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The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, London, will take place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights by the current regime n Zimbabwe. The Vigil will continue until internationally - monitored, free and fair lections are held in Zimbabwe.

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Lying for his country – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 13th July 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 July 2019 12:47

A diplomat was famously described as ‘an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.’ Lieutenant-General S B Moyo, Zimbabwe’s chief diplomat as Minister of Foreign Affairs, fell somewhat short of meeting these requirements in London this week.

The Vigil does not think he is an honest man or that he is acting in what we regard as the real interests of Zimbabwe. But the general was certainly prepared to lay down his lies for his country.

Wherever he spoke he spouted the same Zanu PF fatuous deceit and self-delusion until the anger of the diaspora culminated in a rowdy scene outside the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London, where he had to be bundled into his car to escape after trying to persuade the world that Zimbabwe had reformed under Mnangagwa.

The tenor of General Moyo’s diplomatic abortion was set by an interview on BBC Radio’s top current affairs programme on Wednesday, ahead of a Global Media Freedom Conference arranged by the British Foreign Office.

He was asked by the BBC why Zimbabwe was listed 127th out 180 countries in the world press freedom index and why Reporters Without Borders say harassment and intimidation of journalists by the security apparatus is standard practice. Moyo blathered blithely that the new dispensation was ‘unlocking freedoms’ and said media houses had been allowed to set up and freely express themselves. No word about opening up television and radio to independent broadcasters or about the Zanu PF-controlled state press or about the closing of the internet and social media in the government clampdown on protestors in January.

Questioned about the violence by the security forces, Moyo said it was a matter for the police. Why had there been no prosecutions of soldiers who had gunned down unarmed people? ‘We’ve got a lot of cases under investigation’.

Asked about Mnangagwa’s remark that the January crackdown was a foretaste of things to come, Moyo insisted that the President had been misunderstood. The President was really saying the people had freedom unless they misbehaved.

The Minister assured his listeners that all that was needed was a little ‘rebranding’ of the police– the Zanu PF notion that just changing the name of something will make it different. You can listen to the interview from 1:35 to 1:43 hours inton the programme on this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0006lr4.

Moyo’s assistant, Nick Mangwana, the Zanu PF Secretary for Information who accompanied the Minister said ‘It’s tragic that the sceptre of violence during protests we see in Zimbabwe forcing the security services to act has reared its ugly head in foreign land discrediting not the Government but the hoodlums themselves and embarrassing peace loving Zimbabweans.’ Zimbabweans in the UK know that the only sceptre here is held by the Queen and we do not believe she was outside Chatham House to protest against Moyo’s visit, welcome as she would have been (see: https://www.herald.co.zw/just-in-gvt-condemns-uk-hooligans/).

Zimbabweans in the UK diaspora know Nick Mangwana well as a hypocritiical asylum seeker who went on to lead Zanu PF UK and who has now gone on to his just reward as a flunky of the military regime.

Other points

  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table today and put up the banners: Happy Chazuza, Abigail Chidavayenzi, Marvellous Chinguwa, Jonathan Kariwo, Tatenda Mandiki, Rosemary Maponga, Charles Mararirakwenda, Dambudzo Marimira, Patricia Masamba, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Esther Munyira, Mary Muteyerwa, Hazvinei Saili and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks to Rosemary and Dambudzo for looking after the front table, to Hazvinei, Joyce, Abigail and Mary for handing out flyers, to Mary for drumming and to Jonathan, Patricia Masamba and Heather Makawa for photos. Also a special thank you to Jonathan for printing Vigil flyers at his own expense.
  • For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. 

FOR THE RECORD: 24 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR sponsored walk. Saturday 27th July. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776. More information as plans progress.
  • ROHR general members’ meeting. Saturday 10th August from 11.30 am. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Patricia Masamba 07708116625.
  • ROHR Beach Barbecue. Sunday 25th August – Date tbc. Venue: Frinton-on-Sea, Essex CO13 9DN. Contact: Patricia Masamba 07708116625 and Heather Makawa 07716391800.
  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Facebook pages:
    Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil
  • ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/
    ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515
 
The two faces of Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 6th July 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 16:12

Zanu PF popped the champagne to celebrate Zimbabwe’s promotion by the World Bank from a lower income country to a lower middle economy. Apparently we now have an average annual income of $1,790.

The champagne went flat when it dawned on people that the World Bank might be assuming that we were all soon to be millionaires like in the days of the last Zim dollar. Or, more likely, the World Bank was not factoring in the vast disparity in income between the Zanu PF elite and the ordinary people living on an income far less that $1,790.

This ‘private opulence and public squalor’ was illustrated in the boastful display of wealth by Zanu PF MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena, who reportedly paid $420,000 for a Lamborghini, which he presumably is stupid enough to use on the pot-holed roads of Zimbabwe.

Anyway, it was business as normal for Finance Minister Ncube and Central Bank governor Mangudya who flew off to China in the hope of getting a financial bailout to ease the liquidity crisis, no doubt assuring the Chinese that we would soon start clearing our long overdue debts to them.

The problem is that the Chinese are not amused by the difficulties experienced by one of its investors in Zimbabwe, Sunny Yi Feng Tiles which has ploughed $50 million into its Norton factory which exports 70% of its tiles to SADC countries. The company says it has decided to abandon plans to expand because of persistent harassment and demands for bribes by politicians and government officials. It had been thinking of investing $1.2 billion in Zimbabwe but might now look to Zambia, Angola or Mozambique.

The new Chair of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, Loice Matanda-Moyo, says unbridled corruption is a major cause of the country’s economic crisis. She said she wanted the commission to deal with high profile members of society who had been putting up resistance.

The Vigil wishes Ms Matanda-Moyo luck. Apart from the big players, she won’t have far to look for corruption cases, given the suspension of the Masvingo Provincial Hospital Superintendent and his entire management committee in a scandal over the alleged direction of critical drugs to private pharmacies for resale in foreign currency (see: http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2019/07/entire-hosp-management-suspended-over.html). 

Other points

  • On a lovely sunny day London was crowded for Gay Pride day. Many people signed our petition.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table today and put up the banners: Miriam Gasho, Beaulah Gore, Deborah Harry, Dambudzo Marimira, Margaret Munenge, Lucia Mungwari, Collen Mupazviriho, Hazvinei Saili and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks to Margaret, Lucia and Miriam for looking after the front table, to Hazvinei, Beaulah and Bridget Mupotsa for handing out flyers, to Margaret and Beaulah for drumming and to Deborah for photos.
  • For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. 

FOR THE RECORD: 17 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR general members’ meeting. Saturday 13th July from 11.30 am. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Patricia Masamba 07708116625.
  • ROHR sponsored walk. Saturday 27th July. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776. More information as plans progress.
  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Facebook pages:
    Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil
    ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/
    ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515
 
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