US preferred Mujuru over Mugabe

The United States preferred VP Joice Mujuru over President Mugabe to partner Premier Tsvangirai in the GNU and wanted South Africa to put pressure on Mugabe to resign.

VP Joice Mujuru.
VP Joice Mujuru.

The demand came through Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, who Mugabe called a prostitute in May 2008.

However, then SA President Kgalema Motlanthe expressed confidence that the crisis was about to end.

“Motlanthe expressed the view that the quick formation of a unity government, with Mugabe remaining president, was the most efficient way forward. He was not convinced that Mugabe had discredited himself as a partner in negotiations,” the cable said.

MDC secretary General Tendai Biti in a meeting with Frazer described Motlanthe as too enthusiastic. “He described South African President Motlanthe’s eagerness to seal the deal and inaugurate Tsvangirai as Prime Minister to “performing a heart transplant on a dead person.”

Biti also said the military was disintegrating into corporate factions for the control of resources.

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