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Cablegate: Mdc's Tsvangirai Briefs Diplomats On Mdc

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV ASEC ZI
SUBJECT: MDC'S TSVANGIRAI BRIEFS DIPLOMATS ON MDC
RECONCILIATION, ELECTIONS, SADC TALKS, AND JANUARY 23 MARCH

REF: HARARE 67

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SUMMARY
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1. (SBU) At a diplomatic briefing on January 24 attended by
the Ambassador, MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai said that
March elections were logistically impossible, and had already
been sufficiently rigged to assure a ZANU-PF victory.
Tsvangirai said the two MDC factions had agreed in principle

SIPDIS
to form an electoral coalition; this, along with a decision
as to whether or not to contest the elections, would be
announced next week. Tsvangirai also discussed his arrest
yesterday and the aborted march. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) At a diplomatic briefing on January 24 attended by
the Ambassador, MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai confirmed
(Reftel) that the two MDC factions had agreed in principle to
work as an electoral coalition. Details were being worked
out and he expected a public announcement at the end of next
week. Tsvangirai also said a decision on whether or not to
boycott the upcoming elections would be reached at about the
same time.

3. (SBU) On the issue of elections, Tsvangirai averred that
Zimbabwe did not have the administrative capacity to hold
elections by the end of March. Further, it would be
extremely difficult for ZANU-PF and the MDC to select and
field candidates in over 200 parliamentary constituencies and
for over 2000 local offices. The delimitation report had
just been finalized; the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission did
not yet have a copy. Tsvangirai concluded it would be
"absurd" to kick start an election two weeks from now when a
date was expected to be set.

4. (SBU) Regardless of whether the MDC participated in the
elections, Tsvangirai told diplomats that the election had
already been rigged and the outcome predetermined. As an
example, he pointed out that there are over one million
potential new voters who have turned 18 in the last several
years who authorities were not permitting to register.
Without a postponement of elections to allow a new
constitution and reforms to take hold, a free and fair
election was impossible.

5. (SBU) Tsvangirai said the SADC process was virtually
over. At the outset, South African president Mbeki and SADC
had assured the MDC that the process would lead to acceptable
elections. The MDC had made concessions, including on
Amendment 18, in a spirit of compromise. But Zimbabwean
president Mugabe was intransigent, and SADC had no capacity
to take a position against Mugabe if he remained so.

6. (SBU) Tsvangirai said the MDC would continue to
demonstrate and march in an effort to mobilize its
supporters, but it was struggling without resources. He
urged the international community to determine how it could
support the democratic movement in Zimbabwe.

7. (SBU) Finally, Tsvangirai confirmed the details of his
arrest and the march as reported reftel. Yesterday morning,
at about 4:00 a.m., he was asked to drive himself to a police
station. He was detained for four hours and asked for
assurances that the planned march would be peaceful. He was
not mistreated.

8. (SBU) The MDC had followed the appropriate legal process
by notifying police of the march and had received permission
for it to take place. When permission was rescinded, the MDC

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had appealed to a magistrate. The magistrate had ordered
that MDC supporters be allowed to move from MDC headquarters
to the rally site. When they did so, police used tear gas
and beat several individuals. Two or three people were
temporarily hospitalized and several were arrested and
released.

MCGEE

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