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Unlamented dictator – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 3rd September 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 04 September 2016 11:27

The news leaked out quickly despite the security clampdown. It always does. After all, it was not unexpected. The old tyrant had been felled by a stroke: probably dead, but anyway finished.

It had been a long time coming. No one was sure what would happen next. Who would take over? There were several obvious candidates but which one would move first?

Fresh in the memory was the sudden death of Malawi’s President Mutharika in 2012. As the Vigil recorded at the time, his corpse was flown to South Africa, ostensibly for medical treatment but really just to buy time for his inner circle to work out what to do.

This tyrant left a difficult legacy. Long decades of brutal oppression to elevate him to the status of a near deity. There was talk of opponents being boiled. The country was ruined.

Well at last he is gone. The official announcement when it came was brief. President Karimov is dead, the only President Uzbekistan has had since independence.

The Uzbek government described him as a great statesman who had brought ‘peace, stability, prosperity and progress’. Will we soon be hearing similar nonsense about Mugabe?

Other points

  • After a week of frenzied police violence against demonstrators and passers-by in Harare, the Zimbabwe Action Forum met after the Vigil to discuss the worsening situation. Ephraim Tapa, who has just returned from a clandestine visit, spoke of the worsening corruption he found. He said he had been told that euthanasia was being practiced in hospitals on those too poor to pay for life-saving treatment.
  • The meeting explored ideas for a transitional authority to take over bankrupt Zimbabwe and prepare for free and fair elections. There was discussion about whether this body should include politicians as well as members of civil society. People were asked to come up with ideas to discuss further at another meeting on 17th September.
  • The Vigil contributed generously to a collection for Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton whose sister Cathy has died suddenly in Zimbabwe. Rose was visibly moved and said the money, ‘the Cathy Memorial Fund’, would go to the joint ROHR Leicester / ROHR Hwange project which is feeding and paying for school fees for children in Hwange.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Teclar Bandawe, Elizabeth Chakachaka, Rosemary Guveya, Fungayi Mabhunu, Phillip Mahlahla, Edna Mdoka, Eletha Mpofu, Natash Mubaiwa, Alfredy Mukuvare, Tracy Mupeti, Mandifusa Mushambadope, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Jennipher Sabe, Alice Shimika, Michael Sirewu and Nathan Tanyanyiwa. Thanks to Eletha, Mandifusa and Cathrine Musa for looking after the front table and to Phillip, Alfredy, Mduduzi and Michael for putting up the banners and the tarpaulin.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. For videos of Vigils and other events, check the ROHR facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo.

FOR THE RECORD: 49 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 10th September From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eighteen months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.
  • ROHR Leicester branch meeting. Saturday 10th September from 2 – 4 pm. Venue: the Salvation Army, Kildare Street, Leicester LE1 3FY. Directions: Opposite Peking Chinese Restaurant, City Centre. Contact: Enniah Dube 07403439707, Yvonne Makombe 07453909247 and Moline Nyabonda 07961250525.
  • 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 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.
  • Solidarity demonstration with protest at the UN in New York. Saturday 17th September from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. Zimbabweans in the USA (MDC-USA together with #thisflag and #tajamuka) are planning a big protest to coincide with Mugabe’s planned visit to the UN General Assembly.  They are lobbying the UN to ensure comprehensive electoral reforms are implemented before the 2018 elections.  
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 17th 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 a shop. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achievetrue democracy.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 17th September from 12 noon – 2 pm. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.Contact: Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Mavis Chisvo 07944612944.
  • ROHR Reading branch general meeting, summer BBQ and foodbank donation. Saturday 17th September from 12 noon to 9 pm. Venue: Pakistani Community Hall, London Road, Reading, RG1 3PA. For further enquiries contact: Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792, Charles Mararirakwenda 07964731721, Joshua Kahari 07877246251, Saziso Zulu 07780067899, Deborah Harrry 07578894896, Sihle Sibanda 07985712749.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 17th September from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.
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Topsy-turvy land – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 27th August 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 August 2016 17:18

The Mugabe ‘official’ view of the chaos in Harare on Friday is that it was the work of paid demonstrators for the imperialist West aiming at regime change. And, as everyone has learnt from the Herald, regime change is un-African.

This is not just a Zanu-PF attitude. Zuma, mired in corruption, spouts the same mantra. In fact there are all too many African leaders who view political opposition and any threat to their position as treasonous, justifying a change in the constitution to make this impossible.

In the topsy-turvy land of Zimbabwe, it was as if the demonstrators were the ones wielding the batons, indiscriminately spraying teargas around and blasting people with water cannons or worse. One would have thought it was the police who had been ordered by the High Court to stop a peaceful demonstration instead of being specifically told ‘not to interfere’.

If nothing else, Friday’s events show graphically how law and the constitution count for nothing in Mugabeland.

In a vivid account, the opposition MP Eddie Cross describes how he was on his way to take part in the protest when he was warned that it was dangerous to go any further.

‘I proceeded to the collection point through rock strewn roads, burning tyres and saw running battles between young people and the police. I saw water cannons in action with blue dye in the water and one machine putting out a fire . . .

‘I left the area and drove to Parliament to wash my face and get the tear gas out of my eyes. Then I tried to go back but was completely blocked by cars fleeing the battles in the central business district. Subsequently the street battles raged over much of the city, business closed down and the streets deserted. The army was deployed and helicopters were put up to monitor the people.

‘Was there any need for this? Absolutely not! I had participated in four previous marches and had not felt for one instance any threat or danger. Just cheerful thousands celebrating their right to protest at the state of crisis through which we are all living. The violence was instigated by the police who were totally responsible for what followed’ (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/816-the-precipice).

Mugabe’s spokesman who goes by the pseudonym Nathaniel Manheru justifies the unprovoked police brutality in a turgid article in the Herald running to nearly 3,000 words. The Vigil advises you skip the tired rants on the CIA, Yugoslavia, Cuba, Chile, Iraq, Libya, Ghana, Syria etc and go to the end, where he notes that the demonstration took place within days of the opening of the agricultural show by the Vice President of Sierra Leone.

‘Couldn’t the demonstration have waited? Or is a right delayed already denied? How about the rights of the teeming multitudes who broke day in the hope of fun? How about Zimbabwe’s obligations to citizens of other countries (leaders at that) under international law? How about public safety, law, order, life, limb? We sacrifice all that to look good in the eyes of the West?’ 

Sounding like Hitler in the bunker, he concludes: ‘The line has been crossed. From now onwards, it shall be another country. This so ‘caring’ world can go hang. We have a country to protect. And govern. After all, we have hit the bottom. We can’t fall’ (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/zimbabwe-to-decide-is-to-govern/). 

The Vigil thinks Charamba  (Manheru’s real persona) was ill-advised to mention the agricultural show, at which the nonagenarian Mugabe nearly fell as he climbed out of his car, had to be helped to walk in slippers and then sat silent and half asleep.

Other points

  • Vigil supporters demonstrated outside the Embassy on Thursday when Lynda Masarira of our sister organisation ROHR appeared in court in Mbare on trumped-up charges in connection with political activism. Lynda has been in jail for the past two months and was again remanded in custody until Wednesday 31st August. Lynda is in poor health and has been denied bail despite having young children. Thanks to the demonstrators: Anna Mwanza, Cephas Maswoswa, Chipo Kamhunga, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Dennis Benton, Edna Mdoka, Enniah Dube, Flemming Diza, George Chinamora, Grace Logia, Honest Madondo, Mduduzi Patrick Ndlovu, Nancy Makurira, Percy Dube, Rose Benton, Roseline Mukucha, Sharon Nziramasanga, Sharon Zimuto, Simbarashe Mutero and Zondiwe Gumede. Thanks to Enniah and Roseline for handing out flyers and selling our 'Mugabe must go / has gone' wristbands.
  • The Care Quality Commission has condemned a medical centre in Nottingham which was closed in June after the Vigil staged a series of protests outside. The clinic was run by a Zimbabwean doctor Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica, who earlier this year violently seized a farm in Zimbabwe owned by a white couple. The Commission described the clinic as chaotic and noted that there was a culture of fear with staff being reprimanded and shouted at by management. It said an unregistered health care assistant had been passed off as a doctor at the clinic and allowed to carry out examinations. Dr Nyatsuro has lost his job for which he was paid more than £100,000 a year. It is not known how much his wife earned as the practice manager. The Vigil has presented a petition to 10 Downing Street calling for Dr Nyatsuro’s British citizenship to be revoked so he can start farming  (see: http://www.nottinghampost.com/willows-medical-centre-gp-resigns-as-damning-report-released/story-29655883-detail/story.html and http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAF5260.pdf).
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up: Rashiwe Bayisayi, Isaac Chawasarira, Mavis Chisvo, Joseph Chivayo, Humphrey Dube, Barbara Kachidza, Jonathan Kariwo, Fungayi Mabhunu, Honest Madondo, Phillip Mahlahla, Marian Mangani, Tafadzwa Mpumve, Nicodimus Muganhu, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Esther Munyira, Sally Mutseyami, Anna Mwanza, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Michael Sirewu, Nathan Tanyanyiwa and Sharon Zimuto. Thanks to Roseline, Cathrine Musa and Isaac for looking after the front table, to Chipo P for selling our wristbands and to Phillip, Alfredy, Honest, Humphrey and Joseph for putting up the banners. A special thank you to Phillip for expertly mending our very tattered plastic banners.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. For videos of Vigils and other events, check the ROHR facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo.

FOR THE RECORD: 40 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR South Yorkshire branch meeting. Monday 29th August from 1.30 – 3.30 pm. Venue: Christ Church, Ridge Road, Armley, Leeds LS12 3LE. For more information please contact: Sipilien Birani 07783149999, Patricia Nyawo 07443897919, Rosemary Mupunga 07446380110.
  • ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 3rd September from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below.
  • 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 us.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 3rd 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 a shop. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 3rd September from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 10th September From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eighteen months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 17th September from 12 noon – 2 pm. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.Contact: Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Mavis Chisvo 07944612944.
  • ROHR Reading branch general meeting, summer BBQ and foodbank donation. Saturday 17th September from 12 noon to 9 pm. Venue: Pakistani Community Hall, London Road, Reading, RG1 3PA. For further enquiries contact: Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792, Charles Mararirakwenda 07964731721, Joshua Kahari 07877246251, Saziso Zulu 07780067899, Deborah Harrry 07578894896, Sihle Sibanda 07985712749.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.
  • Facebook pages:
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Final looting spree? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th August 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 August 2016 11:09

It looks like the Mugabe regime is preparing for a final looting spree to mop up the dollars remaining in the economy. Despite earlier denials the Reserve Bank Governor, John Mangudya, has now admitted that the bond notes piling up at the bank will be used to pay wages (see: http://allafrica.com/stories/201608191099.html). 

The bond notes are expected to hit the streets in October when we will see the truth of the old adage ‘bad money drives out good’, leading once again to massive inflation and economic chaos.

It will be a windfall for the Mugabe cronies. But they should note the experience of the last Reserve Bank governor, Gideon Gono, who presided over the money-printing orgy until the Zim dollar became worthless. His Greystone Park house is to be auctioned on Friday over the non-payment of a $1.3 million debt.

Whether Mugabe himself really knows what is happening is doubtful. His physical condition is now so poor he has had to pull out of a trip to Ghana where he was to receive a Lifetime Africa Achievement Award – testament only to the ignorance of those who awarded it.

Probably Mugabe still believes in the fantasy world of the Herald, which said this week Zimbabwe is poised for an economic take-off – reminiscent of the Zambian space ship of a few years ago which ended up in the branches of the nearest tree.

The regime faces its biggest challenge so far if a massive protest in Harare planned by the combined opposition parties goes ahead on Friday. The riot police showed on Wednesday that they mean business when a demonstration in Harare against the introduction of bond notes ended with blood on the streets. 

Pastor Evan Mawarire of ThisFlag movement saw the brutal face of the regime himself and fled the country. He said he had been warned to leave or be killed. His wife had been threatened with rape and its clear his children were also in danger.

Mawarire supporter, the prominent businessman and publisher Trevor Ncube says he also fears for his life after mysterious visits to his Harare home by suspected members of military intelligence (see: http://www.biznews.com/africa/2016/08/17/thisflag-pastor-hits-back-feared-life-self-imposed-us-exile/).

We at the Vigil have some information of our own about the police reign of terror. Here’s a redacted recent What’sapp message from a member of our sister organisation in Zimbabwe, Restoration of Human Rights. ’Hi guys. Thanx so much for the caring messages I got during my dice with state security over a nothing.  They tried to frame me on very silly allegations that I was inciting violence and causing public disorder. They authored very derogatory papers with my name, phone number and address at the bottom and threw them around at night. They were shockingly pasted on walls at ZANU PF offices and buildings around the offices. Was called to a CID office where there were CIOs as well. Was heavily abused verbally and threatened when they were profiling me. No charges were laid against me but was warned that they will come back for me when they are finalising their paperwork. Though a bit disturbed psychologically, that's what they wanted, I am fine physically and unsafely at home and unmoved. The guys are cunning and very good at intimidating and threatening. Your messages and calls really raised my spirits and got me to realise that there is a bigger family out there.’

Other points

  •  The Vigil is to hold a demonstration outside the Embassy from 12 noon – 2 pm on Thursday 25th August to support ROHR member Lynda Masarira who is to make another appearance in court. Lynda is facing trumped-up charges in connection with demonstrations and has been refused bail although she has health problems and small children. She has been in custody for more than six weeks and this will be her fourth court appearance. The authorities are acting with great spite in an obvious attempt to intimidate protesters.
  • ‘Mugabe’s 36-year reign has set new standards in vanity, mismanagement, corruption, outright theft, oppression, and organized violence against opponents’, says Kate Hoey MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe. Ms Hoey is alarmed by news that former Labour cabinet minister Lord Mandelson had quietly visited Harare in February and had talks with Finance Minister Chinamasa, facilitated by the British Embassy (see: http://heatst.com/world/kate-hoey-boris-must-put-a-stop-to-peter-mandelsons-meddling/).
  • Wilf and Trish Mbanga who produce The Zimbabwean tell us that a movie titled ‘A United Kingdom’ about the love story between Seretse and Ruth Khama is to be released in the UK towards the end of this year before going worldwide. The Mbangas’ book ‘Seretse & Ruth’ sold out some time ago but is now available again. They sent us the following message: ‘We’re delighted to announce a number of exciting developments concerning one of the world’s greatest love stories – Seretse and Ruth Khama. Cross-cultural marriage today is so common-place it’s hard to believe that just 60 years ago it was almost unheard of. The Khama colour-blind love story in particular caused seismic upheavals of international proportions. Many people have been battling to get hold of  copy of our version of their amazing story – Seretse & Ruth – which sold out some time ago.  Here’s the good news!
    1. The book is now available online: Seretse&Ruth and the hard copy is available from www.merlinpress.co.uk.
    2. Pathe has made a movie entitled A United Kingdom, to be released in the UK towards the end of this year and worldwide shortly thereafter (see: http://www.patheinternational.com/en/fiche.php?id_film=821).
    3. Andrew Lloyd Webber has publicly announced that he is fascinated by the story and is thinking of turning it into a stage production.
    Love triumphs!  Please pass on this good news and encourage everyone to download a copy of the book, buy a hard copy, give it away for Christmas and generally spread the love!!’  
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up: Rashiwe Bayisayi, Mavis Chisvo, Farai Chiza. Percy Dube, Isabell Gwatidzo, Lilian Kanyasa, Etines Kapiya, Jonathan Kariwo, Fungayi Mabhunu, Tafadzwa Madzivadondo, Phillip Mahlahla, Marian Mangani, Rosemary Maponga, Eunice Mucherechedzo, Roseline Mukucha, Tracy Mupeti, Tanyaradzwa Mutandiro, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Anna Pfende, Eva Sanyahokwe, Benjamin Semwayo, Nathan Tanyanyiwa and Fadzai Tembo. Thanks to Roseline, Eunice and Sandra Kudenga for looking after the front table and to Phillip, Mduduzi, Percy and Jonathan for battling to put up the banners and tarpaulin in the strong wind. Thanks to Chipo P and Isabell for reviving the lucky dip and fundraising for ROHR Central London branch and to Etines for sorting out the lucky dip items.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. For videos of Vigils and other events, check the ROHR facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo.

FOR THE RECORD: 39 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Protest to support Lynda Masarira: Thursday 25th August from 12 noon – 2 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. 
  • ROHR South Yorkshire branch meeting. Monday 29th August from 1.30 – 3.30 pm. Venue: Christ Church, Ridge Road, Armley, Leeds LS12 3LE. For more information please contact: Sipilien Birani 07783149999, Patricia Nyawo 07443897919, Rosemary Mupunga 07446380110.
  • ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 3rd September from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below.
  • 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 us.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 3rd 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 a shop. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 3rd September from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 10th September From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eighteen months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.
  • Facebook pages:
    Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil
    ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515
    ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835
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End of road for Mugabe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 13th August 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 August 2016 17:37

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President Mugabe was symbolically put on trial at the Zimbabwe Vigil in London and ordered to leave office for crimes against the people and economy of Zimbabwe. He had earlier been arrested by human rights activist Peter Tatchell, who had unsuccessfully tried to make a citizen’s arrest of Mugabe in London in 1999 and Brussels in 2001.

Mugabe was brought to the Vigil along with first lady Grace and the governor of the Reserve Bank John Mangudya from the south coast resort of Brighton, where the three had gone incognito to get treatment under the National Health Service and apply for state benefits. 

A valiant group of Vigil / ROHR supporters and other exiled Zimbabweans left Brighton for London with the prisoners on Friday and walked 30 miles before camping overnight on a farm in Edenbridge. Grace was struggling in her Jimmy Choo shoes, Mangudya was trying to count each step while Mugabe had fallen six times, claiming he was pushed. On Saturday they continued for a further ten miles, singing Zimbabwean songs as they passed the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street before joining the Vigil, where Mugabe was handed over to a judge outside the Zimbabwe Embassy.

He was found guilty of treason and offered a pistol so he could make an honourable exit. But, cunning as always, he collapsed against the Embassy door to claim diplomatic immunity. The Vigil has alerted the British authorities to examine all Zimbabwean diplomatic baggage very carefully, looking particularly for a 92 year old with corns and blisters from a long walk. Thanks to Alfredy Mukuvare and Fungayi Mabhunu who acted as Mugabe and to Phillip Mahlahla who played the judge. 

The judge released Grace and Mangudya to the local social services. It is understood that both have applied for asylum on the grounds of diminished responsibility caused by stupidity. Latest word is that Grace has asked the UK immigration authorities for training as a typist and Mangudya has asked for a UK government loan to study arithmetic and economics at O level.

Congratulations to the walkers: Rashiwe Bayisayi (route planner and originator of the idea), John Burke (route planner and navigator), Arthur Molife (the oldest walker at 70 years), Muchineripi (Ebson) Chigwedere, Arnold Dube, Mary Pollizzi and her niece Teresa Esterhuizen (who flew over from Ireland for the walk, Teresa bringing a golf club as a walking aid), Isabell Gwatidzo, Etines Kapiya, Fungayi Mabhunu, Phillip Mahlahla (who helped the stragglers), Rosemary Maponga, Bianca Mpawaenda (who despite falling and injuring herself continued walking), Eletha Mpofu, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Chipo Parirenyatwa and Alice Shimika. 

Snapshots

  • The walkers started at Brighton Pier and trekked over the scenic South Downs via paths to avoid detection by Zanu PF agents. Anna Pfende dashed all the way from Northampton to Brighton to make sure Mugabe was under arrest and then returned home happy.
  • The walkers arrived at the campsite at 10.30 pm struggling to find their way in near darkness in the woodlands. They found the camp had been set up and food prepared. Thanks to Sarah Bayisayi who had picked up the food by car and had taken Chipo, Rosemary and Etines to Chipo’s home near the route to cook. Thanks to Rose and Etines who set up camp and Fungayi who made the beds. Thanks to John Burke for organising the campsite. Mugabe and co were locked in the toilet block to keep them secure – and also because of their complaints about poor facilities, claiming ‘we don't get this sort of treatment in Singapore’.
  • Saturday morning breakfast was at Deep Blue fish and chips in Oxted which opened early to feed the walkers. The Reverend Wendy Harvey of St Mary’s Church, Oxted, chanced upon the walkers having their breakfast and stopped with them to bless their food and pray for them.
  •  A large contingent joined the walkers outside East Croydon rail station.
  • They arrived at the Vigil to a heroes’ welcome. People were in tears.

Other points

  • About 20 people gathered singing and drumming outside the Embassy on Thursday 11th August to demonstrate in support of ROHR member Lynda Masarira, who is facing trumped up charges in Harare. During the demonstration the protesters were angered to hear that Lynda had been further remanded in custody until 25th August, unable to get home to her children. It is reported that ‘Lynda looked visibly sick when she appeared in court today because she is allegedly being denied access tomedication and it was evident with swollen hands’ (see: http://nehandaradio.com/2016/08/11/lynda-masarira-remanded-update-pictures-video/. For pictures see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157669256855493. Thanks to those who attended the demonstration: Alfredy Mukuvare, Anna Pfende, Barbara Kachidza, Bianca Mpawaenda, Cephas Maswoswa, Chipo Kamhunga, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Dennis Benton, Hellena Gusinyu, John Burke, Leigh Banks, Martin Chinyanga, Mary Ndoro, Mavis Chisvo, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Muchineripi Chigwedere, Phillip Mahlahla, Rose Benton, Rosemary Maponga, Sally Mutseyami, Tafadzwa Gwarinda and Wilma Gwarinda.
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up the Vigil today: Mercy Bayipayi, Elizabeth Chakachaka, Isaac Chawasarira, Enniah Dube, Rosemary Guveya, Deborah Harry, Chipo Kamhunga, Jonathan Kariwo, Honest Madondo, Marian Mangani, Patricia Masamba, Cephas Maswoswa, Zimazile Mguni, Bianca Mpawaenda, Esther Munyira, Sally Mutseyami, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Eva Sanyahokwe, Michael Sirewu, Zenzo Siziba and Sharon Zimuto. Thanks to Patricia, Sally, Enniah and Bianca for looking after the front table and handing out flyers to the public and to Mduduzi, Cephas and Michael for putting up the banners. Thanks to Deborah and Mercy for selling sadza and mazonda to raise funds for the Vigil. Sadza was also brought by Beverley Mutandiro who said prayers for the Vigil and the walkers. Water was provided by ROHR and other drinks by Zenzo who also brought tasty small cakes.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. For videos of Vigils and other events, check the ROHR facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo. For a video of today’s Vigil check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzWCaihy624 and for Sally Mutseyami’s interview with Premier Christian Radio, check: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/News/World/Prayer-vigil-to-be-held-outside-Zimbabwe-embassy. 

FOR THE RECORD: 62 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • MDC Protest: Friday 19th August at 11 am outside the Zimbabwe Embassy followed by petition presentation to 10 Downing Street requesting removal of Saviour Kasukuwere’s student son from the UK.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 20th August from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 20th August 2016 from 12 noon – 2 pm. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL. Contact: Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Mavis Chisvo 07944612944.
  • Protest to support Lynda Masarira: Thursday 25th August from 12 noon – 2 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. 
  • ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 3rd September from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below.
  • 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 us.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 3rd 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 a shop. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 10th September From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eighteen months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.
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Demonstration in support of ROHR member Lynda Masarira facing trumped up charges in Harare – Thursday 11th August. PDF Print E-mail
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About 20 people gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London from 11 am – 2 pm singing and drumming. During the demonstration the protesters were angered to hear that Lynda had been further remanded in custody until 25th August, unable to get home to her children. For pictures and videos see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157669256855493 and
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154368346587836&id=301811392835.

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