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December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
Meanwhile, the latest cables make jaw-dropping reading about a number of African states.
• The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians’ every move in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
• US diplomats’ fear that Kenya could erupt in violence worse than that experienced after the 2008 election unless rampant government corruption is tackled.
• One cable described China’s presence in Africa as “very aggressive and pernicious economic competitor with no morals”.
• America asked Uganda to let it know if its army intended to commit war crimes based on US intelligence – but did not try to prevent war crimes taking place.
• Washington’s ambassador to the troubled African state of Eritrea described its president, Isaias Afwerki, as a cruel “unhinged dictator” whose regime was “one bullet away from implosion”.
• Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe variously described as frail, fit, a superb debater and having ‘lost the plot of normal human interaction’.
You can follow all the previous disclosures and reaction on our other live blogs about the cables. And for full coverage go to our US embassy cables page or follow our US embassy cable Twitter feed @GdnCables.
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