Mugabe is the most dangerous person to interests of Western powers


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President Robert Mugabe was the most dangerous person because his views were inimical to Western interests while advancing those of blacks.

This was said by a visiting African American Elombe Brath who said Secretary of State Collin Powell was anti-African.

“I went to the same school with Powell and everyone knew that he never had any love for Africa,” Brath said during a meeting with the ZANU-PF national chairman and Minister of Home Affairs, John Nkomo.

Brath who showered praise on Mugabe said that Mugabe was about to make history in Africa and was correct in intervening in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

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02HARARE1885

2002-08-19 14:07

2011-08-30 01:44

UNCLASSIFIED

Embassy Harare

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

UNCLAS HARARE 001885

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPT FOR AF/PD (COX, DALTON), AF/S (SCHLACHTER), AF/RA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PREL OIIP KPAO KMDR ZI

SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT AFRICAN-AMERICAN CRITICIZES POWELL;

HARARE

 

 

1.   A group of African-Americans, who flew into the

country last week at the invitation of the Zimbabwean

government, has accused U. S. Secretary of State Colin

Powell of extreme dislike of Africa. According to an

article carried on page two of the August 19 edition of the

government-controlled daily “The Herald,” Mr. Elombe Brath

of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition said: “I went to the same

school with Powell and everyone knew that he never had any

love for Africa.” Excerpts of the article published under

headline “`Powell has never loved Africa'” follow:

 

2.   “U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has never had

any love or appreciation for Africa and therefore will

never do or say anything positive about the continent, a

visiting American said yesterday. Mr. Elombe Brath of the

Patrice Lumumba Coalition said he knew Mr. Powell well

enough as they grew up together in the U. S. `I went to

the same school with Powell and everyone knew that he never

had any love for Africa,’ Mr. Brath said during a meeting

with the ZANU PF national chairman and Minister of Home

Affairs, (Mr.) John Nkomo, at the party headquarters. `We

went to the same church and lived along the same street and

he is known for his views against Africa. . .’ According

to him, Mr. Powell was being `used’ by the U. S.

administration in its fight against the `people of color.

The Washington system says blacks have no rights.’ Mr.

Powell, who was branded as an `Uncle Tom’ and `White House

nigger’ by South African students during a visit to that

country early last year, went on to attack President Mugabe

and his government. “He criticized the ongoing land reform

program and accused (Mr.) Mugabe of `clinging to power.’

 

3.   “Mr, Brath said that most average black people knew

that (Mr.) Mugabe was the most `dangerous’ person in

that his views were `inimical’ to the interests of

Western powers while advancing those of blacks.

`President Mugabe is on the verge of making history

in Africa. He is an example for the whole of the

continent. For instance, he made the correct

decision to intervene in the Democratic Republic of

Congo, which in history will become one of the most

important decisions ever made.’ He also scoffed at

the U. S. presidential election, saying it was a

`mockery’ for anyone to say Mr. George Bush was

fairly elected. . . .”

 

WHITEHEAD

 

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