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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 21:03
The Zimbabwe Vigil's latest petition is now online: https://www.change.org/p/ask-uk-government-to-insist-on-reforms-leading-to-democratic-elections-in-zimbabwe. Please sign it and circulate widely. Thanks.
 
Petition to UK Africa Minister Rory Stewart: Zimbabwean exiles and supporters welcome your visit to Zimbabwe and believe the UK has much to contribute to the country. The euphoria over the removal of the Mugabes has given way to realisation that nothing else has changed. The new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke of democracy but also made clear his overriding allegiance to Zanu PF, which has repeatedly shown it does not believe in democracy. We urge you to insist on free and fair elections in Zimbabwe to determine the will of the people before the UK offers support to Mnangagwa. In particular, we stress the importance of the following: New voters’ roll and an independent election commission, Diaspora vote, Participation of Western election observers, Opposition access to state radio and television,  Police reform and the disbanding of the Central Intelligence Organisation.
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Zimbabwe Vigil 18th November 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 November 2017 23:17

We had so many people at the Vigil that we had no idea of numbers. It was by far the biggest gathering we have ever had outside the Embassy. Everyone was fired up and full of optimism. Thanks to the police for their tolerance when we swamped the pavement. The overwhelming message from the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Embassy was: ‘A new Zimbabwe’. For photos see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157666519464919.

 

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Electoral Machinations PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 September 2017 18:48

From ROHR in Zimbabwe 19/9/17

At ZEC offices. Hanzi ma paper eku register apera we have been turned away. ZEC playing jokes with voters, They have registered only 60 people. This is just a way to frustrate us not to vote. It is really a Zanu PF plan to demotivate voters and continue to cling on to power. ROHR International condemns this act as it is violating people's rights. We urge ZEC to stop this exercise right away until they are fully prepared for this exercise. 

Tinashe Zhakata, ROHR programmes, For peace justice and freedom

 

 

Video from Linda Masarira about people being turned away from registering at the Zimbabwe Electoral C9ommission offices: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1653314141394448&id=100001476351056

 

 

From Linda Masarira 21/09/2017 From my sources in Kadoma

Yesterday at 2pm all Soldiers at Ngezi Barracks Battlefields Kadoma were called to an emergency drill (meeting). Addressed by their respective commanding officers of each brigade. Message was they MUST not visit registration centres instead they must simply SUPPLY their names and ID numbers and those of their spouses and children to be above 18 years by March next year. This information will be directed to ZEC and they will be automatically registered.

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NB: This is most likely to happen to all uniformed forces.

 

LESSONS: noted by me L. T. Masarira

1)     The current registration system allows importation of registration data from outside sources meaning ZEC lied to us that you can be registered only if you visit the centre.

2)     Zanu PF has since February this year been running a parallel programme where it was registering its party members using exactly the same system as ZEC. It is reported that so far they have registered 3million people. What is likely to happen is that all these people will be imported into the ZEC data base. (Remember Zanupf now has Biometric party membership cards with face and finger print which are even linked to zimswitch.)

3)     The absence of Zanu PF members at most of these centres raises suspicion and if anything confirms my point above.

 

Recommendations to CSOs and Opposition parties:

1)     ZEC must allow all political parties to access the data server.

2)     Each BVR kit must be accompanied by an accredited monitor from an interested stakeholder including political parties and CSO.

3)     ZEC must publish number of registrants per day per BVR kit.

 

 
Looming financial meltdown in Zimbabwe PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 September 2017 18:25

Two messages to the Vigil:

 

1)     Hehehe . . this is so epic. So I was with my friend who got a crisp US$50 note. He wanted to pay for his groceries with the money. And I was like "dude . . hold on.Gimmie that note." He gave me the note. And I was like "wait for me right here in the shop, I will be back in less than 5 minutes." I rushed out to the gym yepa joina city paye, I spoke to a guy who paid me 70 bond for the US$50. I then called a dude who was looking for cash earlier kuti ndine 70 bond notes cash he transferred $90 bond into my bank account (zipit). I went back to my friend in the shop and I swiped for his groceries. Then we were left with $40 extra from the original $50 . . . all happened within 15 minutes . . . And we happily went for drinks . . . hehehehe . . #My_country

 

2)     In the next 3 to 5 days things may get very bad. Stock up any food or other basic commodities you may need. The Inflation rate has gone up to 50 percent it means the prices of stuff will be doubling at least once per day. The minister of finance printed excess bond notes to buy US Dollars off the streets early this week so the market may be flooded with useless money. Most shops may no longer be taking swipe transactions because of this further rise in bond note circulation brace yourself for tough times ladies and gentlemen.

 
Rerun of Kenyan Election PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:05

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kenya-s-top-court-orders-rerun-of-presidential-poll-rnc8mnvq0

Kenya’s top court orders rerun of presidential poll

Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg 02/09/2017

President Kenyatta called Kenya’s Supreme Court judges “crooks” last night after they declared his election win a sham and ordered a rerun of last month’s tense contest.

Mr Kenyatta appeared to threaten the six-man bench with vengeance, warning: “They will know we are also men . . . let them wait for us after elections.”

While the judges’ decision was praised as a pivotal moment for African democracy, the president’s unscripted comments raised the spectre of the tribal violence that caused 1,500 deaths in unrest after the 2007 election.

In a ruling that stunned the country, the court said that last month’s count was marred by “irregularities and illegalities” and that the election should be rerun within 60 days. Raila Odinga, who lost with 44 per cent of the vote to Mr Kenyatta’s 54 per cent, called it a “historic” decision that he said would reverberate across Africa and strengthen democracy on the continent.

Mr Kenyatta, 55, initially appeared to accept yesterday’s 4-2 majority verdict and urged his countrymen to keep the peace. During a televised address to the nation, he said: “Millions of Kenyans queued and made their choice and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people.

“To Kenyans, I urge peace. The fault is not yours. Your neighbour remains your neighbour and that is the person that is most important to you. We are not at war with our brothers and sisters in the opposition because we are all Kenyans.”

However, within hours his tone changed when he visited a Nairobi market that is a stronghold of his Jubilee coalition with William Ruto, the deputy president with whom he was tried and acquitted by the International Criminal Court on a charge of stirring the 2007 election violence.

Mr Kenyatta told supporters that “whites and other trash” had paid the judges to throw out his victory. However, yesterday’s ruling blamed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rather than Mr Kenyatta and said that a new vote should be held by November 1.

“The court was satisfied that the [electoral body] committed irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results,” David Maraga, the chief justice, said. “As to whether the illegalities and irregularities affected the integrity of the election, the court was satisfied that they did.”

Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Mr Kenyatta’s lawyer, described the ruling as “very political” and took to Twitter to accuse the judges of launching a “judicial coup d’etat” in a “third world court”.

The judgment represents an astonishing twist in a dynastic battle between Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, whose fathers served as president and vice-president in Kenya’s first post-colonial government in the 1960s.

The recent election was fought on issues of corruption and a failing economy but it also represented a renewed clash between two of Kenya’s largest and historically opposed ethnic groups: Mr Kenyatta’s Kikuyu and Mr Odinga’s Luo. All but one of Kenya’s post- independence presidents have been Kikuyu and it had been hoped by the Luo and other tribes that Mr Odinga’s fourth tilt at the presidency might bring them greater representation and state resources. Instead he lost and in the ensuing protests 21 people were killed, including a nine-year-old girl and a baby.

Mr Odinga’s jubilant supporters thronged the streets of Nairobi and his stronghold of Kisumu, in west Kenya. Mr Odinga, 72, praised the determination of his supporters, called for “rotten” electoral officials to face criminal prosecution and condemned the international teams of election observers from the European Union, African Union and United States, who rubberstamped the poll as a largely free and fair. They included John Kerry, the former US secretary of state, and Thabo Mbeki, the former president of South Africa.

Mr Odinga’s lawyers claimed that Mr Kenyatta’s team had been behind the torture and murder of the IEBC’s technical chief days before the election and used information obtained from him to hack into its new database to rig the result. The opposition claimed that it had seen enough to suggest that the votes of up to five million people, a third of those who voted, had been manipulated. Dennis Onyango, Mr Odinga’s spokesman, said of the verdict: “Nobody believed it would happen but it has and it shows that sometimes there are moments in history that we can make.”

Raphael Tuju, secretary-general of Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition, predicted that when polls were rerun more of his supporters would turn out, giving them a 64 per cent share of the vote, adding: “There’s a silver lining to this.”

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-triumph-for-the-rule-of-law-in-africa-fgl8gg3l7

A triumph for the rule of law in Africa

Michael Binyon – September 2 2017

The Kenyan Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law that will resonate throughout the continent.

It will be especially keenly felt in other Commonwealth countries such as South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda where democracy is under threat. It is also a slap in the face for the international observers — led by John Kerry, a former US secretary of state — who declared that the last election had been largely fair.

The rebuff will force the new observers to focus on the computer system used to tally the votes. This was identified by the judges as the point where hackers were able to break in and falsify the results.

The court’s verdict is being hailed by Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, as vindication of its accusations of vote-tampering. The danger now is that the opposition will refuse to accept anything other than victory in the next vote, while the apparent margin of victory by the government in the last election means it is quite possible that President Kenyatta will win the rerun.

Many Kenyans will applaud the court’s political courage, but their neighbours will be aghast. President Museveni in Uganda has held several elections marred by accusations of vote-rigging. In Rwanda, President Kagame has just won an unlikely 99 per cent of the vote and in South Africa, President Zuma may still fear accusations of ANC vote-rigging.

 

 
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