The David Butau Wikileaks cables


David Butau was a rising political star when he was elected to Parliament in 2005. He was quickly promoted to chair the strategic Budget committee. He was former army commander Solomon Mujuru and Mai Mujuru’s right hand man. Then he got into trouble over currency charges and fled the country. That was his end, though he was later acquitted. But the fact that he arranged a meeting between United States ambassador Charles Ray and the Vice-President when he held no political office shows he is still a force to reckon with. There are five cables on him. Here they are.

5-Butau arranged Mai Mujuru’s clandestine meeting with US ambassador

4-Butau said he had to suck up to ZANUPF to survive

3-Butau said Mujuru faction undermined Mugabe’s inner circle

2-Silenced, or was US delusional?

1-Butau said majority of ZANU-PF wanted Mugabe out


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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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