Mugabe to launch commission of inquiry on Tsvangirai over WikiLeaks

The aging Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe is to set up a commission of inquiry that will assess the security threats posed to the country by the stunning wilileaks revelations, a Zanu PF source said, but those in the know say basic elementary law will tell you that you won't take internet evidence floated around in the media for treason charges.\r\n

A Zimbabwe Mail reader said: "I can hire a website designer to develop a website and post documents just as on wikileaks and label them as minutes of the Zanu PF politburo . They will contain proper formatted minutes with dates ,attendees,agenda amongst other items."

"The minutes will discuss the planning of murders of opposition members and also murders already done by state securities agents under the instruction of the Junta amongst other atrocities."

"If wikileaks documents can be accepted in court just by downloading them on the internet then any documents against Zanu should also be acceptable."

"They can only be disqualified if proven not to be original. In such a case the original Politburo minutes will be required and this cannot be. The same applies for wikileaks. We need original cables from the US embassy."

"In Pakistan, a number of newspapers have been caught publishing fake WikiLeaks."

"So you think the USA will provide this to you?

"Very stupid Zanu PF thugs", he said.

"The case is buried and that’s it"

Zanu PF source said, the commission will also assess whether any laws were broken as the American government through its US Embassy in Harare sought to effect regime change in the country with the help of some Zimbabweans. 

Legal experts said the commission should assess the impact of the revelations on the country’s national economic interest, national security and the broader public interest issues.

“The commission should determine whether any laws were broken and by who and recommend the legal course of action to be taken. The commission should advise the Government on how to respond to the cables published by WikiLeaks,” said a top legal expert who refused to be named.

Another legal expert who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was possible for President Mugabe to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate Mr Tsvangirai on treason charges.

“He (Mr Tsvangirai) took an oath of office which does not permit him to commit the treasonous offence he has committed. President Mugabe has an obligation to set up a commission of inquiry,” he said.

“Mr Tsvangirai has shown to the whole country that he has his own agenda against the country’s economic interests and the people of Zimbabwe. His private calls for more sanctions against the same country of whose Government he is a member.” He added: “There is a clear indication that Mr Tsvangirai was from the outset against the prosperity of the nation as a whole.

“In the event that President Mugabe sets up a commission of inquiry, it will be made up of legal, financial and political experts who will give the President opinions on the treasonous offences committed by Mr Tsvangirai.”

The legal expert, however, hinted that there were chances that Mr Tsvangirai was violating the country’s Constitution knowing fully well that the GPA provided for the post of Prime Minister.

A top official in the Attorney-General’s office said Mr Tsvangirai deserved immediate prosecution.

“The people of Zimbabwe should not only look up to President Robert Mugabe to take action against Mr Tsvangirai, as it is now clear to them that he committed treason and should be charged by the laws of the land and the people. Sanctions imposed by the West have crippled the entire economy and Mr Tsvangirai as a member of the Government and the Executive goes behind its back to ask for more sanctions that will hurt ordinary Zimbabweans, it’s unacceptable.

It is every citizen’s obligation to uphold the laws of the country but when a Prime Minister breaks the law he should be arrested and brought before the courts,” said the official. He said there was urgent need for Mr Tsvangirai to make a public apology, since his actions are causing untold suffering among Zimbabweans. The legal experts rapped the US Embassy in Harare saying the revelations by WikiLeaks showed that the mission has over the past decade been trying to effect regime change instead of promoting international relations between Harare and Washington.

“The embassy has been here and continues to be here for the past decade to effect regime change using the MDC as the principal tool. There are more cables to come and we are expecting worse things but one thing that is consistent so far is the regime change agenda by the US government,” said one expert.

The expert said even other US embassies in Sadc and even East Africa were working together with the Harare Embassy to effect regime change. Zanu-PF Politburo member Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said the WikiLeaks shocks are nothing but a major revelation of treasonable acts.

He said the WikiLeaks cables also prove what Western imperialists have sought to achieve since the country attained independence.

“WikiLeaks cables are nothing but a major revelation of treasonable acts, which should not be taken lightly by a sovereign state and its people,” he said.

“Since 1980, when the country gained its independence, America and Britain have never put to rest their agenda of toppling Zimbabwe’s democratically elected Government.

“The WikiLeaks cables confirm what we learnt during the armed struggle about imperialists’ infiltration and the use of counter-revolutionaries through embassies in different countries.”

In one of the cables published by WikiLeaks Mr Tsvangirai is said to have called for the partial lifting of sanctions — “without giving the impression that we are rewarding lack of progress or bad behaviour”.

Another cable dated July 13 2007, reveals that the US has been working with the MDC-T to effect regime change in Zimbabwe. Former US ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Christopher Dell wrote to Washington saying th MDC-T was not an “ideal” conduit to its programme, as it lacked able leaders.

He said there was no opposition to Zanu-PF and President Mugabe. The communication — titled “The End is Nigh” — to the US State Department and other diplomatic missions was on July 13, 2007 and gave Dell’s assessment of how the 2008 elections were likely to go. Dell said MDC-T leader Mr Morgan

Tsvangirai was, however, useful for American purposes in Zimbabwe.

He lamented: “Zimbabwe’s opposition is far from ideal and I leave convinced that had we had different partners, we could have achieved more already. But you have to play the hand you’re dealt.”

Dell said the MDC leadership had little executive experience and would “require massive hand-holding and assistance should they ever come to power”.
Dell described Mr Tsvangirai as a “flawed figure” who was “not readily open to advice, indecisive and with questionable judgment in selecting those around him”.

“He is the indispensable element for opposition success, but possibly an albatross around their necks once in power. In short, he is a kind of Lech Walesa character: Zimbabwe needs him, but should not rely on his executive abilities to lead the country’s recovery.”

Walesa, also a former trade unionist, was largely built up by the West to take charge of Polish politics in opposition to communism during the Cold War.