Vigil Diary 06-09-2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 September 2008 00:00
A miracle Vigil. There have been floods all over the country and it rained steadily in London until we started the Vigil, when the rain unexpectedly stopped. We couldn’t believe our luck at having a dry spell to put up our tarpaulin and banners. Forced to huddle under the tarpaulin when the rain returned for a spell, we discussed the impasse in Zimbabwe. The general view was that the MDC is right to hold out for real power. The feeling we have – based on input by our families in Zimbabwe – is that the economic situation is now in freefall and is doing Morgan’s work for him.

At this crucial time we were glad to have Salome Sakala’s prayers. The drums fell silent and singing and dancing stopped as we all prayed for our country and its suffering people.

We were joined by Caroline from Devon selling her handsome hessian shopping bags inscribed “Working for a new Zimbabwe”. She brought the good news that Devon County Council is to promote the bags and mention the Vigil on its website.

As we approach our sixth anniversary, the Vigil has become a feature of London life. We get many students asking for our help to write dissertations on Zimbabwean matters: the situation back home and the life of asylum seekers here. Today a student was interviewing asylum seekers about their use of the internet.

Ephraim Tapa reported back on his visit to Glasgow in support of the Vigil there. He said he was impressed by the dedication of the Glasgow supporters and they were glad to have the opportunity to discuss the background and rationale of the Vigil. Two new Vigil co-ordinators, Tafadzwa Thomas Musemwa and Roggers Fatiya, were appointed to assist Patrick Dzimba.

Our partner organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR Zim) are holding two important meetings in the UK next weekend – in Birmingham on Saturday and Ashford, Kent on Sunday. Please see “For Your Diary” below for details.

Vigil founder member Patson Muzuwa, who drives down from Leicester to be with us, celebrated his birthday today. It was good to have his sons Wilfred and David with us. Patson has been an inspiration to us all and his singing has spurred us to new heights.

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