Politicians Implicated In WikiLeaks Have No Case To Answer – Tomana

Treason attracts a prison sentence of up to 20 years according to Zimbabwean laws.

“WikiLeaks was considered as any source of information and as the AG, I had a duty to investigate thoroughly because the cables pointed to areas of violation of the country’s laws which therefore necessitated prosecution by our courts.

“We have done our investigation and what we have found out is that most of the WikiLeaks information was not true that is why we have not prosecuted those who were being investigated on the basis of the WikiLeaks cables,” Tomana said on Wednesday in an interview.

“We cannot just prosecute the politicians on the basis of the WikiLeaks but on the basis of evidence that would have been found through our investigation. But so far, what we have found does not necessitate prosecution. We are still investigating though.”

Tomana had set up an independent panel of legal experts to probe into what he called “treasonous collusions” by the country’s high profile politicians among them, Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai and other government ministers for supplying state information to United States Ambassadors to Zimbabwe.

When the leaked cables were first published, Tsvangirai and members of his party were said to have met with US envoys and suggested that they maintain targeted sanctions while publicly calling for their lifting, revelations that prompted Tomana to say that he would instigate a probe into what he called “treasonous collusions.”

However, WikiLeaks, a whistle blower website which has caused a sensation by leaking confidential US diplomatic cables, later released cables exposing President Robert Mugabe’s top allies as hypocrites who supped with the 87-year-old’s enemies by night.

Among the senior officials in the line of fire are: Vice President Joice Mujuru, politburo members Saviour Kasukuwere, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Jonathan Moyo, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, army officials and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono among others.

The leaked cables which were published on the WikiLeaks website released minutes of meetings held by political leaders with US government officials where they divulged sensitive information about the country and their respective parties.

Vice President Mujuru held a secret meeting with the US ambassador and suggested more meetings saying they were useful.