The Elton Mangoma Wikileaks cables


Elton Mangoma, a chartered accountant who has worked for some of the country’s biggest companies, was a founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change. He is the party’s deputy treasurer and currently Minister of Energy. Prior to the formation of the inclusive government, Mangoma was reported to be eyeing the post of Finance Minister. He was the MDC-T’s other negotiator with Finance Minister Tendai Biti. Though said to be a close advisor of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, there were whispers that Mangoma was really former General Solomon Mujuru’s man. There are 43 Wikileaks cables on him. Here they are.

43-ACR boss said Mbada could increase diamond production 10-fold

42-Ray told Mangoma sanctions were not keeping investors out of Zimbabwe

41-Biti said Gono was a thief

40-Mangoma asked US to contribute to fund to pay off service chiefs

39-MDC pull out in 2009 was all a façade

38-Biti and Mangoma say MDC will win elections despite violence

37-Tsvangirai frustrated but says he cannot leave inclusive government

36-Mangoma says Zimbabweans must rely on themselves

35-Mugabe wants reform but he has no control

34-Mai Mujuru the only ZANU-PF heavyweight sharing dais with Tsvangirai

33-Tsvangirai said Mnangagwa was targetting him

32-Biti said Gono issue was just academic

31-Mangoma told US ambassador MDC had no desire to push Mugabe out

30-Mzembi said Mugabe will not support Mnangagwa or Mujuru to succeed him

29-Mangoma says Biti “cooked” his first budget with Mugabe

28-Mugabe, Tsvangirai reward loyalty for cabinet picks

27-Mugabe outmanoeuvred MDC to increase size of cabinet

26-Mangoma thought Mugabe and Tsvangirai would have equal powers in NSC

25-Inclusive government the only game in town

24-Three MDC power centres hampered progress

23-Mangoma said Mugabe was totally immersed in power games

22-US ambassador said there was bad blood between Biti and Ncube

21-Chamisa and Biti did not want GPA

20-Biti says ZANU-PF refusing to give in on ministries

19-Mangoma wanted to be Minister of Finance

18-MDC humiliates Mugabe

17-Mangoma said Tsvangirai was more malleable than Mugabe

16-Mangoma said agreement was inevitable but…..

15-Political tug-of-war- Mugabe versus Tsvangirai

14-Biti thought Tsvangirai was weak

13-MDC paralysed by spate of arrests

12-Goche and Chinamasa in MDC talks

11-Mujuru found Tsvangirai more acceptable than Mnangagwa

10-Mai Mujuru tried to outmanoeuvre Mnangagwa during unity talks

9-Tsvangirai was aware after June 2008 that he could not lead new government

8-Biti was opposed to any government that included Mugabe

7-Why Mugabe went ahead with the presidential elections runoff in 2008

6-Bennett feared that Biti might defect to Makoni

5-Ncube says unity talks are on

4-Funeral of MDC activist postponed because leaders are in hospital

3-Reunification of the MDC on the cards but……

2-MDC attacks MDC

1-Mangoma told US ambassador MDC had no desire to push 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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