Movement for Democratic Change leaders Morgan Tsvangirai, Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti and Sekai Holland were described as Uncle Toms who would be judged by history for the evil they had unleashed on the people of Zimbabwe because they had allegedly advocated for sanctions on Zimbabwe.
The four leaders were lambasted by The Herald soon after the passage of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act in the United States.
“The sanctions bill sponsored by the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) has finally succeeded in passing both Houses of the American congress,” The Herald said. “It will go down in history as the biggest betrayal against the people of Zimbabwe by its own sons and daughters.
“Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC leader), Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti, Sekai Holland and the rest of the Uncle Toms shall be judged by history for the evil they have unleashed upon the people of Zimbabwe.
“In all honesty, does he (Tsvangirai) believe that the Americans care a hoot about democracy in Zimbabwe…?”
Viewing cable 01HARARE3648, STATE-OWNED MEDIA CONDEMN ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0485
INFO NSC WASHDC
UNCLAS HARARE 003648
AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/RA FOR
SWANN, INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: STATE-OWNED MEDIA CONDEMN ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY
¶1. STATE-OWNED MEDIA REPORTING ON THE HOUSE PASSAGE
OF THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT
(ZDERA) REFLECTS IS CRITICAL OF THE BILL. THE MAIN
POINTS MADE BY THE STATE-OWNED BROADCAST AND PRINT
MEDIA ARE THAT:
– ZDERA IS A SANCTIONS BILL THAT WILL HURT THE
PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE;
– CREATION AND PASSAGE OF ZDERA WAS ENGINEERED BY
THE OPPOSITION MDC PARTY, THE BRITISH, COMMERCIAL
FARMERS AND A RANGE OF OTHER PERCEIVED ENEMIES;
– ZDERA IS AN UNJUSTIFIABLE ATTACK ON ZIMBABWEAN
– THE US DID NOT CONSULT WITH THE GOZ PRIOR TO
PASSAGE OF THE BILL.
¶2. THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED DAILY “THE HERALD”
DEDICATED ITS DECEMBER 7 EDITORIAL TO COMMENT ON THE
ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT (ZDERA).
UNDER HEADLINE “BETRAYAL BY THE INDIGENOUS,” THE PAPER
¶3. “THE SANCTIONS BILL SPONSORED BY THE MOVEMENT OF
DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC) HAS FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN
PASSING BOTH HOUSES OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS. IT
WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE BIGGEST BETRAYAL
AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE BY ITS OWN SONS AND
DAUGHTERS. . . MORGAN TSVANGIRAI (MDC LEADER),
WELSHMAN NCUBE, TENDAI BITI, SEKAI HOLLAND AND THE
REST OF THE UNCLE TOMS SHALL BE JUDGED BY HISTORY
FOR THE EVIL THEY HAVE UNLEASHED UPON THE PEOPLE OF
ZIMBABWE. . . IN ALL HONESTY, DOES HE (TSVANGIRAI)
BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICANS CARE A HOOT ABOUT
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DEMOCRACY IN ZIMBABWE? OF COURSE NOT. NEITHER DO
THE AMERICANS HAVE A FIGHT WITH ZIMBABWE. IT IS
THE BRITISH WHO ARE BEYOND (SIC) THE WHOLE SORDID
BILL. . . . “