dell.jpgA US website, Wikileaks, has released 3 million secret American diplomatic documents, in which the United States of America’s regime change agenda in Zimbabwe has been exposed in a document cabled by former Ambassador Christopher Dell.

According to Wikileaks, the cable sent from the US embassy in 2007 entitled “The End is Nigh” reveals the US’s regime change strategy in Zimbabwe, and its hand in the 2008 harmonised elections.

Dell is quoted at that time advising the US State Department to stay on course and prepare for change in Zimbabwe.

 

The documents also revealed that fuel and food shortages were to be used as a tool for regime change.

At the peak of sanctions induced fuel and food shortages in the country, Dell was quoted saying “for the first time the president is under intensifying pressure simultaneously on the economic, political and international fronts” adding that President Mugabe was “running out of options.”

While the US is said not to have supported the inter-party talks that paved way to the inclusive government, preferring Mr Tsvangirai to take over power, the documents show that the American government largely viewed him as a weak and ineffectual leader.

The documents show that Mr Dell did not believe there were opposition politicians with leadership qualities to take over from President Mugabe.

He called the MDC “far from ideal” and was “convinced that if they had different partners other than the MDC, they could have achieved more.

The Dell documents said that the MDC-T leadership would “require massive hand-holding and assistance should they ever come to power while also being critical of the then South African president Thabo Mbeki’s facilitative role.

Dell also described Mr Tsvangirai as the indispensable element for regime change but possibly an albatross around their necks once in power and said Zimbabwe should not rely on his executive abilities to lead the country’s recovery.

He said MDC Secretary General, Professor Welshman Ncube had “proven to be a deeply divisive and destructive player in the opposition rank and pointed out that the sooner he was pushed off the stage, the better.

The US diplomat was also very critical of MDC-T Secretary General, Tendai Biti and Spokesman Nelson Chamisa, whom he said were “thin below the top ranks”.

He also described MDC leader Arthur Mutambara as a “light-weight,” who was young and ambitious, attracted to radical, anti-western rhetoric and smart as a whip.”

He further alleges that Professor Mutambara spent too much time reading US campaign material.

Meanwhile, political analyst, Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa says the Wikileaks revelations have exposed how the MDC-T has continuously taken instructions from their American sponsors at every turn.

“We have here Zimbabwean opposition leaders, going to kneel to grovel before an American maniacal diplomat, Mr Christopher Dell, who then dispatches such disparaging comments about their capacity. Really is that the way we should sink, a proud people with a long history, a proud people who fought for his country against all odds and won their independence. Are we going to grovel  before any foreigner from a superpower like Mr Dell, who then judges us in such a disparaging manner?” said Ambassador Mutsvangwa.

The MDC, which called for sanctions in collaboration with the West and its allies, is under pressure from all Zimbabweans, who have been hurt by the illegal sanctions that have all but destroyed the country’s industry and people’s livelihoods.