Election rigging fears – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 26th February 2022 PDF Print E-mail
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The pressure group Team Pachedu says the electoral commission (ZEC) has failed to provide satisfactory explanations for the concerns and anomalies the group has pointed out in the voters’ roll recently produced for the crucial 26th March by-elections. It said this gave rise to suspicions that the elections could be rigged.

 

Team Pachedu challenged ZEC to explain several issues, including a massive redirection of voters from their registered polling stations to those outside their constituencies – some as far as 100 kilometres away. It demanded to know why ZEC officials contravened the law and accepted registrants with unknown or unnamed residential addresses. Analysts say the alleged changes were likely to disenfranchise millions of voters (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/02/zec-taken-to-task-over-doctored-voters-roll/).

 

Despite rural poverty, an analysis of the voters’ roll shows Zimbabwe’s voters include the oldest people in the world. The analysis showed the roll included 3,253 people aged 100 or more, including 11 who were older than the oldest acknowledged person Japanese Kane Tanaka, who was 119 in January |(see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/zec-brews-shocker-as-eleven-120-year-old-people-appear-on-voters-roll/).

 

While on the subject of old age, the Vigil was interested in the argument in court that former Permanent Secretary for Mines Professor Francis Gudyanga should be spared jail for fraud because he is 75. The ancient professor had allegedly been receiving payments for meetings with himself. If we have more than 3,000 people on the voters’ roll aged over 100,  one would have thought that the professor was not too ancient for jail – where he could have lots more meetings with himself at government expense (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/02/please-dont-jail-me-l-am-old-ex-perm-sec-proff-gudyanga-pleads-in-court/).

 

Although the European Union has now lifted sanctions on Grace Mugabe, Vice President Chiwenga and the army chief General Sibanda, it says respect for human rights has not improved in Zimbabwe (see: https://www.news24.com/news24/africa/news/eu-removes-grace-mugabe-zimbabwes-vice-president-and-army-commander-from-sanctions-list-20220222).

 

The EU says: ‘Intimidation of the political opposition and other government critics has continued to restrict the democratic and civic space, which is under threat of shrinking further, through the Data Protection Act and ongoing legislative processes such as the Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill and the envisaged so-called “Patriotic Act”. The EU is concerned about these developments.’ (See: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/02/21/zimbabwe-declaration-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-european-union/.)

 

Other points

 

Events and Notices:

  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation 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 Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 17.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk.

 
Election Tension – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 19th February 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 February 2022 20:14

 

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The police laid down strict conditions for the first rally of Nelson Chamisa’s new party Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) scheduled for Sunday at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields.

 

The rally will launch the party’s campaign for the by-elections for 28 parliamentary constituencies and a number of councillors set for 26th March. They will be closely watched for indications of how next year’s national elections may turn out.

 

CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere accused the police of selectively applying the law and claimed that the conditions laid down were unconstitutional, violating the party’s right to equality before the law.

 

Mahere said: ‘Why ban slogans at a rally? Why ban singing? Why ban transport?’ adding that similar restrictions had not been applied to rallies by Zanu PF and others (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/02/police-set-tough-conditions-for-chamisa-rally/).

 

The CCC deputy spokesperson, Gift Siziba threatened protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), accusing it of attempting to rig the by-elections. Siziba said: ZEC had illegally moved over 170,000 voters from their original constituencies and wards on the voters’ roll to be used on 26th March.

 

He said the by-elections were a litmus test of ZEC’s capacity to hold credible elections in 2023 and warned that the party would boycott the polls if the electoral field was not level (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/02/ccc-takes-aim-at-zec/).

 

Church leaders have called for free, fair and peaceful elections. They said in a pastoral message that ZEC and other institutions should provide ‘timely, accurate and complete information to the electorate to enable them to make informed decisions’ and urged the security forces to act in an non-partisan way to avoid loss of life.

 

Among the signatories was Archbishop Robert Ndlovu, head of the Catholic Bishops Conference. The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace said it would again deploy election observers across constituencies (see: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/africa/news/2022-02/zimbabwe-s-church-leaders-issue-statement-on-the-elections-we-w.html).

 

The US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Hastings says his country will be following the March by-elections. ‘We are watching very closely how these elections will be conducted — not just on election day, but the preparations, issues of a level playing-field and everything about the democratic situation leading to an election is a priority to us.’ Hastings was speaking to journalists after a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/02/us-to-follow-march-26-by-elections-preparations-campaigns/).

 

Other points

  • Deputy CCC spokesperson Siziba has accused Zanu PF of ‘a harvest of fear’ policy to deter people from joining the CCC. He was speaking after three supporters in Mashonaland East said they were attacked by Zanu PF activists using iron bars (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/zanu-pf-youths-torture-ccc-supporters-for-wearing-yellow-in-mashonaland-east/).
  • The acting mayor of Mutare fainted after losing a mayoral election. Farai Bhiza (MDC Alliance) lost to Simon Chabuka of the CCC in a vote to replace the former mayor, Blessing Tandi, who was recalled last week by the Alliance led by Douglas Mwonzora (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/02/councillor-faints-after-losing-mayoral-election/).
  • Because of concerns about the Covid Omicron variant, the Vigil Co-ordinators suspended the physical meetings at the Embassy. We will review this when the situation improves. In the meantime we will continue to run the Virtual Vigil as we did during lockdown. The Virtual Vigil shows the powers-that-be that we are still campaigning against their iniquitous behaviour and enables our activists to continue our protest and allows us to support them individually. Activists who wish to participate virtually should pose in their Vigil / ROHR / Zimbabwe regalia with a relevant poster and take a photo / selfie during normal Vigil hours (Saturdays between 2 and 5 pm). The photos will be labelled with your name and uploaded onto the Vigil website, the Vigil’s Flickr photo page and Facebook. You will also be listed on the Vigil diary as having participated in that day’s virtual Vigil. There will be a small charge to cover admin costs, the ongoing upkeep of the Vigil and our support for the human rights work of ROHR, our sister organisation in Zimbabwe. See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720296634894 for today’s photos. Our virtual Vigil activist today was Nolanga Ndlovu who kindly contributed to Vigil funds.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation 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

 
Education Disaster – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 12th February 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 February 2022 13:31

 

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The Zimbabwe government has suspended absent teachers for three months without pay after only a few teachers turned up when schools were supposed to reopen this week after a long closure because of the Covid pandemic.

 

The teachers are demanding a substantial pay increase because their salaries have been eroded by inflation and the devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar. They rejected as too low a government offer of a 20% increase and part payment in US dollars. They say their absence was not a strike but because of ‘incapacity’.

 

‘Teachers have been reduced to paupers. They are living in poverty’ said Obert Masaraure, president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union. Teachers were struggling to pay their own children’s school fees. Masaraure added ‘there is ongoing academic genocide. We are losing a whole generation that is now engaged in child marriages because they can’t be in school.’

 

More than half the population live in extreme poverty, worsened by Covid, according to a joint survey by the government, the World Bank and the United Nations children’s agency (see: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-02-10/zimbabwes-teachers-strike-amid-pandemic-and-high-inflation).

 

Meanwhile, Norton MP Temba Mliswa has hit out angrily at the Chinese, describing them as bullies who have captured government and initiated grand looting of the country’s resources. Mliswa questioned why the Chinese accused of beating up Chief Chivero at the Norton tiles manufacturer Sunny Yi Feng had not been arrested (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/drive-the-chinese-out-mliswa/).

 

The complaint followed a recent statement by a group of 27 Zimbabwean civil society organisations who criticised the operations of Chinese companies in Zimbabwe. The CSOs demanded that the government ‘must engage China and Chinese investors for being socially irresponsible, violating human rights and illegally extracting natural resources of the country.’ (See: https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/chinese-firms-face-negative-sentiment-in-zimbabwe-as-they-pose-threat-to-natural-resources-articleshow.html).

 

Another controversial former Zanu PF leader, Professor Jonathan Moyo, has described the use of Nelson Chamisa’s face as an election symbol for his newly launched Citizens’ Coalition for Change as ‘a genius’ marketing move. He said it would be instantly recognisable in both urban and rural areas as the party of the person who broke the 2 million voter barrier in the 2018 election ‘which some of us who looked carefully into elections are aware he won’. (See: https://cite.org.zw/use-of-chamisa-face-as-election-symbol-not-occultism/.)

 

Other points

  • ‘A chilling lesson in the fragility of democracy’ was the headline above a review in the London Times this week of a film shown on BBC television. It was a documentary by Camilla Nielsson titled ‘President’ showing how the 2018 Zimbabwe election was stolen by Zanu PF (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/1196-a-chilling-lesson-in-the-fragility-of-democracy). The film can be seen on BBC iPlayer on this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001498x/storyville-president.
  • Because of concerns about the Covid Omicron variant, the Vigil Co-ordinators suspended the physical meetings at the Embassy. We will review this when the situation improves. In the meantime we will continue to run the Virtual Vigil as we did during lockdown. The Virtual Vigil shows the powers-that-be that we are still campaigning against their iniquitous behaviour and enables our activists to continue our protest and allows us to support them individually. Activists who wish to participate virtually should pose in their Vigil / ROHR / Zimbabwe regalia with a relevant poster and take a photo / selfie during normal Vigil hours (Saturdays between 2 and 5 pm). The photos will be labelled with your name and uploaded onto the Vigil website, the Vigil’s Flickr photo page and Facebook. You will also be listed on the Vigil diary as having participated in that day’s virtual Vigil. There will be a small charge to cover admin costs, the ongoing upkeep of the Vigil and our support for the human rights work of ROHR, our sister organisation in Zimbabwe. See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720296634894 for today’s photos. Our virtual Vigil activist today was Nolanga Ndlovu who kindly contributed to Vigil funds.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation 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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