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Branson was to fund plan to remove Mugabe: WikiLeaks

Virgin Group boss agreed to fund the plan,which was proposed by a former Zimbabwean minister.

Written by Agencies | London |
October 12, 2011 10:19:54 am

Virgin Group boss Richard Branson had plans to bankroll a diplomatic move aimed at persuading Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down,according to a cable published by WikiLeaks.

According to the US Embassy cable,Branson agreed to fund the plan,which was proposed by former Zimbabwean Information Minister Jonathan Moyo in July 2007.

The cable,signed by Ambassador Eric Bost,said Branson was due to hold a secret meeting with Nelson Mandela and other African statesmen in Johannesburg to discuss the move.

The plan never materialised.

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A spokesman for Branson confirmed yesterday that he was approached by Moyo to discuss the formaion of a coalition government in 2007.

But the spokesman said “no further action was taken” after the meeting.

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