The Edgar Tekere Wikileaks cables


Edgar Tekere was the second most powerful person in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front at independence. But he lost favour because of his outspokenness against corruption and the party’s drive for a one-party state. He challenged President Robert Mugabe in the 1990 elections but this political career began to fade after that. Though he formed the Zimbabwe Unity Movement, most people felt that he remained ZANU-PF at heart. He just did not agree with the way the party was being run. There are four cables that mention his name. Here they are.

4-Manicaland a hotbed of opposition to Mugabe

3-Only Tekere, Mujuru and Mandaza have publicly criticised Mugabe

2-Masipula said Zimbabwe had never had free and fair elections

1-Nyagumbo and Tekere were leading different factions of the Manyika


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