The Jenni Williams Wikileaks cables


Jenni Williams has made more headlines in and outside Zimbabwe than any other woman in Zimbabwe. This has mostly been about her being arrested during one demonstration or another. The British newspaper, The Guardian, described her in 2009 as “one of the most troublesome thorns in Mugabe’s side”. Williams is now more known for her role as the director of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). There is very little talk about her role as the spokesperson for the Commercial Farmers Union or its more radical offspring Justice for Agriculture. Even the United States embassy seems to have started focussing on her when she formed WOZA rather than when she was representing the CFU or JAG. Here are cables about her published so far.

26-Williams told court record cannot be accessed

25-Williams warned of lost generation of uneducated children

24-WOZA trial begins

23-Williams said UN food distribution model legitimised ZANU-PF

22-Williams, Mahlangu win Amnesty award

21-WOZA women released on bail

20-WOZA leaders denied bail

19-WOZA calls for declaration of national disaster

18-Civil society wanted transitional government not GNU

17-Jenni Williams released on bail

16-Biti released, Williams and Mahlangu not

15-WOZA MOZA members arrested

14-Williams said police were becoming reconciliatory

13-Police threatened Williams

12-WOZA claims victory

11-Jenni Williams demanded to be arrested

10-WOZA protests against power cuts

9-WOZA had Valentine’s Day a day earlier

8-Williams told Dell Zimbabweans were at the breaking point

7-Williams spent Valentine’s Day in jail

6-Trevor Ncube nabbed but Williams spared

5-Williams thought government would stop her from travelling abroad

4-Zimbabwe ambassador told not to intimidate activists

3-WOZA tales of displacement

2-Jenni Williams charged

1-Jenni Williams beaten severely


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