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‘WikiLeaks mole’ Satuku dies

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RETIRED army major-general Fidelis Satuku has died, 10 years after he was forced out of the security sector for allegedly bad-mouthing then Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantin­o Chiwenga at a private meeting with former United States (US) ambassador Charles Ray.

A veteran of the liberation struggle, Satuku died yesterday at a military hospital in Mutare aged 64.

Details of his secret meeting with the former US ambassador were exposed by WikiLeaks in a series of leaked diplomatic cables, which also implicated then brigadier-general Herbert Chingono.

According to the leaked cables, the two army bosses were quoted describing Chiwenga as a “political general” with “little practical military experience or expertise”.

“Ambassador met privately on January 5 (2010) with Brigadier-General Herbert Chingono, Inspector General for the ZNA [Zimbabwe National Army], and on January 6 with Major-General Fidelis Satuku, director-general for policy and personnel, ZDF [Zimbabwe Defence Forces]. These two serving military officers took a grave personal risk meeting with us, and their identities should be strictly protected,” part of the leaked cable read.

WikiLeaks is an internatio­nal nonprofit organisati­on that publishes news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organisati­on Sunshine Press, stated in 2015 that it had released online 10 million documents in its first 10 years.

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