Goche says he does not know who is calling the shots in DRC


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The Minister of State Security Nicholas Goche told United States embassy officials that he did not know who was calling the shots in the Democratic Republic of Congo but he believed it was the Congolese people.

He was briefing the officials on situation in the DRC following the assassination of its president Laurent Kabila who had since been replaced by his son, Joseph.

Goche said Zimbabwe was committed to abiding by the Lusaka Peace process and wanted to give the new president Joseph Kabila time to stabilise the situation in Kinshasa.

He however believed that Uganda did not share the allies’ desire for peace. It was more interested in overthrowing the Kabila government.

Zimbabwe wanted Kabila to firmly establish his authority so that whatever agreement he reached with his opponents would last.

When asked if the Angolans were calling the shots in Kinshasa, Goche said that he did not think they were, but he did not really know who was calling the shots, but it had to be the Congolese people.

 

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Viewing cable 01HARARE618, ZIMBABWE SECURITY MINISTER COMMENTS ON DRC

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01HARARE618

2001-02-01 13:07

2011-08-30 01:44

SECRET

Embassy Harare

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

 

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8161

INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE

SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

RWANDA COLLECTIVE

AMEMBASSY LIBREVILLE

S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 000618

 

SIPDIS

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/01/11

TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR MOPS ZI CG

SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE SECURITY MINISTER COMMENTS ON DRC

SITUATION

 

 

CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D’AFFAIRES EARL M. IRVING FOR

REASONS: 1.5 (B) AND (D).

 

1. (C) SUMMARY: MINISTER OF STATE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

NICHOLAS GOCHE TOLD CHARGE FEBRUARY 1 THAT ZIMBABWE IS

COMMITTED TO THE LUSAKA PEACE PROCESS AND URGED THE US

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TO CONTINUE PLAYING A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN RESOLVING THE

DRC WAR. ZIMBABWE WANTS TO GIVE NEW DRC PRESIDENT

JOSEPH KABILA TIME TO STABILIZE THE SITUATION IN

KINSHASA, ACCORDING TO GOCHE. ZIMBABWE DOES NOT KNOW

WHETHER KABILA IS A TEMPORARY FIGURE OR NOT, AND IT DOES

NOT REALLY KNOW WHO IS CALLING THE SHOTS IN KINSHASA,

GOCHE ADMITTED. GOCHE’S REMARKS REINFORCED OUR

ASSESSMENT THAT ZIMBABWE IS BIDING ITS TIME IN THE DRC

UNTIL IT CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHAT, IF

ANYTHING, IT CAN DO ABOUT IT. END SUMMARY.

 

2. (S) ON FEBRUARY 1, CHARGE, ACCOMPANIED BY ROAL CHIEF

AND POLOFF (NOTETAKER), CALLED ON MINISTER OF STATE FOR

NATIONAL SECURITY NICHOLAS GOCHE, WHO IS ONE OF THE KEY

FIGURES DIRECTING ZIMBABWE’S EFFORT IN THE DRC. GOCHE

NOTED THAT HE HAS MOSTLY RECOVERED FROM SERIOUS INJURIES

SUSTAINED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN OCTOBER, BUT WAS STILL

EXPERIENCING SOME PAIN AND DISCOMFORT WITH HIS LEFT LEG.

HE SAID HIS INJURIES HAD NOT REQUIRED SURGERY.

 

3. (C) CHARGE ASKED GOCHE FOR HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE DRC

SITUATION FOLLOWING LAURENT KABILA’S ASSASSINATION AND

ZIMBABWE’S NEXT STEPS. GOCHE STATED THAT THE DRC ALLIES

ARE COMMITTED TO PEACE AND THE LUSAKA ACCORDS. LUSAKA

IS THE ONLY FRAMEWORK UNDER WHICH ZIMBABWE AND THE OTHER

PLAYERS CAN WITHDRAW THEIR FORCES. ZIMBABWE WANTS A

ROLE IN THE NEW DISPENSATION IN KINSHASA TO ENSURE THAT

ITS GOALS FOR PEACE ARE REALIZED, GOCHE CONTINUED, BUT

IT CANNOT ACT ALONE. IT NEEDS THE OTHER PLAYERS. GOCHE

EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT UGANDA DOES NOT SHARE THE

ALLIES’ DESIRE FOR PEACE, AND THAT IT IS MORE INTERESTED

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IN OVERTHROWING THE KABILA GOVERNMENT. THE MINISTER

MENTIONED THAT RWANDAN PRESIDENT KAGAME HAD ATTEMPTED TO

CONTACT PRESIDENT MUGABE, BUT HE DID NOT KNOW IF THAT

CONVERSATION HAD TAKEN PLACE YET. AS FOR THE NON-STATE

ACTORS SUCH AS THE INTERAHAMWE, THE MINISTER STATED THAT

THEY NEED TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION, BUT THAT THEY

SHOULD NOT BE A HINDRANCE TO THE PEACE PROCESS.

 

4. (C) ZIMBABWE WANTS TO GIVE KABILA TIME TO STABILIZE

THE SITUATION IN KINSHASA, THE MINISTER PROFESSED. IT

WANTS KABILA TO FIRMLY ESTABLISH HIS AUTHORITY SO THAT

WHATEVER AGREEMENT HE REACHES WITH HIS OPPONENTS WILL

LAST. BUT ZIMBABWE DOES WANT HIM TO NEGOTIATE WITH BOTH

HIS INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FOES. GOCHE BELIEVES THAT

JOSEPH KABILA IS MORE FLEXIBLE THAN HIS FATHER WAS.

DESPITE THIS, THE GOZ DOES NOT KNOW IF KABILA WILL BE A

TEMPORARY FIGURE OR NOT–THE DUST HAS NOT QUITE SETTLED

FROM HIS FATHER’S KILLING. GOCHE QUICKLY CORRECTED

HIMSELF AND SAID THAT AGREEMENTS INTO WHICH THE NEW

CONGOLESE PRESIDENT ENTERED WOULD BE HONORED. KABILA

NEEDS MORE FRIENDS THAN HIS FATHER HAD, AND IT IS

IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO BE MORE OPEN AND TO ARTICULATE HIS

POLICIES MORE CLEARLY, THE SECURITY MINISTER OFFERED.

WHEN ASKED IF THE ANGOLANS WERE CALLING THE SHOTS IN

KINSHASA, GOCHE SAID THAT HE DID NOT THINK THEY WERE,

BUT HE DID NOT REALLY KNOW WHO WAS CALLING THE SHOTS,

BUT IT SHOULD BE THE CONGOLESE PEOPLE.

 

5. (C) GOCHE NOTED THAT IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT KABILA

FELT SECURE ENOUGH TO GO TO THE UNITED STATES SO SOON

AFTER HIS INAUGURATION. ZIMBABWE IS “HAPPY” THAT KABILA

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IS VISITING WASHINGTON, AND GOCHE URGED THE U.S. TO

CONTINUE PLAYING A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN RESOLVING THE

DRC CRISIS. THE DRC WILL ALSO NEED A HUGE AMOUNT OF AID

TO REBUILD, AND GOCHE ENCOURAGED THE U.S. TO CONTRIBUTE

SUBSTANTIALLY TO THIS EFFORT. HE BELIEVES IT IS

IMPORTANT THAT THE U.S. REMAIN “UNBIASED” IN ITS

DIALOGUE WITH THE DRC PLAYERS. FURTHERMORE, THE U.S.

SHOULD NOT BE RELUCTANT TO PERSUADE THE UN TO FULLY

DEPLOY MONUC. WHEN ASKED IF ALLIED FORCES WERE

REGROUPING NEAR PWETO, GOCHE STATED THAT IT WAS NOT

TRUE, AND THAT IF THE ALLIES HAD WANTED TO RETAKE PWETO,

THEY WOULD HAVE DONE SO WITH EASE BY NOW.

 

6. (C) COMMENT: DESPITE HIS POSITION AS ONE OF THE KEY

ZIMBABWEAN FIGURES ON DRC POLICY, MINISTER GOCHE WAS NOT

PARTICULARLY FORTHCOMING AND STUCK TO THE STANDARD GOZ

LINE ON THE DRC. HIS COMMENTS REINFORCE OUR ASSESSMENT

THAT ZIMBABWE IS STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE INTERNAL

DRC POLITICAL SITUATION AND WHETHER OR NOT IT CAN STILL

INFLUENCE EVENTS IN KINSHASA. GOCHE’S ATYPICALLY STRONG

URGING OF GREATER U.S. INVOLVEMENT SIGNALS TO US THAT

THE GOZ IS MORE KEEN THAN EVER FOR A RESOLUTION THAT

WOULD PERMIT IT TO BRING BACK THE BULK OF ITS DRC FORCES

 

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O 011307Z FEB 01

FM AMEMBASSY HARARE

TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8162

INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE

SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

RWANDA COLLECTIVE

AMEMBASSY LIBREVILLE

 

S E C R E T SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 000618

 

SIPDIS

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/01/11

TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR MOPS ZI CG

SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE SECURITY MINISTER COMMENTS ON DRC

SITUATION

 

BEFORE THE EARLY 2002 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. END

COMMENT.

 

IRVING

 

SECRET

 

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