Wikileaks jolts Zanu PF politburo into action

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The Zanu PF politburo will convene on Wednesday to discuss the WikiLeaks exposé after party bigwigs were implicated by the whistleblower website, in clandestine moves to oust President Robert Mugabe with the assistance of the West.

The diplomatic cables, which have caused anxiety in the country, claimed several senior Zanu PF officials and Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono supported President Mugabe by day, but decampaigned him at night.

The disclosures have shaken the corridors of power in Zanu PF as it also emerged that even some service chiefs and the President’s close lieutenants were supping with Mugabe’s perceived enemies.

Insiders in Zanu PF said this could be a ticking time bomb and although President Mugabe had not yet publicly commented on the cables, fireworks were expected at the party’s next conference in December, where heads could roll.

Yesterday, Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa confirmed WikiLeaks had been put top on the agenda at next week’s politburo meeting.

“This (WikiLeaks revelations) is a serious matter, and we need to talk about it so that we come up with a collective decision. We will talk about it at our next politburo meeting.”

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo also confirmed they were worried, adding:

“We will come up with a position once we have studied and reflected on the issue. At the moment we are still studying.”

Earlier, Gumbo was quoted in the Press saying: “The revelations are disturbing and demoralising. We are studying the issue, we want to see how things develop