Tomana denies setting up Wikileaks probe

tomanaAttorney General Johannes Tomana (Pictured) has denied state media claims that he has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other MDC officials over US diplomatic cables leaked by the Wikileaks website.

Ever since the Wikileaks website published details of meetings between US diplomats and MDC leaders, ZANU PF using the state media has been trying whip up public sentiment against their rivals. Various meetings documented in the cables, showed MDC leaders discussing peaceful options to force Mugabe to step down. ZANU PF is trying to spin treason charges out of the revelations.

A state media article over the Christmas holidays quoted Tomana as saying the WikiLeaks appear to show a treasonous collusion between local Zimbabweans and the aggressive international world, particularly the United States. With immediate effect, I am going to instruct a team of practising lawyers to look into the issues that arise from the WikiLeaks.

Speaking to the weekly Zimbabwe Independent newspaper Tomana however denied making the statement and said he did not have the powers to appoint a commission or a committee to look into the matter. If you look at the scenarios around the appointment of commissions, it must be of national importance and it is only the president who can appoint a commission. I do not know where all this is coming from, he told the paper.

MDC-T spokesman Nelson Chamisa told us recently that the revelations by the WikiLeaks website are nothing more than harmless thunderbolts and that ordinary Zimbabweans are actually more worried about the leaks in their roofs during the rainy season. Chamisa said ZANU PF had desperately sought to use the leaked cables as political tools but this would have no impact on them.

The Kuwadzana MP told us that the MDC are not going to be bothered with gossip and hearsay. Those cables are mere gossip and opinions by individuals in the corridors of the diplomatic circles, he said. Responding to initials claims that Tomana would set up a commission he criticized the AGs double standards saying he failed to act on the violence and murder in the June 2008 election.

Some analysts have speculated that Tomana might have chickened out of a probe of the Wikileaks revelations because the same diplomatic cables exposed First Lady Grace Mugabe as being involved in the illegal looting and trading of diamonds from Chiadzwa. An alternative theory is that Tomana might have had his wrist slapped by Mugabe, who told him only he could appoint the commission.

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