The Obert Mpofu Wikileaks cables


Obert Mpofu has been one of the few political survivors from Matabeleland with a constituency of his own. He is also reported to be one of the richest men in the country though there are still questions about how he got his money. He is also reported to be thoroughly corrupt and has so far converted all Movement for Democratic Change politicians who have been appointed his deputies at the Ministry of Mines. There are just over 40 cables on him. Here is the first batch.

46-Mudarikwa says Mpofu is a crook

45-Chindori-Chininga says Obert Mpofu is a crook and a thief

44-Cranswick claims Mpofu forged documents on Marange

43-Biti says Mpofu is corrupt

42-Mangoma says Zimbabweans must rely on themselves

41-Mpofu a political lightweight

40-Mpofu says only three people died at Chiadzwa

39-Mpofu denies there were deaths at Chiadzwa

38-Mugabe, Tsvangirai reward loyalty for cabinet picks

37-Mpofu says Gono has grown too big

36-Mugabe cronies busting US sanctions through safari operations

35-Gono planned to ask Mugabe to clip Mpofu’s wings

34-Gono says Mugabe wanted to retire after 2008 victory

33-JOC behind the disastrous 2007 price controls

32-Government sponsors “controlled looting”

31-Mpofu threatens to deal with companies that support stay-away

30-Coltart says the goal is to unseat ZANU-PF in any way possible

29-Zimbabwe- a nation of filthy rich and filthy poor

28-Jonathan Moyo says Mnangagwa is too loyal to Mugabe

27-Lock-step loyalty key for appointment by Mugabe

26-CIO keeps Mnangagwa a step ahead of his adversaries- Wikileaks

25-Cabinet reshuffle shows power of hardliners and military- Wikileaks

24-Did Mutasa outsmart Oppah Muchinguri?

23-Mpofu, Nkomo say chiefs to distribute food

22-Mpofu in Coltart elimination plot!

21-Mpofu says it doesn’t matter if economy is destroyed

20-No oversight at Chiadzwa

19-Nhema, Mpofu and Chiwenga named in rhino poaching

18-Mpofu to appeal Chiadzwa ruling

17-Vote rigging in ZANU-PF party elections?

16-Mpofu says government wants 50% in joint ventures

15-Zimbabwe planning investor-friendly legislation

14-Biti on diamonds committee

13-Government should kiss foreign investors

12-Mpofu says Zimbabwe will comply with KP

11-Mpofu denied visa to UK

10-Chiadzwa in the news

9-Government urged to get mining policies right

8-Rio Tinto lobbied KP to handle Zimbabwe with kid gloves

7-Mugabe outmanoeuvred MDC to increase size of cabinet

6-Doing business in Zimbabwe 2009

5-Mpofu says industry has abused BACOSSI

4-How the US viewed the MDC victory in 2008

3-Mpofu says government will go after economic saboteurs

2-More join the Presidential jet

1-Obert Mpofu named in the land audit hall of shame


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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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