in a huge brawl.
It was reported that Uganda privately accused Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of involvement in terrorism attacks in which two suicide bomb killed 76 people as they watched the World Cup final in Kampala.
So at the Summit, Ugandan Presidential guards didn’t want Gaddafi’s guards closer to African Heads of State at the Summit as a security precaution, but Gaddafi’s sidekicks were having none of it and as a result a huge row errupted.
The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has also made controversial remarks calling for Nigeria to be divided, and some in Nigeria have fingered him violence between Christians and Moslems which have left hundreds dead.
Meanwhile, wikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was on Tuesday refused bail by a court in London but vowed to fight extradition to Sweden where he is wanted over claims he sexually assaulted two women.
Denying Assange bail, Judge Howard Riddle said the 39-year old Australian was a flight risk and should therefore be kept in custody. He returns to court on December 14.
Swedish authorities say they want to question Assange – who was arrested in London on Tuesday after voluntarily walking into a police station – in connection with four allegations.
The first charge against Assange is that on the night of August 14 in Stockholm he used his body weight to hold down in a sexual manner a woman only identified to the court as Miss A.
In the second charge, Assange is accused of sexually molesting Miss A by having sex with her without a condom when it was her "express wish" one should be used, while the third allegation is that the WikiLeaks man again "deliberately molested" Miss A on August 18 "in a way designed to violate her sexual integrity".
The fourth charge against Assange is of having sex with a second woman, Miss W, on August 17 without a condom while she was asleep at her Stockholm home.
Assange, who is expected to make a second application for bail, denies all the charges that his lawyer described as politically motivated after the disclosure of the secret and confidential cables filed by US ambassadors across the world to the State Department in Washington.
The cables have embarrassed the US and are feared could even jeorpadise cooperation between Washington and other governments.
Meanwhile a WikiLeaks spokesman has said the arrest of Assange was an attack on media freedom while vowing to continue publishing more US cables regardless of what transpires in Assange’s case.
The spokesman, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said: "WikiLeaks is operational. We are continuing on the same track as laid out before. Any development with regards to Julian Assange will not change the plans we have with regards to the releases today and in the coming days."