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Cablegate: Media Reaction Zdera; Harare

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

061251Z Feb 02


UNCLASSIFIED PTO5251

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ACTION AF-00

INFO LOG-00 AID-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 SRPP-00 EB-00 EUR-00
UTED-00 VC-00 H-01 TEDE-00 INR-00 IO-00 L-00
AC-01 NSAE-00 NSCE-00 OIC-02 OMB-01 PA-00 PM-00
PRS-00 ACE-00 P-00 SP-00 SS-00 STR-00 TRSE-00
T-00 USIE-00 PMB-00 PRM-00 DRL-02 G-00 SAS-00
/007W
------------------62F208 061653Z /29
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0883
INFO NSC WASHDC
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
AMEMBASSY GABORONE
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 000323

SIPDIS

AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/RA,
INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ZDERA; HARARE


1. UNDER HEADLINE "WHERE IS THE PATRIOTISM OF THE
ZANU PF LEADERSHIP?" THE INDEPENDENT DAILY "THE DAILY
NEWS" DEDICATED ITS FEBRUARY 6 EDITORIAL TO A WARNING
THAT THE CHILDREN OF GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND
OFFICIALS STUDYING ABROAD COULD, BE AFFECTED BY
ASPECTS OF THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC
RECOVERY BILL. EXCERPTS FOLLOW:

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2. "IN PRINCIPLE, ANY SUGGESTION THAT PUNISHMENT
PRESCRIBED FOR THE SINS COMMITTED BY A PARENT SHOULD
BE VISITED ON THE CHILD SHOULD BE MORALLY REPUGNANT.
THE PUNITIVE MEASURES ENVISAGED IN THE ZIMBABWE
DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY (ACT)(ZDERA) RECENTLY
PASSED BY THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
(SIC) AS PART OF THE SANCTIONS TARGETING TOP
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, WILL UNFORTUNATELY
AFFECT THEIR CHILDREN. A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT
MINISTERS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS HAVING CHILDREN WHO
ARE ATTENDING EITHER SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY OVERSEAS,
WHOSE WELFARE WILL OBVIOUSLY BE AFFECTED IN NO SMALL
MEASURE BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SMART SANCTIONS
AGAINST THE TARGETED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

3. ".IN ANY CASE, IF OUR FORMER COLONIAL MASTERS
ARE AS TERRIBLE AS PRESIDENT MUGABE WOULD HAVE VOTERS
BELIEVE, THEN ALL HIS LIEUTENANTS MUST SURELY SING
FROM THE SAME HYMN SHEET. IT IS PARTICULARLY CHEEKY
THAT WHILE THEY SEND THEIR OWN CHILDREN TO FINE
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN LONDON, SYDNEY,
NEW YORK AND ELSEWHERE, THEY REDUCE THE CHILDREN OF
ZIMBABWE'S LONG-SUFFERING TAXPAYERS TO THE STATUS OF
UNCLASSIFIED

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THE NOW UBIQUITOUS "GREEN BOMBERS" GRADUATING FROM
THE BORDER GEZI TRAINING CENTER BEFORE DESCENDING ON
THE INNOCENT POPULACE TO METE OUT VIOLENCE ON THEIR
OWN PARENTS."

SULLIVAN

UNCLASSIFIED

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