Vigil Diary 09-08-2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 August 2008 20:04
A soaking wet Vigil so we went into survival mode: tarpaulin billowing in the wind and a minimum of banners and posters. At least it wasn't cold. We thought few people would turn up but amazingly we had what has become a fairly normal turnout of upwards of 150. The damp didn't seem to matter at all even when someone prodded the tarpaulin and unleashed a torrent on the unsuspecting people on the fringes. Crammed together there was even more incentive to sing and just enough room to dance, enhanced by the reappearance of an old friend Clifford Mahembe, a founder member of the Vigil.

Ephraim Tapa, another founder member of the Vigil, who recently returned from a visit to South Africa , answered anxious questions about the talks between the MDC and Zanu-PF. He said people wanted genuine change for Zimbabwe and the objective was creating a conducive environment for free and fair elections. The talks should not be about power sharing but about allowing the people to freely decide their own destiny. “The people know what they want”, he said. The general feeing was that the Vigil is in for a long haul outside the Zimbabwe Embassy because no one is prepared to accept a deal which will not recognise the needs of the people.

An indication of how integrated Zimbabwean exiles are becoming in British life came when a disabled Zimbabwean briefly joined us with his English carer – an interesting reversal of roles given that so many Zimbabweans here are employed as carers.

FOR THE RECORD: 155 signed the register.


•  Euripides' ‘Elektra' at 9.15pm on 11- 13 August at the Ca md en People's Theatre, 56 – 61 Hampstead Road , London NW12PY. This production is set in Zimbabwe and hopes to raise questions about the current situation. For bookings contact;

•  Next Glasgow Vigil . Saturday 16 th August, 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Argyle Street Precinct. For more information contact: Ancilla Chifamba , 07770 291 150, Patrick Dzimba, 07990 724 137 or Jonathan Chireka, 07504 724 471. 

•  Zimbabwe Association's Women's Weekly Drop-in Centre . Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: T he Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street , London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park . For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).


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The Zimbabwe Vigil exists entirely on donations from the public and well wishers. You can help us by donating via a deposit into our account Thank you.