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No legitimising the illegal regime – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 30th November 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 December 2013 16:12

The Vigil is launching a campaign to alert British MPs and other opinion formers to the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe as the EU moves to lift the remaining targeted measures against Mugabe and his cronies.

 

The Vigil believes that there is overwhelming evidence that the 31st July elections were rigged and we are exploring the way forward in challenging the bogus results. We are seeking guidance for the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Here is our letter to them:

 

I hope you heard about our ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ All-Stakeholders’ Diaspora Conference in London last month.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to agree a common platform and strategy for diaspora action on the Zimbabwe crisis following the fraudulent July elections.

 

Several resolutions were agreed including that we should explore the possibility of a legal challenge to the validity of the elections, especially in light of the refusal to release the voters’ roll.

 

We read that some people in Zimbabwe are thinking along similar lines and we will be happy to co-operate with them in any way we can.  In particular, it has been suggested that we could approach the Bar Association in London for support. As you know they have taken a close interest in Zimbabwe.

 

We would welcome any comments and suggestions that ZLHR could make.

 

A number of EU leaders have made clear they are in favour of ‘normalising’ relations with Zimbabwe, the latest being the Greek Ambassador to Harare.  He said Greece would seek to have the targeted sanctions lifted in 2014 when Greece has the Presidency of the EU.

 

The Vigil believes that, following Belgium’s successful demand to lift sanctions against the dubious Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, it will be difficult for the UK to hold the line. Even Germany, which has had ‘protected’ investments in Zimbabwe seized without compensation, seems to have allowed one of its companies to sell equipment to Mugabe’s own stolen Gushongo enterprise.

 

The Vigil’s intention is to stress the illegitimacy of the Mugabe regime even if the EU caves in on the targeted measures at its February meeting.  After all, the restrictions may be lifted but it is still up to individual countries to decide who they allow to visit or deal with.

 

The Vigil expects a busy time in the coming year exposing the Zanu PF gangsters who may be emboldened by the withdrawal of the ‘illegal sanctions’ to visit the UK and we ask our friends to let us know whenever this happens so that we can give them a suitable welcome, as we did for comrades Chinamasa and Mzembi.

 

In the meantime here is a letter (check: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/549-proposed-letter-to-mps-etc), written with the help of Zimbabwe Yes We Can Organising Secretary David Kadzutu, for supporters to send out to their MPs. It can be adapted as necessary to suit the sender’s needs:

 

Proposed letter to MPs etc

 

Dear

 

Zimbabweans in the UK are grateful for the sanctuary we have been given here in these desperate days for our homeland. I am sending this letter to give you first-hand information about the situation in Zimbabwe where 89 year old Mugabe and his Zanu PF mafia are clinging to power despite wrong-headed policies that have destroyed the economy and driven millions into exile.

 

Our hopes of change were dashed in July when the elections were stolen with the help of the Chinese and the Israeli ballot-rigging company, Nikuv, ending the four year coalition with the Movement for Democratic Change.

 

Eddie Cross, one of the remaining MDC MPs, says of the new cabinet: ‘I cannot think of a single Minister (perhaps one and even he is questionable) that is not guilty of gross corruption.’ He continues: ‘The harsh reality is that no single Zanu PF leader of any stature could stand up to an audit of their assets and sources of the income that supports their lavish lifestyles. This exercise would have to be extended to senior Civil Servants and many senior Army Officers and other members of the security services. In days after they took power, I heard of new corrupt deals in key sectors by Ministers. If Zanu PF does not get on top of all of these issues they simply cannot deliver what they have promised or even need to do to survive’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/first-100-days-eddie-cross/The First 100 Days – Eddie Cross).

 

The end of the restraining MDC influence on the government and the exposure of the hollowness of Zanu PF election promises threaten to lead to a new lurch to a North Korean-type siege mentality.  There are increasing acts of violence, looting and intimidation by predatory gangs in a government-sponsored climate of paranoia and hatred of the West, which provides the bulk of the aid reaching the country.

 

After more than a decade of ‘land reform’ Zimbabwe cannot feed itself. Half the rural population will need international food aid in the coming months. There are few jobs because industry has also collapsed. The bloated civil service, which already takes 70% of government revenue, has been promised a 100% rise to lift them above the poverty level!

 

We know that our country has been one of the leading economies in Africa and, if governed properly, can be so again. We want to be part of this change and look forward to going back to a free and democratic country one day.

 

People sending this letter may like to add  the following: For an insight into the depths of corruption in the Zimbabwean mafia, we refer to the ongoing divorce case in Harare involving Mugabe’s relative Philip Chiyangwa. His estranged wife has demanded a share of his assets which are listed as follows:

 

PROPERTY PORTFOLIO

1.     60 hectares of land in the Grange (Harare),

2.     Stoneridge Farm measuring 586 hectares,

3.     six hectares of land in Harare,

4.     Lot 3 of Delnadamph Estate measuring 5 hectares,

5.     Stand 65 Colne Valley Township 5 of Lot 7A measuring 7 hectares,

6.     Stand 389 Derbyshire Township measuring 25 hectares,

7.     A piece of land in Zvimba measuring 1 331 hectares,

8.     A piece of land in Shortson Harare measuring 72 hectares,

9.     Part of Sangwe Farm in Chinhoyi measuring 845 hectares,

10.   2 812 hectares of land at Olympus Farm in Chinhoyi,

11.   4 060 hectares at Old Citrus Farm in Chinhoyi,

12.   1 416 hectares at Strathcona Farm, Chinhoyi,

13.   600 hectares at North Umzari Farm,

14.   Urban residential stands throughout the country,

15.   A fleet of top of the range vehicles and 40 companies.

CARS

1.     Chrysler Cross Fire motor vehicle valued at approximately $50,000

2.     Range Rover Vogue motor vehicle valued at approximately $60,000

3.     A Jeep motor vehicle valued at approximately $120,000

4.     Chrysler Sebrin motor vehicle valued at approximately $60,000

5.     Ford Ranger motor vehicle valued at approximately $70,000

6.     Mercedes GL6 motor vehicle valued at approximately $300,000

7.     A Bentley motor vehicle valued at approximately $350,000

8.     A Rolls Royce Phantom motor vehicle valued at approximately $475,000

9.     A fleet of Mercedes.

10.   Substantial household goods and effects valued approximately $200,000

KEY PROPERTIES

1.     Lot 11 of Bluffhill, corner Northolt Drive and Lavenham Drive , East Bluffhill. A cluster of 120 units of residential stands with water supply and sewer connected and borehole drilled measuring 1, 0065 hectares and valued at $5,940 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

2.     Stand 3051 of Bluffhill, corner Northolt Drive and Lavenham Drive East Bluffhill being a cluster development of 57 units with water and sewer connected and borehole drilled measuring 1, 7385 hectares valued at $10,260 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

3.     Stand 3052 of Bluffhill, corner Northolt Drive and Lavenham Drive East Bluffhill being a primary school built on a stand measuring 3, 7919 hectares and valued at $6 300 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

4.     Remainder of Lot 13 Bluffhill, Corner Northolt drive and Lavenham Drive East, Bluffhill being a secondary school with 23 cluster houses and 36 Duplex Flats built on a stand measuring 7, 5291 hectares and valued at $19 300 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

5.     Stand 3341 Kadoma Township (stand 2620-3340 Blue Ranges) Kadoma being a residential development with 693 stands/units measuring 20,7900 hectares and valued at $1 600 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

6.     Stand 1-504 Eyecourt Township of Nyarungu estate being a development with a shopping centre, hotel/motel, and industrial stands measuring 46, 1270 hectares valued at $7 320 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

7.     Stand 389 of Derbyshire Township being a development with a shopping centre and industrial site measuring 7,2287 hectares valued at $1 210 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

8.     Stand 19345 harare township beong a development with residential stands measuring 10, 000 hectares and valued at $5 000 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

9.     Stand 913 Mandara Township being a cluster development of 26 units measuring 3, 1634 hectares valued at $7 840 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

10.   Subdivision C of The Grange (stands 566-712 the Grange Township) off Beeston avenue, a development with a five star hotel, 496 cluster homestead properties and 43 low density residential stands in total measuring 307, 957 hectares and valued at $12 010 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

11.   The remainder of Stoneridge a mixed use development with a shopping centre, institutions and residential developments measuring 586,7145 hectares and valued at $36 150 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

12.   Subdivision A of Stoneridge an agric-residental development measuring 8, 2283 hectares and valued at $1 340 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

13.   Subdivision A of Arda an agri-residental development measuring 8, 2283 hectares and valued at $820 000.00 as at 31 May 2008

14.   Stand 289 Willowvale Township, an industrial stand with 14 units measuring 0.9752 hectares and valued at $200 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

15.   STAND 10050 Chinhoyi Township being a hotel site measuring 1.4430 hectares and valued at $220 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

16.   Lot 8 of Hunyani, a hotel site IN Chinhoyi measuring 29.9077 hectares and valued at $4 490 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.
98. Stand 7538 Gweru Township in Gweru, a hotel site measuring 4.9534 hectares and valued at $920 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

17.   Stand 8432 Gweru Township in Gweru, a hotel site measuring 4.5934 hectares and valued at $390 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

18.   The remainder of subdivision A of stoneridge a mixed use development with a shopping centre, institutions and residential developments measuring 586,8960 hectares and valued at $63 480 000.00 AS AT 31 May 2008.

19.   The remainder of Arda Farm being a mixed use development with a shopping centre, institutions and residential developments measuring 605,8092 hectares and valued at $75 730 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

20.   The remainder of A of the rest being a mixed use development with a shopping centre, institutions and residential developments measuring 1456,1440 hectares and valued at $36 400 000.00 AS AT 31 May 2008.

21.   Stand 625 Mandara Township being a mixed use development with a shopping centre, institutions and residential developments measuring 6,6860 hectares abd valued at $3 340 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

22.   Stand 27406 Masvingo Township being a hotel on a stand measuring 1.9879 hectares and valued at $280 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

23.   A mixed use development with a shopping centre, institutions and residential developments in Kasese Township of Kariba measuring 65, 5325 hectares and valued at $7 910 000.00 as at 31 May 2008.

(See: http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-13285-Chiyangwa%E2%80%99s+wife+wants+85pc+of+wealth/news.aspx - Chiyangwa’s wife demands 85pc of wealth as marriage fails).

 

We are grateful to Wilbert Mukori for representing us at a conference in Holland on Friday organised by Zimbabwe Europe Network titled ‘Charting a New Future for Europe-Zimbabwe Relations’.  There will be full details in next week’s diary.

 

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: 22 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·         ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 7th December from 11 am – 1 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. 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 big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th December from 6.15. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

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

·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 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.

·         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.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·         Useful website: www.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

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The Riggers Rigged – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 23rd November 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 November 2013 16:08

The Vigil congratulates the Herald on at long last succeeding in one of its three declared objectives: ‘to be entertaining’. Tuesday’s front-page editorial was certainly entertaining – lifting the lid on the brazen rigging of Zanu PF’s provincial elections.

 

Despite Zanu PF’s insistence that the national elections of 31st July were free and fair, many in Zanu PF have complained that their own party provincial elections were anything but free and fair. Their complaints, unsurprisingly, echo those made by the MDC about the national elections. The Herald said: ‘There are some in Zanu PF who didn’t want the chaos that ravaged provincial elections in the Midlands, Manicaland and Mashonaland Central exposed. They wanted the allegations of rigging and irregularities, the shambolic party registers and disenfranchisement of hundreds of party supporters to be hidden behind mouth-washed platitudes. But we are not in the business of public relations. Our duty is to educate, inform and entertain our readers.’ (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/comment-this-is-not-how-comrades-behave/COMMENT: This is not how Comrades behave).

 

The defeated Mnangagwa faction repeated more of the MDC’s complaints: vote buying, intimidation . . . all the abuses of the stolen July elections which were rubber-stamped by South Africa, SADC, the AU and the UN.

 

The victorious Mujuru faction responded in authentic Zanu PF style. A ‘highly placed’ source told the Daily News: ‘We have rules and regulations that govern elections in Zanu PF. Those people who feel cheated should learn to accept defeat. MDC takaidya wani saka chii chinoshamisira pakudyiwa’ (we defeated the MDC so what’s the fuss about losing?)  (http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/party-infighting-frightens-mugabe/  – Party infighting frightens Mugabe).

 

As winter closes in on us at the Vigil, we are in despair at Zimbabwe’s hopeless government. We read that MDC MP Eddie Cross says that nothing is being done to tackle corruption. He says: ‘I cannot think of a single Minister (perhaps one and even he is questionable) that is not guilty of gross corruption.’ He continued: ‘The harsh reality is that no single Zanu PF leader of any stature could stand up to an audit of their assets and sources of the income that supports their lavish lifestyles. This exercise would have to be extended to senior Civil Servants and many senior Army Officers and other members of the security services. In days after they took power, I heard of new corrupt deals in key sectors by Ministers. If Zanu PF does not get on top of all of these issues they simply cannot deliver what they have promised or even need to do to survive’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/first-100-days-eddie-cross/The First 100 Days – Eddie Cross).

 

Talking of poor leadership, a Vigil supporter received a long and threatening text message viciously attacking her participation in a demonstration against the recent visit by Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi. It was further evidence of how active Zanu PF is in London. The fact they had her phone number was worrying. We notice that Mzembi has been telling the media back home how successful his visit was. You can judge what the British attitude to Zanu PF is from a leading article in today’s Times newspaper titled ‘Not just a Hitler moustache / Zimbabwe’s anti-foreigner policy evokes the worst of times’.

 

The article condemns Mugabe’s indigenization policy and in particular the announcement that non-indigenous businessmen have been given a month to shut up shop. ‘In human rights terms this is a disgrace. It is also staggeringly and tragically stupid. It makes Zimbabwe a place where it would literally be madness to invest or start a business, even if you were a native Zimbabwean. For who knows when the Government, for expedient or populist reasons — citing some invented imperative — might not demand your business be turned over to the State? (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/546-leader-article-from-the-uk-times-saturday-23rd-november-2013).

 

Perhaps it would be a good thing for MPs on the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee to be given their wish to join in the government foreign travel bonanza, already costing twice the budget for education. They could come here and be educated on how thoroughly the reputation of Zimbabwe has been tarnished by Mugabe and his cronies.

 

Other points

·         We have now sent off our open letter to the Prime Minister and people of Israel complaining of the role played by the Israeli company Nikuv in rigging the July elections.  We have also sent it to the Jewish press. (We would like to know if Nikuv received royalties for the rigging of the Zanu PF provincial elections . . . ) You can see this letter at http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/545-israeli-company-selling-out-israel. 

·         We were sorry to hear that Vigil supporter Batson Chapata had a heart attack on Tuesday.  He is now back home and we wish him well for a speedy recovery.

·         Thanks to Joseph Chivayo and Sihle Sibanda for arriving early and setting 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: 29 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·         Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 30th November from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·         ROHR Reading Branch meeting. Saturday 30th November from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: the Pakistan Community Centre, Park Hall, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA. Contact: Charles D. Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07531853066, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792.

·         ROHR Central London Branch general meeting. Saturday 7th December from 11 am – 1 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. 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 big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th December from 6.15. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 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.

·         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.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·         Useful website: www.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

 
Grovel East Chinamasa – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 16th November 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 November 2013 15:23

Finance Minister Chinamasa graciously offered to forgive the West when he briefed diplomats in Harare about Zanu-PF’s latest Zim Asset-stripping programme.

 

‘We stand ready to allow our economy to talk to yours’, he gushed, quite forgetting that the Zimbabwean economy spoke a totally different language.

 

‘We need to be clear about indigenisation’, he added. ‘People are put off even by the name indigenisation (though) it’s there in other countries, but called localisation or other terms’. Perhaps Chinamamsa had in mind ‘theft’ or ‘lunacy’ (see: Chinamasa pleads with diplomats to bury the hatchethttp://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_chinamasa-pleads-with-diplomats-to-bury-the-hatchet/).

 

What is clear is that only a few months after the rigged elections, Zanu-PF has been exposed as having no clothes (apart perhaps from a dunce’s hat). It’s now reduced to begging from the very countries which it continues to vilify despite the aid they have poured into Zimbabwe.

 

The Vigil suggests that Chinamasa looks East and grovels to China for a handout. After all, the Chinese economic powerhouse has munificently given £1 million to help the neighbouring Philippines devastated by a massive typhoon. By contrast, the miserly UK government gave only £50 million and the UK public donated another £30 million in three days to help suffering people on the other side of the world (who had never even been oppressed by British colonialism!),

 

As Chinamasa no doubt thought: what a pity illegal sanctions stop us having typhoons in Zimbabwe.

 

The problem for Chinamasa is that Asian investors have imposed their own economic sanctions on Zimbabwe. Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha complained that – although the government was not ‘sitting on its laurels’ – countries in the East were withholding their money because Zimbabwe was seen as a risky destination. This must surely be discriminatory! (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_look-east-policy-hits-brick-wall/Look East policy hits brick wall).

 

We were pleased to be joined at the Vigil by Wilbert Mukori, who came down all the way from Manchester. After taking his turn on the drums, Wilbert went on with us to the bi-monthly Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) where we discussed progress in implementing the resolutions passed after last month’s ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ Conference. (See last two diaries.)

 

ZAF approved the draft letter about the Israeli ballot-rigging company Nikuv published in last week’s diary with the addition of a warning to Israel that Zanu-PF would be quite happy to sell uranium to its enemy Iran. The letter is being sent to the Israeli government and media.

 

It was agreed to approach Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights for advice on legal options open to us to challenge the rigged elections and take Mugabe to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The ZAF meeting was told of progress in collecting evidence of the election rigging. Comprehensive dossiers will be submitted to South Africa, SADC, the AU and the UN – all of whom have accepted the stolen elections. Wilbert said the validity of the elections must be challenged or people, seeing how the results were rigged, would not even bother to vote next time.

 

Also discussed were calls by some MDC leaders for the lifting of the targeted measures against Mugabe cronies on the grounds that these sanctions provided a fig-leaf for Mugabe’s mis-governance. The Vigil’s view is that sanctions should be continued and indeed extended to include those who rigged the last elections. We don’t think for a moment that African leaders are not able to see what is going on in Zimbabwe. Any concessions such as dropping the targeted measures would serve to legitimize the fraudulent elections and the illegal Zanu-PF regime.

 

Other points

·         Following our ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ All-Stakeholders’ Conference we were pleased to be contacted by Moses Chamboko, a Zimbabwean living in Australia. He and other like-minded Zimbabweans in the diaspora have formed ‘Zimbabweans United for Democracy’ (www.zunde.org). We look forward to working with this group to develop an effective pro-democracy movement.

·         Thanks to Nicodimus Muganhu and Shylette Chipangura of ROHR Reading Branch for bringing delicious Zimbabwean food. Thanks also to Nicodimus who, along with Kelvin Kamupira, Francesca Toft and Fungayi Mabhunu, arrived early to set up the Vigil. Thanks to Helen Rukambiro 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: 43 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·         Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 30th November from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·         ROHR Reading Branch meeting. Saturday 30th November from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: the Pakistan Community Centre, Park Hall, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA. Contact: Charles D. Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07531853066, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792.

·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th December from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. 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 big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 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.

·         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.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·         Useful website: www.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

 
Poisonous Mzembi – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 9th November 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:31

Police were called to Chatham House in London when a group of Vigil supporters staged a demonstration on Friday protesting at the recognition given to Mugabe’s visiting Tourism Minister (and farm looter) Walter Mzembi.

 

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, otherwise known as Chatham House, had invited Mzembi to speak during his visit to London for an international tourism conference. African diplomats in dapper black suits and shiny black shoes glared poison at the demonstrators as they went into the venue.

 

Soon afterwards a police van arrived and a policeman went into Chatham House. He quickly re-emerged and gave us a friendly wave before driving off. (We had arranged police permission for the protest.) 1 – 0 to the Vigil.

 

At no stage did we impede passage into the building. After all there were only eight of us (Bridget Zhakata, Cephas Maswoswa, Dennis Benton, Gift  Mushariwa, Grace Rukure, Ishmael Makina, Penelope Murewa and Rosemary Maponga) displaying posters such as: ‘Mugabe stooge: Mzembi’, ’Zim diaspora rejects the stolen elections’, ‘Who poisoned the elephants?’, ‘Who is destroying the forests?’, ‘Who is stealing the diamonds?’ and ‘Say No to Zanu PF Mafia’.

 

Or perhaps they didn’t like our twelve-foot-long Vigil banner draped over their railings: ‘No to Mugabe, No to Starvation’. Or maybe it was the leaflet we handed out: Zimbabwe’s Cyanide Tourism: Walter Mzembi presents himself as the reasonable face of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF mafia. But he cannot distance himself from the ruination that Mugabe has brought upon Zimbabwe . . . the poverty, starvation, despair, the enslavement of the people to Chinese colonisers.. Ask Mzembi ‘Where is the diamond money going?’, ‘Why do the forests have no trees?’ It’s not ‘illegal’ sanctions that have poisoned hundreds of elephants.

 

Why should the Vigil worry about this inflated Zanu PF thief? The answer is that as far as the Vigil knows he is the first of Mugabe’s illegitimate ministers to surface in the UK since the stolen elections. His message at the tourism conference was: Zanu PF wants to re-engage with the UK (in other words wants money) but you must learn your place. There must be no more master / servant relationship – we are equals (never mind that we have made ourselves  one of the poorest countries in the world and you are one of the richest . . .) We pay tribute to Penelope Murewa for coming to the demonstration despite feeling very shaky after medical treatment.

 

In line with the resolutions passed at the Zimbabwe Action Forum’s meeting last week, we are compiling a dossier of evidence of the rigging of the 31st July elections. We already have the evidence that Sokwanele and the Solidarity Peace Trust have collected. We are pleased that Nehanda Radio is now publishing the comprehensive evidence collected by MDC T.

 

It is already clear that manipulation by the mercenary Israeli company Nikuv was a decisive factor in Mugabe’s ‘victory’. The Vigil is sending the following open letter to the Israeli Prime Minister and the people of Israel:

 

‘Leaders like Robert Mugabe have a fundamental weakness that can be traced back to the days of the slave trade; they will happily sell their own kith and kin into slavery for a piece of calico cloth and a handful of beads! The slave trade was abolished over a century ago, thank God. Yet millions in Africa continue to suffer and die in dumb anguish, denied their basic rights and human dignity by their fellow blacks just as happened during the dark days of slavery.

 

For the last 33 years Zimbabweans have been fighting to end the Mugabe dictatorship so they too can enjoy the fruits of democracy and good governance. It is wholly unacceptable that their hopes for a better future were once again ruthlessly dashed because Mugabe had help from an Israeli company Nikuv.

 

Nikuv corrupted the voters roll so that nearly one million voters were denied the right to vote on election-day. It is no exaggeration to say it was Nikuv which delivered election victory to Mugabe considering the tyrant's winning margin was one million.

 

What chance does the impoverished ordinary Zimbabwean voter have against a tyrant like Mugabe with all the looted national wealth at his disposal and all the State institutions to back him. The David vs Goliath contest becomes an impossible one when companies like Nikuv throw their technical clout behind the tyrant.      

 

This is not the first time an Israeli company has been involved in Zimbabwe's politics on the side of Mugabe. This is simply intolerable and it must stop!

 

The Israeli government and people are always talking of Israel as an island of democracy in the middle of a troubled region. They are always condemning others for autocratic rule and the threat they pose to Israel. Why is it then that Israel has no qualms when it comes to sponsoring the same autocracy in countries such as Zimbabwe?

 

It is inconceivable that the Israeli government and people are not aware of how Israeli companies like Nikuv have sold our national hopes for a democratic government for thirty pieces of silver. And yet both the Israeli government and people have said nothing. They would be up in arms if any other nation was involved in such criminal activities affecting them.

 

What Nikuv, the Israeli government and people must realise is that the people of Zimbabwe know they have tyrants selling the nation’s hopes and dreams for a piece of calico cloth. They also know that there are unscrupulous companies and nations propping up these tyrants. The people are poor, powerless but they are not stupid!’

 

Wilbert Mukori on behalf of the ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ Task Force. 

 

Other points

·         An overcast threatening sky greeted the Lord Mayor’s annual parade but we were thrilled to see mounted troops cantering down the Strand with a gun carriage.

·         Revelation of the week: Finance Minister Chinamasa’s disclosure that the Treasury received no diamond revenue in the nine months to September this year…..

·         Thanks to Tendai Chadehumbe and Rose Maponga for arriving early to help set up the Vigil. Thanks also to Nicodemus Maganhu who worked hard putting up 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 THE RECORD: 32 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·         Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 16th November from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·         Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 16th November from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 16th November from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. 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 big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·         ROHR Reading Branch meeting. Saturday 30th November from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: the Pakistan Community Centre, Park Hall, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA. Contact: Charles D.Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07531853066, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792.

·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 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.

·         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.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·         Useful website: www.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

 
Diaspora rejects rigged elections – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 2nd November 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 November 2013 16:46

The Zimbabwean diaspora speaking from London has rejected the 31st July elections as rigged and has demanded new elections under international supervision after promised reforms have been made. It wants the opposition in Zimbabwe to resist Mugabe at every step and challenge him on issues such as the diaspora vote, dual nationality and the position of so-called aliens.

 

These decisions were made at a meeting of the bi-monthly Zimbabwe Action Forum after the Vigil. In attendance were members of a task force nominated at the ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ Conference held in London on 24th October. The Conference had been presented with the following resolutions: The Conference

1.     Rejects the 31st July elections as rigged

2.     Calls on the diaspora to unite in demanding new elections

3.     Condemns SADC for not ensuring the GPA was implemented

4.     Appeals to the AU to revisit its approach to the Zimbabwe crisis

5.     Urges South Africa not to support the Mugabe regime

6.     Advises the EU to continue the targeted sanctions against Mugabe and to expand them to include judges and officials of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission who have demonstrated bias for Zanu PF

7.     Demands the Zimbabwean opposition resist Mugabe at every step

8.     Asks the UK government not to send home failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers

 

Lack of time prevented them from being adopted at the Conference and so they were carried forward at the Zimbabwe Action Forum. All the resolutions were adopted with the addition of a resolution demanding that those in a position of authority should be held to account for their actions.

 

The meeting said options should be explored to challenge the validity of the elections and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should be taken to court if it does not release the voters’ roll.

 

It urged the MDC-T to publish its dossier on the election rigging and, in line with suggestions from thematic groups set up at the Conference, it was agreed that the task force would collate evidence of election abuses and submit this evidence to the African Union. The AU has now published its report on the elections (see: AU final report on Zim poll reflects ‘solidarity of the African elite – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_au-final-report-on-zim-poll-reflects-solidarity-of-the-african-elite/). The Vigil thinks the AU report is disingenuous and the task force will appeal to the AU to look at all the evidence and not give up on the Zimbabwe crisis.

 

The protest to the AU will be followed by action on the other resolutions. This will include letters to SADC protesting at its failure to ensure that the GPA was implemented, to South Africa urging it not to support the Zimbabwe regime, to the EU calling for the targeted sanctions against Mugabe to be continued and expanded to include judges and officials of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. An appeal would be made to the UK government not to send home failed asylum seekers. For a full report of the ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ Conference (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/537-restore-zimbabwe-conference-london--thursday-24th-october-2013).

 

Other points

·         Thanks to Wilbert Mukori, a member of the ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ task force, who made the long journey from Manchester to be with us at the Forum. He says that to say the AU’s report on the elections is a great disappointment is an understatement. Read his comments on our campaigns page: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/540-wilbert-mukoris-comments-on-the-au-report-on-the-zimbabwe-elections.

·         The Vigil was plunged suddenly into winter darkness with the end of British Summer Time. Clocks were moved one hour backwards last week to allow people to get to work and school when it’s lighter.

·         We were happy to be joined by supporters of the Swazi Vigil which is going from strength to strength.

·         Thanks to Fannuel Wallah who put up our tarpaulin in the rain assisted by Gladys Mapanda.

 

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:

·         ACTSA annual conference ‘Southern Africa: Human Rights and Democracy’. Saturday, 9th November from 2 – 4.30 pm. Venue: The Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.  Participants are leading human rights campaigners from Zimbabwe and Swaziland: McDonald Lewanika: Director, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Wandile Dludu: Coordinator, Swaziland Democracy Campaign and Swaziland United Democratic Front (tbc), Siphiwe Hlophe: Director, Swaziland for Positive Living (video message). Hear from civil society leaders about the prospects for the future in Swaziland and Zimbabwe. What are the needs, priorities and what can we do to support those struggling to uphold human rights, democracy and eradicate poverty. For further information and to register contact ACTSA: Tel: 020 71860750, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , website: www.actsa.org. See the flyer or go to http://bit.ly/1i1CZCY for more information. The conference follows ACTSA’s AGM from 11 am – 1.30pm: http://www.actsa.org/page-1421-Annual_General_Meeting.html.

·         Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 16th November from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·         Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 16th November from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 16th November from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. 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 big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·         Zimbabwe Association AGM. Saturday 16th November. Guest speaker McDonald Lewanika of Crisis in Zimbabwe. Venue: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG. Nearest station: Bethnal Green (Central line).

·         ROHR Reading Branch meeting. Saturday 30th November from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: the Pakistan Community Centre, Park Hall, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA. Contact: Charles D.Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07531853066, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792.

·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 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.

·         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.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·         Useful website: www.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

 
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