Three ZANU-PF officials were found of spying on the party for South African intelligence and were jailed for five to six years.
Zimbabwe’s ambassador-designate to Mozambique Godfrey Dzvairo was sentenced to six years. Banker Tendai Matambanadzo and ZANU-PF external affairs director Itai March got five years each.
The trial of ZANU-PF deputy security chief Kenny Karidza was ongoing.
Chinhoyi MP Phillip Chiyangwa was awaiting trial on similar charges.
Viewing cable 05HARARE207, SPY TRIO GETS JAIL TERMS
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UNCLAS HARARE 000207
AF/S FOR BNEULING
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR C. COURVILLE, D. TEITELBAUM
PARIS FOR C. NEARY
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: SPY TRIO GETS JAIL TERMS
REF: HARARE 83 AND PREVIOUS
(U) On February 8, three of the ZANU-PF officials found
guilty of spying on ZANU-PF for South African intelligence
were given jail sentences. The three, Zimbabwe,s
ambassador-designate to Mozambique, Godfrey Dzvairo, banker
Tendai Matambanadzo, and ZANU-PF external affairs director
Itai March, pled guilty on December 24 but later changed
their plea to not guilty on the basis that they were without
legal representation when they made their plea. The
magistrate threw out their change of plea and upheld the
guilty plea. Dzvairo received a sentence of six years, and
the other two received five years each, according to the
Herald and the Daily Mirror newspapers. The trial of ZANU-PF
deputy security chief Kenny Karidza is ongoing. Chinhoyi
M.P. Phillip Chiyangwa is awaiting trial on similar charges.