MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai used a state visit to the United States to find ways of ousting President Mugabe, a confidential cable released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks revealed.
Mr. Tsvangirai had travelled to the US with a delegation comprising Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi.
Minister Mzembi was barred from discussion with US officials including President Barack Obama.
It has now emerged that one of the reasons why Cde Mzembi was barred was because Tsvangirai was discussing regime change options with the US administration.
The confidential cable entitled “A/S CARSON’S MEETING WITH BOTSWANA’S VICE PRESIDENT MOMPATI MERAFHE TRIPOLI” released last week quotes United State’s chief African diplomat, Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson confirming the meeting and insinuating that it would be difficult to remove President Mugabe.
Carson met with Mr. Tsvangirai during the visit and the White House barred the media from asking the Zimbabwe delegation any questions after the meeting, although it had earlier been announced that a question and answer session with the Press would follow the discussions.
The confidential cable read: “Carson noted that POTUS saw Zimbabwe Prime Minister Tsvangirai during his recent travel to Washington, and said that helping the Prime Minister without aiding Mugabe will be a challenge.
The cable also reveals that the US government was working directly with non-governmental organisations in Zimbabwe to effect regime change.
“Carson also said that the USG (US Government) would … continue to channel foreign assistance… through non-governmental organizations.”
“USG… democracy and governance programs in Zimbabwe will all continue under the USG foreign assistance program.
The United States also wanted to use the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) to “increase pressure on Zimbabwe for (President) Mugabe to exit”.
During Tsvangirai’s visit, President Obama referred to a “partnership with Prime Minister Tsvangirai” instead of with the Government of Zimbabwe.
He also announced that his government would be giving US$73 million to selected non-governmental organisations.