Zanu PF ‘Zaire-ises’ Zim — WikiLeaks

October 11, 2011 2:21 pm 0 comments

Wongai Zhangazha

 

ZANU PF hard-liners were accused by the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe of delaying efforts by the banking sector to devalue the Zimbabwean dollar for exporters so that they could enrich themselves.

According to a cable released by WikiLeaks dated February 19 2003, former Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president Washington Matsaire said he feared decision-paralysis in the government unless it modified its economic policies.

 

 

The “hard-liners” were named as Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, Agriculture minister Joseph Made, former Information minister Jonathan Moyo and former Public Works minister Ignatius Chombo. Matsaire, who is the Standard Chartered Bank chief executive officer, told former US ambassador to Zimbabwe Joseph Sullivan that the government’s once formidable infrastructure would be irreparably damaged if policies were not changed. He told Sullivan that “Mugabe’s inner-circle hawks” were ignoring the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) agreement as well as the CZI’s proposal to devalue the Zimbabwe dollar for exporters.

 

The TNF is a coalition body comprising government, business and labour representatives. “Hardliners Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, Agriculture minister Joseph Made, Information minister Jonathan Moyo and Public Works minister Ignatius Chombo are either still enriching themselves from the government’s interventionist policies (often accessing US dollars at the official rate) or unwilling to press (President Robert) Mugabe to make a change,” read the cable.

 

“This has led to decision-making paralysis particularly frustrating because CZI’s leadership believed it had convinced all the key players of the need to devalue,” it reads. “Matsaire notices increasing infrastructure and even moral decay in Zimbabwe, symptoms of the economic crisis that may become permanent by the year’s end. An every-man-for-himself dictum is taking grip of a society that once exalted community.”

 

The banker bemoaned the level of the economic crisis that had created unmotivated teachers and “bribe-hungry policemen with an audacity unthinkable just five years ago. The brain-drain is so severe that it is no longer possible to fill certain professional positions at Standard Chartered despite the country’s high unemployment. Indigenous fuel companies clandestinely send their supply of heavily-subsidised fuel to neighbouring countries.

 

In sum, Matsaire thinks Zimbabwe is gradually being “Zaire-ised”, a reference to Mobutu Sese Seko’s misrule in today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo,” says the cable. Meanwhile, another cable sent in 2003 listed several Zanu PF members who had helped themselves to farms revealing massive corruption in the land reform programme.

 

The list included Chombo, Home Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi and his wife, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Mines minister Obert Mpofu and Moyo, among others. Air force commander Air Marshall Perrence Shiri and police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena were also cited as beneficiaries.


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