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Zanu-PF MPs spying for the US government

by Staff reporter
21 Sep 2014 at 10:56hrs | Views
An official with the United States Embassy in Harare is getting briefings on internal discussions on Zanu-PF's succession issue from parliamentarians, it has been established.

Investigations by The Sunday Mail indicate that the US government is taking advantage of factional fights in Zanu-PF to wriggle into the battle to determine the country and ther party's future leadership.

And MDC-T figures heavily in the equation as a possible source of leaders if Washington's envisaged disintegration of Zanu-PF occurs.

It emerged during investigations that MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai no longer figures in the United States' plans and a preferred front will be handpicked in coming months.

US Embassy second secretary Mr Eric Little has been getting briefings from several Zanu-PF and MDC-T legislators (names supplied) under the cover of the Ambassador's Special Self-Help Programme.

On Friday, our sister paper The Herald reported that 12 Zanu-PF MPs benefitted from a US$90 000 grant under the programme.

Among legislators invited to the handover ceremony were Cdes Paul Mavhima, Walter Kanhanga, Adam Chimwamurombe, Chriswell Mutematsaka, Batsirayi Pemhanayi, Enock Porusingazi, Tapiwanashe Matangaidze, Temba Mliswa, Kindness Paradza, David Butau and Simbaneuta Mudarikwa.

Cdes Kanhanga, Chimwamurombe and Mutematsaka reportedly attending the function.

Mr Little is understood to be a Central Intelligence Agency operative working in the embassy's parliamentary affairs section.

He has in recent months met at least eight legislators at Parliament Buildings in Harare and various hotels for briefings on what is happening behind the scenes in Zanu-PF ahead of its December 2014 elective National Congress.

Mr Little is also talking to MDC-T MPs on possible replacements for Mr Tsvangirai.

He met Mabvuku-Tafara legislator Mr James Maridadi (MDC-T) at the embassy between 10.05am and 11.15am on September 3.

This was after another meeting with MDC-T MP Mr Willas Madzimure.

"He (Mr Little) has been meeting parliamentarians who are giving him information, especially on the top leadership position structure that some people are pushing for at the Zanu-PF Congress.

"Little has managed to penetrate and he is using the legislators to gain information on what is happening and making proposals on the leadership structure.

"With regards to MDC-T, there are plans to influence the deliberations at the party's congress scheduled for October because nthe United States feels Tsvangirai is no longer the best person to bring about regime change.

"The legislators have been coming separately for briefings with him and we doubt if they know their colleagues are also doing the same."

Mr Little frequents Parliament Building, and often invites MPs to the US Embassy public affairs section at Eastgate Mall in Harare

Mr Little yesterday said he was not allowed to talk to the Press and referred all questions to US Embassy public affairs officer Karen Kelley.

She in turn said: "The problem is that it's a weekend; we are out of the office . . . so it's difficult to get hold of some of my colleagues.

"But I am working on your responses, maybe you will get them on Monday when we are back in office."

Source - Sunday Mail

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