Simba Makoni- the first 100 Wikileaks cables


Simba Makoni was one of the youngest cabinet ministers at independence. When he was posted to the Southern African Development Community as secretary-general, there was wide speculation that President Robert Mugabe was grooming him to eventually take over and was giving him the international exposure that he needed. These hopes were dashed when after leaving SADC, Makoni was made chief executive of Zimbabwe Newspapers. Political observers believed this was a way to keep Makoni out of politics and succession. But hopes were raised again when he was catapulted to Finance Minister in 2000. He remained a strong contender until he decided to stand against Mugabe and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai in 2008. Most people believe Makoni was misled by his colleagues from ZANU-PF who had promised to break away from the party at the critical period in the run up to the 2008 elections but never did so. There are more than 160 Wikileaks cables on Makoni. Here are the first 102

We have now published more than 1500 Wikileaks cables on Zimbabwe alone. But here are first 1 300 so far put on a single page.

We have classified the cables according to individuals. To read cables on each individual, please use our index:


We have complete cables on:


Tendai Biti (231)

Nelson Chamisa (67)

General Herbert Chingono (1)

Joseph Chinotimba (30)

Phillip Chiyangwa (24)

Ignatius Chombo (63)

Nicholas Goche (85)

Jethro Goko, (2)

Gideon Gono (269)

Obert Gutu (2)

Chenjerai Hunzvi (26)

Learnmore Jongwe ( 17)

Thokozani Khupe (24)

Grace Kwinje (5)

John Makumbe (17)

Sydney Masamvu (39)

Strive Masiyiwa (55)

Michael Mataure (3)

Jonathan Moyo (226)

Obert Mpofu (46)

Simba Mudarikwa (1)

Grace Mugabe (34)

Joice Mujuru (35)

Solomon Mujuru (86)

Charles Mutama (2)

Didymus Mutasa (84)

Pius Ncube (22)

Trevor Ncube (19)

Geoff Nyarota ()

Fidelis Satuku (1)

Sydney Sekeramayi (3)

Jabulani Sibanda (4)

Edgar Tekere (4)

Eddison Zvobgo (49)


Those not yet complete but already indexed are:


Joseph Made (22)

Simba Makoni (102)

Emmerson Mnangagwa (50)

Robert Mugabe (204)

Arthur Mutambara (50)

Welshman Ncube (51)

John Nkomo (51)

Morgan Tsvangirai (151)


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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