Former United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell said although the National Constitutional Assembly and the Movement for Democratic Change had announced plans to stage more public protests it remained to be seen whether they could get large numbers of people into the streets as they had done from 2000 to 2002.
This was after Lovemore Madhuku of the NCA had told embassy officials that his organisation planned more demonstrations to protest the creation of the Senate.
Madhuku said the NCA had identified a core group of 150-200 people to begin the demonstration in each of the main cities- Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Masvingo and Gweru.
Viewing cable 05HARARE1509, NCA PLANS DEMONSTRATIONS FOR NOV 5
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C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 001509
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NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR C. COURVILLE
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/31/2015
SUBJECT: NCA PLANS DEMONSTRATIONS FOR NOV 5
Classified By: Ambassador Christopher Dell for reasons 1.5 b/d
¶1. (C) On November 3, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Chairperson, Lovemore Mudhuku told poloff that the NCA was
planning a series of demonstrations around the country to
protest the creation of the Senate and to call for a new
constitution. The demonstrations were to take place
simultaneously around mid-day on Saturday, November 5, in
Zimbabwe,s main cities: Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Masvingo,
and Gweru. Madhuku said NCA had identified a core group of
150-200 people to begin the demonstration in each city. The
NCA planned to spread word of the demonstrations in advance
and, given the extent of popular dissatisfaction with the
government, hoped large numbers of other demonstrators would
join the core groups.
¶2. (C) Comment: The NCA and MDC both have told us recently
that they are working together on a strategy to confront the
regime, including street protests. While the NCA remains one
of the most active NGOs and one of a tiny group willing to
stage public protests against the GOZ,s policies, it remains
to be seen whether they, and for that matter the MDC, can
once more get large numbers of people into the streets as
they did from 2000-2002. End Comment.