AFRICANGLOBE – A document obtained by Aljazeera has exposed an assassination attempt on the life of African Union Chairwoman, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The secret documents, leaked to Aljazeera’s Investigative Unit, have revealed that spies in Addis Ababa were alerted to a plot by “an unnamed state” to kill Dlamini Zuma in Addis Ababa in 2012.
“Ethiopian agents later accused Sudan of involvement in the plan to assassinate AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Zuma allegedly faced ‘an eminent threat’ to her life in the Ethiopian capital which also hosts the headquarters of the AU in October 2012, just days after she was appointed,” Aljazeera quoted the cable as saying.
The report by Aljazeera added that South African and Ethiopian intelligence agencies were unprepared for the threat, for which they blamed Sudan. It added the agencies admitted they did not have enough time to “neutralize the operation” or apprehend those involved.
The documents also describe how unarmed AU bodyguards “slept in corridors for four days without food or water provided,” because the AU “did not arrange accommodation and resources for food”.
The reporter behind the leak, Will Jordan, however seemed misinformed while working on the report. In addition to wrongly naming Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) chief as Hadera Abera, Will Jordan also failed to realize that the year 1987 amounts to 1995 in Gregorian calendar.
“Ethiopia’s spy chief, Hadera Abera reassured the South Africans that “there has never been a threat that developed into a situation where a diplomat is killed in Addis Ababa with the exception of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak whose life was threatened in 1987. The only previously reported attempt on Mubarak’s life had been in 1995. It’s not clear if Abera has mistaken the date or if there had been another, previously unreported assassination attempt in 1987. Mubarak did visit Addis Ababa in 1995 for talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat,” Aljazeera’s report said.