The Jameson Timba Wikileaks cables


Jameson Timba has been one of Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s closest advisors. He was appointed deputy Minister of Media, Information and Publicity when the inclusive government was formed. Most people believe that this was aimed at making him influence the media, which he did. He was promoted to his rightful job when he was appointed Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office when Tsvangirai reshuffled his cabinet. There are 15 cables on him. Here they are.

17-US ambassador’s analysis of Media Commission members

16-MDC’s Majome said Chinamasa was frank and open but was undermining her

15-Timba wanted ministry to be disbanded in six months

14-Media conference confusion

13-Timba forced to postpone media conference

12-Timba in new government

11-Timba advocated joining government to weaken Mugabe

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

9-Timba a member of Tsvangirai’s kitchen cabinet

8-Mugabe in control

7-Timba said ZIMSEC was broke

6-Mutambara said opposition was united to drive out Mugabe

5-Tsvangirai refused to receive treatment unless his supporters are allowed too

4-Timba said MDC would capitalise on Tandare’s death

3-State Department supported business forum in Harare

2-Timba said Mugabe was unaware of amendment to Education Bill

1-Timba said he would appeal to Mugabe’s catholic upbringing


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