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Let them eat yoghurt – Zimbabwe Vigil’s 12th Anniversary Diary: 11th October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:58

The Vigil was represented at a charity meeting in London on a wet evening last Wednesday to hear a talk by former Education Minister David Coltart. We were sorry we had taken the trouble to go when the chairman announced he didn’t want any questions of a political nature. We made our escape as soon as decently possible – but not before being told we should be raising money for Zimbabwean charities.

 

People who have followed our activities for the past 12 years will know that Vigil supporters have raised thousands of dollars for struggling schools in Zimbabwe and other projects including supporting the work of pastors helping the poor in David Coltart’s own Bulawayo area. We don’t go on about this because the Vigil’s focus is political. We believe it is idle to discuss Zimbabwe’s problems without looking at the political context. To be blunt, politics is the elephant in the room. Or to offer another cliché: charity begins at home (as the recent IMF mission to Zimbabwe concluded).

 

Why we went to the meeting was to learn about the state of education in Zimbabwe. We would have liked to have known, for instance, what Mr Coltart’s views are on Dr Grace’s two-month PhD (and whether we can still register in time to get our doctorates in our Christmas stockings). Or why the pass rate at O and A levels has dropped. Or why, if Zimbabweans are the most literate people in Africa, we are in such a mess with our young men beating people up for a few drunken dollars or worshipping at the shrine of the Mugabes.

 

Are these the marks of the educated?

·         About 300 pastors and their wives went to Dr Grace’s ‘children’s home’ in Mazowe to be told that Mugabe had been anointed by heaven: ‘In their requests to the First Lady, the pastors said they wanted to be considered for farms and be given stands to prepare for their retirement from the ministry. In response, Grace said she will take their pleas to Mugabe as long as they joined Zanu PF and encouraged their members to buy party cards (see: Mugabe a pastor anointed by God, wife – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit-m-mugabe-a-pastor-anointed-by-god-wife/).

  • Dr Grace told a rally in Gweru: ‘“Nobody will remove me from the farm which I took. Blood will be spilt if anyone attempts to remove me from that farm . . . Women, we need land, so let us take it. Even if we don’t farm on the land, that is not a problem as long as you have it and it’s yours.’ (see: Pictures & Audio: I will spill blood – Grace – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit-m-pictures-audio-i-will-spill-blood-grace-newsday-zimbabwe/).

    At a rally in Harare she said: ‘Nobody is buying my yoghurt. Business is very bad because of sanctions. You can’t even find a person who can buy a packet of milk’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit-m-no-one-buying-my-yoghurt-grace-moans/ – No one buying my yoghurt, Grace moans).

     

    Mr Coltart was speaking on behalf of one of the many charities in the UK trying to help the people in Zimbabwe. This particular one is providing scholarships for children who might not otherwise achieve their full potential – a wonderful goal. But the Vigil’s task is different. As our mission statement puts it: The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 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’.

     

    The Vigil is not a charity. It is a protest organisation and one of our regular dispiriting experiences is to see plump linen-clad NGO people at London meetings, dozing between lunch and dinner while contemplating the plight of their valiant industry struggling for funds to pay £100,000 salaries and packages including children’s school fees, accommodation, cars and other necessary expenses . . .

     

    As far as we are concerned these people are looking in the wrong direction. It is not for the Vigil to become a charity but for charities to confront the politics of Zimbabwe. Wake up and taste the yoghurt.

     

    Other points

  • On the Vigil’s 12th anniversary we were blessed with a warm and sunny afternoon and had a good turnout. Several people brought treats: thanks to Cephas Moswasa for the anniversary cake, Epiphania Phiri for the tin of chocolates and the ROHR Reading branch for sadza and stew.

  • More than 20 people went on to a meeting of our Zimbabwe Action Forum to discuss the way forward and socialise on our anniversary.

  • We were horrified to see a procession of ghoulish people with blood oozing out pass by the Vigil. But we learnt it was a demonstration by health workers drawing attention to the curse of Ebola. The Vigil notes the donation of $32 million by emerging economic giant China to help deal with the epidemic in West Africa. It compares with an estimated $1 billion from the US and several hundred million dollars from the UK. But perhaps the Chinese will build a crematorium (with Chinese workers).                                                                                                                       

  • Thanks to Patricia Masamba, Mavis Chisvo and Helen Rukambiro for arriving early to help set up. Thanks also to Helen for looking after the front table during the Vigil.

  • At the Vigil our new wristband proved popular. Instead of just saying ‘Mugabe must go’ it now reads ‘Mugabe must go / has gone’, hedging our bets.

     

    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: 47 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 18th October from 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 18th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 25th October at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 1st November from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and Pizza Express. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

  • Hope for Zimbabwe’. Tuesday 4th November from 7 – 9 pm. Venue: the Royal Geographical Society, London. Hosted by the Mike Campbell Foundation with Ben Freeth, MBE, Christina Lamb, OBE, Dame Linda Dobbs (Chair). Tickets: £15. For more information, check:  http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/events-2014.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2013 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/560-vigil-highlights-2013. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2013 Highlights page.

  • 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 the views and opinions of ROHR.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

  • The Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets twice a month after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy

 
Stop the tanks – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 4th October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 October 2014 17:55

Picture link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/15253702567/sizes/m/

 

Anyone who has seen pictures of the teeming crowds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong will be impressed by their determination and courage.

 

The Vigil is aware of the genocidal record of the Chinese Communist Party and the tanks sent to put down the protest in Tiananmen Square twenty-five years ago. A photograph of an unarmed student standing defiantly in the path of a tank has become an icon of courage.

 

China has changed in almost unimaginable ways since then (though Mugabe hasn’t noticed). Economic reforms inspired by the West have lifted hundreds of millions from poverty. But the people of Hong Kong want more: they demand that the promise made to them of greater democracy must be honoured. So now they stand up in their masses and threaten civil disobedience.

 

This week completes the Vigil’s twelfth year standing outside the Embassy in London demonstrating against the failure to allow democracy in Zimbabwe. As election after election is stolen, as the country sinks into deepening poverty and despair, as more and more people ‘take the gap’ and abandon Zimbabwe, we are asked ‘what are people doing about it?’

 

We explain the long sleeves / short sleeves, the burnt homes, all the brutalities of the fascist Zanu PF regime, but still we are asked: ‘what about non-co-operation, passive resistance . . .?’

 

It is not for the diaspora in the safety in London to tell people to go out and be beaten but our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe, responding to the feeling of desperation, has decided they must publicly stand with the people of Chitingwiza and Epworth, whose houses are being demolished in a new Murambatsvina (see: http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/rohr-condemns-demolition-housing-chitungwiza/).

 

And whatever the reservations about Tsvangirai’s leadership, we at the Vigil applaud his decision to exercise his constitutional right and take to the streets to protest about the cataclysmic failure of the Zanu PF regime. Will he be the man to stop the tanks?

 

Other points

  • We are informed that the EU Embassy in Harare has a detailed dossier on the seizure of white farmer David Conolly’s Centenary Farm at Figtree by Dr Ray Ndhlukula, who is the point man for the government when it comes to foreign direct investment. The Vigil’s source says the Embassy gives each would-be investor from the EU a copy of this dossier before they go off to meet Dr Ndhlukula. ‘It is suggested that he is losing his sense of humour having to explain the contradictions between his complete disregard for the law and property rights and trying to inveigle investors into sinking their hard earned money into such an investment unfriendly environment.’

  • Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha says Zimbabwe’s poor image has a negative effect on the economy and he has come to the conclusion that re-branding is the answer. The Vigil wonders how you re-brand theft and lawlessness? (See: http://www.herald.co.zw/zim-needs-to-re-brand-to-attract-investment/).

  • Full marks to Finance Minister Chinamasa for telling South Africa where to get off. If they don’t give us loans at concessionary rates we just won’t pay them back. That’ll teach them a lesson.

  • The Vigil was graced by the presence of Dr Mugabe in her splendid new academic robes. Don’t tell anyone but she was played by Deborah Harry and carried posters such as ‘Let me lead you to the promised Guccis’.

  • Thanks to Deborah, Joseph Chivayo, Thobile Gwebu, Marlon Nyamakaiga, Jessie Kawaliza, Nigel Mbohwa and Fungayi Mabhunu for arriving early to help set up in the first rain we have had for the past month.

     

    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: 20 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ‘Educating the Youth in Zimbabwe – Building for a Better Future’. Wednesday 8th October at 6.30 pm Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA (0207 3242570). The Budiriro Trust presents a talk by David Coltart, former Zimbabwean Minister of Education with refreshments and discussion with David Coltart and members of the Trust. Entry free but please register at: www.freewordcentre.com/events/detail/a-talk-by-david-coltart.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil’s Twelfth Anniversary. Saturday 11th October.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 11th October from 6.15 pm. This forum will be marking the 12th anniversary of the Vigil. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and Pizza Express. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

  • ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 18th October from 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 18th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 25th October at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Hope for Zimbabwe’. Tuesday 4th November from 7 – 9 pm. Venue: the Royal Geographical Society, London. Hosted by the Mike Campbell Foundation with Ben Freeth, MBE, Christina Lamb, OBE, Dame Linda Dobbs (Chair). Tickets: £15. For more information, check:  http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/events-2014.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2013 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/560-vigil-highlights-2013. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2013 Highlights page.

  • 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 the views and opinions of ROHR.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

  • The Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets twice a month after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy

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Tables turned – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 October 2014 21:33

People running away in fear: it must have seemed like old times for Zanu PF Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa. Except this time it was the former CIO agent and director of the ZBC who was doing the running when he arrived with Embassy flunkies to give a talk at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London on Tuesday (16th September).

 

A group from the Vigil was ready for Deputy Foreign Minister Mutsvangwa with our twelve foot banner ‘No to Mugabe, No to Starvation’ and posters such as: ‘No to Mugabe Stooge Christopher Mutsvangwa’. ‘No to Stolen Elections’, ‘No to Mugabe Mafia’ and ‘Free and Fair Elections in Zimbabwe’. Another poster recorded Mugabe’s latest racist rant: ‘Kick out remaining Whites’.

 

The Mutsvangwa group tried to avoid us by sneaking into Chatham House through a side door. But Vigil demonstrators got there first and blocked Mutsvangwa’s entry, demanding to know what he was doing in London representing an illegal regime. By the time he got into the building he was visibly shaken.

 

Chatham House, influenced by a ZANU PF sympathiser on their payroll who poses as an impartial academic, takes every opportunity to invite Mugabe representatives to tell the world how wonderful he is. They might like to know a bit more about Deputy Foreign Minister Mutsvangwa. He was, for instance, not at all diplomatic when he launched a reign of terror against opposition supporters after unsuccessfully standing for Zanu PF in Norton in the 2008 elections. Several people died at the hands of mobs he personally directed. In addition to setting up torture bases, he was also accused of involvement in illegal diamond deals.

 

All in all, Mr Mutsvangwa is not an ideal candidate to put Chatham House straight about Zimbabwe. They might be interested to read the following:

  • ‘Mutsvangwa is reported to have ordered the CID to arrest (Costa) Mateta and his partners. The Homicide Squad detectives are said to have taken Mateta and two others to Granville Cemetery on the outskirts of Harare, where they brutally tortured them and shot them to death’.

  • Gibson Nyandoro was summoned ‘to a kangaroo court chaired by Mutsvangwa... His body was discovered floating in a local dam a few days later’.

  • Moses Mutandwa . . . ‘was heavily assaulted with sticks under the feet and all over the body’.

  • Chris Kakanga . . . ‘savagely assaulted with steel bars and logs until he sustained a fractured arm and leg’.

  • John Kwangware ‘said his left eye is permanently damaged as they allegedly tried to remove it’.

  • David Mupandasekwa . ‘the mob hauled him blindfolded to a place where CIO agents heavily assaulted him and left him for dead’.

  • Theresa Kamasula . . . ‘Was taken into the tent and subjected to terrible assault and torture. The youths threatened to kill her if they wanted. She was told they had orders from Mutsvangwa to ‘kill’ and it was up to them either to kill or spare her life’.

    (See: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/614-background-to-christoph-mutsvangwa).

     

    Thanks to Cephas Maswoswa who led the dancing and singing with an energy fuelled by anger at the treatment meted out to ordinary Zimbabweans by a callous regime which only got into power through a massively rigged election. With him were Lipi Mhlope, Patricia Maromo, Patricia Masamba, Fungisai Mupandira, Tendai Chadehambe, Fungayi Mabhunu and Rose Benton who came to the protest at very short notice.

     

    Thanks to Epiphania Phiri, Hilda Gwesele and Roda Majoni who came early to the Vigil today to help set up.

     

    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: 29 signed the register.


EVENTS AND NOTICES:

Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 27th September from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and Pizza Express. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 27th September from 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

ROHR Reading Branch general meeting and outreach. Saturday 27th September from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Venue: RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. Contact: Information & Publicity Officer: 07532021348.

ROHR 2014 National Conference. Saturday 4th October from 11 am till late. Venue: Malaika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1NS. Restoration of Human Rights International invites its members, supporters, partners and the general public to come and celebrate. Contact: Branch Chairperson – Thandiwe Gwarumba 07503 512308, Publicity Department – Tino Mashonganyika 07463 272078, Fundraising – Gladys Muduve 07956 430115, Secretary – Catherine Muchabayiwa, 07529 556254, Organizing Secretary – Jane Mary Mapfumo 07412 310429.

 

Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 4th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

Zimbabwe Vigil’s Twelfth Anniversary. Saturday 11th October.

Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 25th October at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

Hope for Zimbabwe’. Tuesday 4th November from 7 – 9 pm. Venue: the Royal Geographical Society, London. Hosted by the Mike Campbell Foundation with Ben Freeth, MBE, Christina Lamb, OBE, Dame Linda Dobbs (Chair). Tickets: £15. For more information, check:  http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/events-2014.

Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2013 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/560-vigil-highlights-2013. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2013 Highlights page.

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 the views and opinions of ROHR.

Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

The Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets twice a month after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy

Facebook pages:
Vigil: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts

ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515
ROHR: https://www.facebook.co/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

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Zanu PF’s forked tongue – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 27th September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:25

The Vigil notes Mugabe’s restatement of his attitude towards the ‘evil’ donors who are trying to educate our children, maintain some semblance of a health service and feed those starving in the rural areas.

 

Speaking at the UN, Mugabe told the General Assembly that, for daring to empower her people, Zimbabwe had become a victim of ‘the evil machinations of Western countries, namely the United States of America and the European Union’, who continue to apply unilateral and illegal sanctions as a tool to achieve regime change. He added: ‘No good can come from undermining our economy or depriving our citizens of the necessities of life’. (See: Mugabe denounces evil US, EU – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_mugabe-denounces-evil-us-eu/).

 

Mugabe’s tired rant exposed the hypocrisy of Zimbabwe’s Deputy Foreign Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa who, while claiming to be an intimate of Mugabe, voiced a very different view of the West when he spoke at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London on 16th September.

 

While the Vigil was outside the building protesting at his visit, a Herald reporter was inside and here is the gist of what he reported:

 

The City of London must ‘pay heed to the tantalising opportunities in SADC’ and mobilise international capital to invest in a region with ‘a solid foundation of democracy, peace and political stability’. Throwing open his arms, Mutsvangwa went on: ‘why not do once again what Cecil Rhodes did in 1890 when he brought capital and business to Zimbabwe’.

 

‘Indigenisation and land reform should be no barriers to investing in Zimbabwe’, he said. To make his point crystal clear Mutsvangwa explained: ‘any gripes on indigenisation and rule of law should of necessity be applicable in a universal foreign direct investment eco system’. Presumably the Herald knows what this means.

 

Waxing lyrical, the Deputy Foreign Minister asserted: ‘the still under-farmed African grasslands are highly fertile and can furnish food security to the emerging middle class of China, India and other emergent economy populous regions’. The Vigil supposes this means from the abundance remaining after filling Zimbabwe’s empty bellies . . . (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/zimbabwes-agenda-for-sadc-regional-international-priorities/).

 

Who to believe then: Mutsvangwa or Mugabe? At a time when an IMF team is in Zimbabwe saying that, because of our unpaid debt, it can’t lend us more money and will instead ask ‘the donors’ to help out, Zimbabwe’s foreign policy is hypocritical if not schizophrenic. 

 

The Vigil was interested to see the response to our last diary in which we repeated the charges made against Mutsvangwa of organising violence in the 2008 elections. In a comment he posted he said the Vigil is heartless (or perhaps it was a spelling mistake): ‘All this is demonic slander totally devoid of even an aorta (sic) of evidence. I will sue you for this even in an English court. I shall want to see the colour of your evidence. I never was in in charge of the police in zimbabwe. I have never traded in diamonds serve as chairman of mmcz. The names of political victims you litter are a fiction to my mind. You motimotivated by unbridled evil. I will sure expose you.’ (See: Tables turned – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th September 2014 – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_news/.)

 

The Vigil trusts that the EU will pay attention to Mugabe’s UN speech rather than that of fawning Mutsvangwa when it meets in November to consider removing the remaining targeted measures. As for Mr Mutsvangwa, our solicitors would be happy to hear from him. They are Sue, Grabbit and Runne, c/o Private Eye, London. Mr Mutsvangwa would be advised not to instruct the Zimbabwean government lawyers whose case in the EU against the ‘ illegal’ sanctions has now been thrown out.

 

Other points

  • ROHR 2014 National Conference. Saturday 4th October from 11 am till late. Venue: Malaika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1NS. Restoration of Human Rights International invites its members, supporters, partners and the general public to come and celebrate. Contact: Branch Chairperson – Thandiwe Gwarumba 07503 512308, Publicity Department – Tino Mashonganyika 07463 272078, Fundraising – Gladys Muduve 07956 430115, Secretary – Catherine Muchabayiwa, 07529 556254, Organizing Secretary – Jane Mary Mapfumo 07412 310429.

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 4th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • ‘Educating the Youth in Zimbabwe – Building for a Better Future’. Wednesday 8th October at 6.30 pm Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA (0207 3242570). The Budiriro Trust presents a talk by David Coltart, former Zimbabwean Minister of Education with refreshments and discussion with David Coltart and members of the Trust. Entry free but please register at: www.freewordcentre.com/events/detail/a-talk-by-david-coltart.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil’s Twelfth Anniversary. Saturday 11th October.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 11th October from 6.15 pm. This forum will be marking the 12th anniversary of the Vigil. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and Pizza Express. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

  • ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 18th October from 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 25th October at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Hope for Zimbabwe’. Tuesday 4th November from 7 – 9 pm. Venue: the Royal Geographical Society, London. Hosted by the Mike Campbell Foundation with Ben Freeth, MBE, Christina Lamb, OBE, Dame Linda Dobbs (Chair). Tickets: £15. For more information, check:  http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/events-2014.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2013 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/560-vigil-highlights-2013. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2013 Highlights page.

  • 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 the views and opinions of ROHR.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

  • The Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets twice a month after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy

 
A Zim Asset – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 13th September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 September 2014 14:10

In these difficult times for Zimbabwe the Vigil is awed by the academic triumph of the First Lady – now to be known not just as Mother of the People but also as Doctor.

 

Her new title is not a mere honorary doctorate such as the dozens showered on President Mugabe. Those ceremonial honours are mere ornaments compared to a real doctorate earned after original scholarly research. Grace’s degree is such a doctorate and our ailing people, in their time of need, can now call for help on a real doctor.

 

One could see the pride on Mugabe’s face as he gently conferred the Doctor of Philosophy degree on his young bride at a ceremony at our premier university. There was not the slightest sense that he felt outdone by Dr Grace’s superior academic qualification; just a contented feeling that he was handing over the baton to someone academically qualified for the highest office.

 

And what could be more appropriate than the subject of her learned thesis ‘The changing social structure of the family: the case of children’s homes in Zimbabwe’. What could be of greater importance than the future of our millions of orphans? They must be the worst-affected of the 72% of the population which, according to a recent report by the World Food Programme, are living below the poverty line.

 

Few could deny that Dr Grace is qualified on such a subject. She may have only achieved 7% in her BA English course ‘Approaches to Text’ and 9% for ‘Explorations in Literature’, but that was at a British university and before she acquired her vast and ever-expanding orphanage holdings in Mazowe. As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe Professor Levy Nyagura suggested at the graduation ceremony ‘illegal sanctions have a lot to answer for’.  

 

What must be acknowledged is that her mastery of orphanages is extraordinary and it is no surprise that she was able to complete her doctoral dissertation in the two months since she registered for the degree. While the President slept, she would have burnt the midnight oil thinking philosophically after putting the orphans safely to bed.

 

Other points

  • ROHR President Ephraim Tapa, just back from 12 days in Zimbabwe, said the use of Grace, possibly hand in hand with former Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, was a ploy by Mugabe to play off the rival Mujuru / Mnangagwa factions. Ephraim was speaking at a lively meeting of the bi-monthly Zimbabwe Action Forum after the Vigil, which was attended by the Chair of Zapu Europe Christopher Maphosa and Zapu activist Arthur Molife. Ephraim said he had found a dispirited people who had lost faith in politics but were ready to respond to human rights issues in a country with a vast disparity between the rich and poor. He said MDC Renewal leaders had told him they were working towards unity with other groups such as Zapu, Welshman Ncube, the NCA and Makoni. 

  • The Vigil exchanged flyers with a group of Kurdish exiles who passed by in a demonstration against the Islamic psychopaths ISIS.

  • Thanks to Joseph Chivayo and Fungayi Mabhunu for arriving early to help set up. Once again we had delicious sadza and stew, this time provided by Iline Manhunzi, Tendai Chadehumbe, Patricia Masamba and Fungisai Mupandira of ROHR Slough branch.

     

    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: 33 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 20th September from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 20th September at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • ROHR Southampton Branch at the 3rd Eastleigh Mardi Gras. Saturday 20th September from 10 am – 7 pm. Venue: Eastleigh Recreation Ground, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9DE. Well-wishers welcome to help raise funds for a charitable cause. Dancers, stalls, food,  games, workshops, music, talent show final, bands, kids competitions and Mardi Gras. Procession starts at 4:30 pm.

  • ROHR Middlesbrough Fundraising Event. Saturday 20th September from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Humanah CIC, Unit 5 BBC Broadcasting House, Brentnall Street, Middlesbrough TS1 5JA. Enjoy delicious food and amazing entertainment. All inclusive for £5. Raffle tickets with good prizes. For more information please contact: Masimba Musodza (Chairman) 07581887359, Ndumiso Ncube (Organizing Secretary) 07532080247, Xoliso Sithole (Treasurer) 07476558655, Helen Sibanda (Secretary) 07799574994 & Tapiwa Semwayo (North East Info & Pub Secretary) 07412236229.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 27th September from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and Pizza Express. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

  • ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 27th September from 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • ROHR Reading Branch general meeting and outreach. Saturday 27th September from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Venue: RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. Contact: Information & Publicity Officer: 07532021348.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil’s Twelfth Anniversary. Saturday 11th October.

  • Hope for Zimbabwe’. Tuesday 4th November from 7 – 9 pm. Venue: the Royal Geographical Society, London. Hosted by the Mike Campbell Foundation with Ben Freeth, MBE, Christina Lamb, OBE, Dame Linda Dobbs (Chair). Tickets: £15. For more information, check:  http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/events-2014.

  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2013 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/560-vigil-highlights-2013. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2013 Highlights page.

  • 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 the views and opinions of ROHR.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

  • The Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets twice a month after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy

 
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