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Mugabe’s EU Cheerleader – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 June 2014 15:37

The Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF), meeting after the Saturday Vigil, condemned pro-Mugabe comments by the EU’s Ambassador to Harare Aldo Dell’Ariccia. The loud-mouthed diplomat openly showed his colours when he addressed a meeting in Harare. ‘Luckily we don’t have a leadership crisis in this country’, he said, sounding for all the world like Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba.

 

Dell’Ariccia went on to rebuke NGOs for being confrontational and unconstructive and added ‘I have the impression that you are a little bit anchored in the past where instead of seeing NGOs one perceives AGOs – anti-government organisations’. The empty-headed envoy went on to condemn civil society for being critical of Zanu PF’s electioneering Zim-Asset plan, which shows no signs of delivering on any of its promises.

 

The ZAF meeting voted to send the following letter to Dell’Ariccia’s boss Catherine Ashton to complain about his outrageous intervention in Zimbabwe’s domestic affairs:

 

To the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Ashton

 

Zimbabweans driven into exile are horrified to see that the EU’s Ambassador in Harare has come out openly in support of the illegitimate Mugabe regime.

 

It appears to us that the EU is bending over backwards to embrace Mugabe despite his refusal to hold free and fair elections or make any reforms to correct the abuses which prompted the EU to adopt its targeted measures against him and his cronies,

 

We know that the hundred or so diplomats from the EU make up the mainstay of the cocktail circuit in Harare but we cannot believe that they are too busy to inform you of the desperate situation in which our families and friends find themselves.

 

Unlike your Ambassador to Harare, we do not believe that this situation is being perpetuated by NGOs (or anti-government organisations, as he calls them), or civil society as a whole, let alone the besieged political opposition.

 

We suggest that you recall Mr Dell’Ariccia for re-education in diplomacy rather than allow him to spend his time cosying up to a tyrant.

 

Supporters of the Zimbabwe Vigil particularly asked that you should be reminded that, a year on since the rigged elections, the voters’ roll has still not been made available, that there is no rule of law, human rights violations are continuing, the national infrastructure has largely collapsed, including the education and health services, there is rampant corruption and unemployment is at more than 80%.

 

We draw your attention to a recent report that women, with babies on their backs, are walking 18 kilometres to a rubbish dump to collect gleanings (fat from cooking pots). Returning home they have been attacked and raped by knife-wielding criminals.

 

Other points

  • ZAF convenor Ephraim Tapa told the meeting that it was clear that the European Union was trying to promote the idea that there was no crisis in Zimbabwe. The meeting was presented with some of the ideas emerging from the ZAF working group. In a general discussion the following points were raised: Activating the diaspora was an important part of the work of the ZAF team. It would be sensible to work through ROHR which already has branches around the UK. It would also be important to connect with the diaspora elsewhere, especially in South Africa. It was suggested we engage the SA diaspora by dealing with their immediate problems such as getting papers. Other ideas included that we needed to work out what relationship ZAF, the Vigil, ROHR and ZWC would have with the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe and the need to reach out to the people on the ground in Zimbabwe, education on constitutional rights being a priority.

  • Thanks to Fungayi Mabhunu and Tendai Chadehumbe for arriving early to help set up the Vigil.

     

    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: 31 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Reading Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June from 2 pm – 5 pm. Venue: RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. For further enquiries contact: Erick Eluwasi, the Information and Publicity Officer on 07532021348 

  • ROHR Slough Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June from 1 pm – 3.30 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road, Slough SL2 5JW.   For further information contact Patricia Masamba (Chairperson on 07708116625, Nkosikona Tshabangu Vice Chairperson 07887398247, Sharon Zimuto Secretary 07988165394, Fungisai Mupandira 077988958803, Iline Manhunzi Treasurer 07824886092 and Tichaona Mafokosho Information and Publicity 07939696521.

  • ROHR Middlesbrough general meeting. Saturday 28th June from 2 pm – 5 pm. Please contact Masimba Musodza(Chairman) 07581887359, Xoliso Sithole (Treasurer) 07449005447, Helen Sibanda (Secretary) 07799574994, Ndumiso Ncube (Organising Secretary) 0744852232.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 5th July 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 Executive Committee meeting. Saturday 5th July from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

  • ROHR Central London general meeting. Saturday 19th July from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

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

  • 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

  • For the Zimbabwean Diary check: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/entertainment/film-and-theatre/71964/welcome-to-whats-on.html.

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Enter Fool Stage Left – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 June 2014 13:55

‘Life is getting better in Zimbabwe’ reads the headline over a ‘review’ in the London Telegraph by a former director of Britain’s National Theatre Richard Eyre. ‘Many Zimbabweans are now prospering’.

 

Mr Eyre says: ‘I’ve just returned from Zimbabwe, where my daughter has recently gone to live with her family. Six years ago inflation was at 231 million per cent, there was widespread unrest and massive unemployment. But, at least on my brief visit, the city of Harare utterly failed to live down to my expectations. The US dollar is now the local currency and, in spite of forceful government and forced land redistribution, if you walk around the centre and the suburbs of the city you will witness no violence and encounter universal courtesy.’  (See: Richard Eyre: life is getting better in Zimbabwe – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/10891638/Richard-Eyre-life-is-getting-better-in-Zimbabwe.html).

 

The Vigil is glad that Mr Eyre had a pleasant visit. But we don’t think we can pack up our protest and all go home. What must give us pause is that Mr Eyre appears to be less than fully informed of the situation he surveyed from the verdant suburbs of Harare. We ask ourselves: did this theatrical giant bestride Chintingwiza? 

 

We at the Vigil would hesitate to publish our views on one of his productions (say ‘Sunny Zimbos’) on the basis of Act 1, Scene 1 (Enter Fool Stage Left). We would suggest he turns his theatrical talent to a more Sophoclean image: ‘Zimbabwean rips out man’s heart, then feasts with fork and knife’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_t_bulawayo24-news-zimbabwean-rips-out-mans-heart-then-feasts-with-fork-and-knife/).

 

This story is certainly no more the whole truth about Zimbabwe than Mr Eyre’s ‘Sunny Zimbos’ but it might offer a man of the theatre more dramatic possibilities.

 

He could explore other human stories from this week’s press: two schoolboys walking 100 kilometres during the night to write their exams in the morning (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_g_government-slammed-failing-on-education/Government slammed, failing on education).

 

Talent Musasa, baby on back, lifts a 14 pound hammer above her head to crush stones for a living (Crushing stones – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_g_crushing-stones-for-a-living-as-job-market-crashes-newsday-zimbabwe/).

 

Minister Didymus Mutasa, Secretary for Administration, warns: ‘Be careful not to denigrate our president; we will visit your bedrooms and expose what you will be doing. We have our means of seeing things these days, we just see things through our system. So no-one can hide from us in this country.’ (See: Mutasa threats archaic – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/mutasa-threats-archaic/).

 

Mr Eyre goes to  Harare and finds no drama. He might like to read this poem by Vigil supporter Tendai Chadehumbe (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/594-tendais-poems – Tendai’s poems):

 

My Hospital

My hospital is very big and people are coming every day because they still have hope, but no one is going back home happily, because my hospital is a dead end.

There is no food, people are starving,

No treatment; people are in pain,

No medication, people are dying. No qualified nurses and doctors because they are not earning enough.

I have watched my loved ones dying, Young ones and elderly people crying, Crying for their loved ones. Everyone is now scared of my hospital.

There is no water, no electricity; the resources are not enough. People are going home without treatment.

In my hospital, people are dying every day.

 

With his sweeping ignorance, Mr Eyre might not be aware that hospitals in Zimbabwe are desperately short of medicines but one in Bulawayo recently destroyed a batch of drugs which were time-expired because none of the patients could afford to pay the bribes for them (see: http://www.swradioafrica.com/2014/06/05/bulawayo-hospitals-shamed-over-expired-drugs/ – Bulawayo hospitals shamed over expired drugs). The Vigil hopes that Mr Eyre’s daughter will not need treatment in a Zimbabwean hospital.

 

Other points

  • The Vigil today launched a new petition to the European Union calling for voting rights for the diaspora to be made a precondition for further re-engagement with Zanu PF. The petition reads: A petition to the European Union: Millions of Zimbabweans have been forced into exile by the brutality, incompetence and corruption of the Zanu PF regime of Robert Mugabe. Despite the absence of any reforms, including the holding of free and fair elections, the EU is moving to normalise relations with the illegitimate Zimbabwean regime, promising hundreds of millions of dollars in aid direct to Mugabe’s party. We urge the EU to insist that the diaspora is guaranteed the vote in future elections, as ordered by the African Union, before re-engagement goes any further.

  • Vigil supporter Dr Clifford Mashiri has started a social media campaign against the EU’s policy of appeasement. He calls on people around the world to take to Twitter to tweet and retweet the #RestoreZimDiasporaVote, as a form of public pressure on the EU (see: Diaspora calls for voting rights as precondition for EU re-engagement – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_diaspora-calls-for-voting-rights-as-precondition-for-eu-re-engagement/).

  • The group tasked to carry forward the aims of the Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) met before the Vigil and discussed, among other matters, our relationship with the emerging political dispensation in Zimbabwe and how we should engage the diaspora in the UK and elsewhere as well as the people on the ground in Zimbabwe. It was agreed that education about constitutional rights was paramount but it was felt that the Zimbabwe Vigil should be clear about where we stand.

  • Thanks to those who came early to set up the Vigil: Isaac Chatikobo, Fungayi Mabhunu, Bridget Zhakata and her small cousin 7 year-old Ruva.

     

    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: 18 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 21st June at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 21st June 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 Southampton Branch general meeting. Saturday 21st June from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Age Concern Building, 20 Romsey Road, Eastleigh S050 9AL. For further enquiries contact: Sally Mutseyami (Chairperson) 07448730581, Wellington Mukucha (Vice Chairperson), 07450264733, Sekayi Mwenye (Secretary) 07428570134, Chipo Mtetwa (Organising Secretary) 07403341214 & Regina Matongo 07401 112210 (Info & Publicity Secretary).

  • ROHR Reading Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. For further enquiries contact: Erick Eluwasi, the Information and Publicity Officer on 07532021348 

  • ROHR Slough Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June 2014 from 1 pm – 3.30 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road, Slough SL2 5JW.   For further information contact Patricia Masamba (Chairperson on 07708116625, Nkosikona Tshabangu Vice Chairperson 07887398247, Sharon Zimuto Secretary 07988165394, Fungisai Mupandira 077988958803, Iline Manhunzi Treasurer 07824886092 and Tichaona Mafokosho Information and Publicity 07939696521.

  • 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

  • For the Zimbabwean Diary, check: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/entertainment/film-and-theatre/71964/welcome-to-whats-on.html.

  • Facebook pages:

 
LOL EU – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:41

As the EU embraces Zanu PF, the party’s supporters in the UK are ‘coming out’ in force and parading their allegiance to the Mugabe regime.

 

Nehanda Radio displayed photos on its website taken at the launch of a new branch of Zanu PF in Bracknell, near London. The Vigil has put Nehanda Radio’s photos on our flickr website and we ask people to let us know if they can identify anybody in them by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (see: http://nehandaradio.com/2014/06/03/uk-based-zanu-pf-agents-creep-woodwork/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157645074583606/).

 

Having been around for 12 years, the Vigil has a considerable database. We would like to check if any of these Zanu PF supporters at the Bracknell meeting have come to the Vigil. If they have misrepresented themselves as human rights activists to get our support for permission to stay in the UK we would like to expose them to the Home Office.

 

The Vigil has already asked for a meeting with the Home Secretary, Theresa May, or her representative to discuss the asylum issue. We would be happy to expose bogus claims and see these frauds sent back home to enjoy the paradise that Zanu PF has created.

 

SW Radio Africa in a report on the Bracknell meeting said: ‘A snapshot of the list of attendees included prominent ZANU PF names such as Mliswa, Chidarikire, Chikowore, Vambe, Mangwana, Mararike, among others.’

 

Ephraim Tapa, one of the founders of the Vigil, told SW Radio Africa: ‘We have always known that there are regime agents among us. Until recently they have been working clandestinely, feeding the regime with information and also infiltrating organisations such as the ZimVigil to cause confusion and disunity. However, I find their audacity to launch branches across the UK surprising, given their leader Robert Mugabe’s terrible human rights record. This is disrespectful to victims of Mugabe’s brutality and it will cause anxiety as people realise that all along they had ZANU PF agents in their midst.’

 

Ephraim blamed the situation on what has been described as the EU’s dollar-inspired new love for Mugabe. He said this was ‘sending signals that it is now OK to do business with ZANU PF when in reality nothing has changed. That is where these people are deriving their energy and confidence from. With the EU showing its support, the Mugabe regime and its supporters no longer see any reason to change or hide.’

 

MDC spokesman Nhlanhla Dube told SW Radio Africa that it was well-known that ZANU PF officials sent their families abroad when conditions began to deteriorate in the country. ‘After plundering and destroying all sectors, including education, they sent their children and families to western countries to protect them from the consequences of their bad governance. Some of these sought asylum when in fact their parents and families were the perpetrators of the violence. We find it ironical that these would choose to declare their allegiance to the regime in the comfort of western democracies.’ Dube said. He condemned ZANU PF officials for their double standards in calling for exiled Zimbabweans to return home when their own families are showing no inclination to do so.

 

Other points

  • A meeting of the Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) after the Vigil exchanged views on the political ‘renewal’ process underway in Zimbabwe. Ephraim, President of Zimbabwe Yes We Can, spoke about a recent meeting in Luton called to discuss this process. He said it was time for all progressive forces to join hands in a broad coalition but added that this did not mean the Vigil Coalition would be joining any party. It was time, he added, for the diaspora to move centre stage in Zimbabwe and give direction to the debate on our country’s future.

  • The ZAF meeting was attended by Wilbert Mukori who came down from Manchester for the occasion. Wilbert said the EU is being totally irresponsible in offering direct financial support to Zanu PF. His article can be seen on our campaigns page, see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/592-the-eu-and-aid-to-zanu-pf

  • The Vigil is delighted that the Zimbabwe Situation website is to continue. Thanks to the new team who have stepped in at short notice to run it.

  • The Zimbabwean newspaper has a new diary feature. Check: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/entertainment/film-and-theatre/71964/welcome-to-whats-on.html for what’s on.

  • Thanks to Bridget Zhakata, Isaac Chatikobo and Maruwiza Nklambala who came early to help set up the Vigil.

  • For more on Philip and Lindiwe’s wedding check: http://nehandaradio.com/2014/06/02/tsvangirai-mock-wedding-becomes-reality/

     

    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: 42 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ZAF team meeting – Saturday 14th June from 11am – 1.30 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.

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 14th June from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • ROHR Leicester Branch fundraiser. Saturday 14th June from 2 pm – 3 am. Venue: The New Joiners, 73 Sanvey Gate, Leicester, LE1 4EQ. Join us for a massive BBQ / Braai / Amawoso / Gochi Gochi party. Zora Butter with DJ Russey & Tjukutja with Kevin Ncube. Flyer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90023465@N03/14343685003/in/set-72157644911552056. Contact: Enniah Dube 07403439707, Hilda Gwesele 07939127819, Christopher Kamuzonde 07449150041 and Bryne Mashonganyika 07450547313.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 21st June at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 21st June from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For direction see first entry of ‘Events and Notices’.

  • ROHR Reading Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. For further enquiries contact: Erick Eluwasi, the Information and Publicity Officer on 07532021348 

  • ROHR Slough Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June 2014 from 1 pm – 3.30 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road, Slough SL2 5JW.   For further information contact Patricia Masamba (Chairperson on 07708116625, Nkosikona Tshabangu Vice Chairperson 07887398247, Sharon Zimuto Secretary 07988165394, Fungisai Mupandira 077988958803, Iline Manhunzi Treasurer 07824886092 and Tichaona Mafokosho Information and Publicity 07939696521.

  • 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

  • For the Zimbabwean Diary, check: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/entertainment/film-and-theatre/71964/welcome-to-whats-on.html.

  • Facebook pages:

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EU’s policy stinks – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 31st May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 June 2014 21:10

There was speculation at the Vigil that the eagerness of the EU to offer hundreds of millions of dollars to the Zanu PF regime may be linked to reports that Mugabe is to step down soon.

 

The London Sunday Times last week quoted sources close to the half-blind Mugabe as saying ill health had forced him to tell his confidantes that he couldn’t continue and wanted his replacement installed by the end of the year.

 

This was followed by a report that Mugabe is to call off the Zanu PF elective congress set for December which was expected to endorse Vice President Mujuru as his successor, although EU ambassadors have made clear their fingers-clamped-to-the-nose preference for Mujuru as the less smelly face of Zanu PF.

 

Mugabe was said, however, to have been told by the Joint Operations Command to leave it to the military to manage a takeover by Mujuru’s rival, Justice Minister Mnangagwa (see: Mugabe to cancel Zanu PF succession congress – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_mugabe-to-cancel-zanu-pf-succession-congress/).

 

The remaining EU sanctions against Mugabe and Grace are the only real impediments to the EU’s embrace of the Zanu PF mafia. Mugabe’s departure would clear the way for a financial package for the unreformed regime scheduled to be discussed in November.

 

Finance Minister Chinamasa expressed confidence that the remaining targeted measures would be removed: “We have faith that the lapse of sanctions would, as promised by the European Union, pave the way for normalisation of economic relations between Zimbabwe and the European Union”, he said. The EU Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia spoke excitedly of ‘re-engagement in action’ (see http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_eu-pledges-millions-to-zanu-pf-as-part-of-re-engagement/EU pledges millions to ZANU PF as part of re-engagement).

 

The stink of the compromised diplomatic community in Zimbabwe was overpowering at a Book Café meeting in Harare at which Zanu PF murderer and rapist Buhera MP Joseph Chinotimba was welcomed as a guest of honour (and apparently ‘brought the house down’ with his jokes). MDC T spokesman Douglas Mwonsara said: “The diplomatic community is forgetting that ZANU PF committed these horrendous crimes. We see them gracing these occasions as if everything is fine, and it is outrageous” (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_violence-leader-chinoz-embraced-as-book-cafe-guest-of-honour/Violence leader Chinoz embraced as Book Café ‘guest of honour’).

 

We at the Vigil are disgusted that the EU is selling out the people of Zimbabwe by ‘normalising’ relations with the Zanu PF murder machine. We will certainly not be taking up Minister Simon Khaya Moyo’s appeal to the diaspora to return home.

 

Vigil supporter Dr Clifford Mashiri has appealed to the EU not to release the money to the Zanu PF regime until it allows the diaspora vote (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/589-reply-to-mr-emmerson-mnangagwa-restorezimdiasporavote).

 

Other Points

  • ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 7th June from 12 noon. (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.) 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.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th June from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For direction see entry above.

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 14th June from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • ROHR Leicester Branch fundraiser. Saturday 14th June from 2 pm – 3 am. Venue: The New Joiners,73 Sanvey Gate, Leicester, LE1 4EQ.  Let’s fundraise for a worthy cause at the brand new joint everyone’s talking about. Join us for a Massive BBQ / Braai / Amawoso / Gochi Gochi Party in Leicester. Zora Butter with DJ Russey & Tjukutja with Kevin Ncube. Flyer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90023465@N03/14343685003/in/set-72157644911552056. Contact: Enniah Dube 07403439707, Hilda Gwesele 07939127819, Christopher Kamuzonde 07449150041 and Bryne Mashonganyika 07450547313.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 21st June at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • ROHR Reading Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. For further enquiries contact: Erick Eluwasi, the Information and Publicity Officer On: 07532021348 

  • ROHR Slough Branch general meeting. Saturday 28th June 2014 from 1 – 3.30 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road, Slough SL2 5JW.   For further information contact Patricia Masamba (Chairperson on 07708116625, Nkosikona Tshabangu Vice Chairperson 07887398247, Sharon Zimuto Secretary 07988165394, Fungisai Mupandira 077988958803, Iline Manhunzi Treasurer 07824886092 and Tichaona Mafokosho Information and Publicity 07939696521.

  • 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:

 
A still birth – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 24th May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 May 2014 14:17

The Vigil welcomes the belated court challenge to force the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release the voters’ roll used in the last elections. Ten months on and the roll has still not been made available for scrutiny as required by the constitution. The obduracy of ZEC can only support assertions that the 31st July elections were rigged.

 

This week marked the anniversary of the signing into law of the new constitution providing for improved civil liberties. What a still birth! Zanu PF has simply refused to change laws which allow it to deny people their – now constitutional – right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

 

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Harare this week to demonstrate against the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria. The police did not bother them. Evidently, all they are interested in is shutting down criticism of the Zanu PF mafia. The Vigil supposes it would also be alright to demonstrate against the Syrian civil war or the Thai coup. But anyone who demands their civil rights is likely to be beaten and carted off to prison. 

 

Meanwhile Zanu PF’s latest begging appeal has been curtly rejected by Brazil, whose ambassador in Harare said ‘Zimbabwe is a rich country and does not need donations but investments’. All is not lost however. Zanu PF has told diamond miners to hand over their gems to the central bank so that they can be used as security for a loan. Brilliant idea! Payments for the diamonds ‘will be made soon after . . .’ Haven’t we heard this before?

 

Other points

  • Best wishes from the Vigil to Philip Maponga and Lindiwe Bare on their marriage.

  • Thanks to Rosemary Chimuka and Isaac Chatikobo who arrived early to help set up. A special thanks to Isaac who got soaking wet putting up the tarpaulin in the pouring rain. Thanks also to Bridget Zhakata for looking after the front table.

     

    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: 26 signed the register.

     

    EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 31st May from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 7th June from 12 noon. (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.) 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.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th June from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For direction see entry above.

  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 21st June at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

  • ROHR Reading Branch general Meeting. Saturday 28th June from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. For further enquiries contact: Erick Eluwasi, the Information and Publicity Officer On: 07532021348 

  • 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:

 
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