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A choice of frauds – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th December 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 December 2013 15:16

The man hired by South Africa to interpret the Mandela memorial proceedings to the deaf turns out to be a schizophrenic fraud. His gestures were apparently as meaningless as those of President Zuma, whom the Vigil remembers as a man who betrayed his promise to deliver free and fair elections to Zimbabweans.

 

The Vigil was not surprised that Zuma was greeted with boos by the audience – or that Mugabe’s arrival was met with applause. To the disillusioned South Africans in the stadium, Mugabe’s populist politics were far more appealing than  the ANC’s arrogance and unchecked corruption.

 

From the Vigil’s point of view, it was interesting to witness the humiliation of Zuma’s advisor Lindiwe Zulu, famously described by Mugabe as ‘a street walker’ when she dared to suggest that he should honour his undertaking to SADC to introduce electoral reforms. Reined in by Zuma, she dared make no comment on Mugabe when she appeared in a BBC televised debate about the memorial ceremony broadcast from Johannesburg (see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ltbjt/Question_Time_Question_Time_Special/).  Long gone was the alluring ‘street walker’. The now sour-faced Zulu resorted to the ANC’s default authoritarian mode, threatening that those who had booed her boss would be ‘dealt with’.

 

It was left to another member of the ‘Question Time’ debating panel to explain the attraction that Mugabe has for many South Africans. Looking like a plump parody of Che Guevara in a rakish red beret, the  ‘black consciousness activist’ Andile Mngxitama promised: ‘We are going to do what Mugabe did’. Strangely enough, this didn’t seem to cheer up the street walker, even though her master had ordered her to support Mugabe.

 

Ironically, it seems to the Vigil that Mugabe will have performed a great service to South Africa. When, as we expect, the EU’s few remaining targeted sanctions against him are removed in February, he will lose the fig-leaf for his calamitous rule. We will see then how attractive a bankrupt, starving Zimbabwe will be to the South African red berets.

 

Other points

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 28th December from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 18th January 2014 from 6.15 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:

  • Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE). For more information about this organisation, check: www.zunde.org.

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

 
Mugabe grabs aid money – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th December 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 December 2013 19:39

As we mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, the Vigil was shocked to learn that the UN has apparently agreed to divert some of the aid  going to help Zimbabwe’s starving people to help pay for the illegal regime’s pie-in-the-sky economic development plan. Speaking after a meeting with UN officials in Harare, the deputy chief secretary to the president, Dr Ray Ndlukula, said: ‘The United Nations country team in Zimbabwe and the government have agreed to scale down on humanitarian activities and integrate humanitarian work into recovery and development.’ – in other words, cut down help for the poor and spend aid money as we tell you (see: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-12-06-00-zim-asks-for-un-bailout/  – Zimbabwe asks for UN bailout).

 

The Vigil is opposed  to giving the Mugabe regime any say in how international aid to Zimbabwe is used because there is clear evidence of Zanu PF’s corruption, including the systematic theft of the diamond revenues which should fund its economic plan. We call on the UK government not to allow any of its aid to be diverted for Mugabe’s political purposes and, indeed, to step up surveillance to make sure that British aid is not hijacked by Zanu PF supporters and denied to opponents of the Mugabe regime.

 

The Vigil is sending the following open letter to the UK’s International Development Secretary, who is in charge of the enormous £10 – £11 billion aid budget – among the largest in the world.

 

Dear Ms Greening

 

Zimbabweans exiled in the UK applaud the UK’s generous aid to our country. Our people have benefitted greatly from it. But we are alarmed by reports that the UN has agreed to reduce its humanitarian programmes in Zimbabwe and instead divert the money to prop up the Mugabe regime’s back-of- the-envelope Zim Asset economic development plan.

 

The UN agencies and its development partners provided $426 million last year under the Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). The programme has provided food assistance for 1.4 million people, medicines to 90% of health facilities, the distribution of school textbooks as well as other help such as agricultural inputs. It is now proposed that some of this money should help finance government plans.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil is opposed to giving the illegal regime any say in how international aid to Zimbabwe is used as there is clear evidence of its corruption and its hijacking of diamond revenues.

 

We appeal to the UK government not to allow any of its aid to be diverted to prop up the Mugabe regime and, in particular, we call on it to exercise vigilance to stop aid being denied to opponents of the Mugabe regime.

 

Our concern has been heightened by a report in the Daily Mail today that your own audit department has found that UK tax money has already gone to the Zimbabwe regime in spite of insistence that this would not be the case (see:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518131/UK-government-gave-80-000-taxpayers-money-Zimbabwe-government-contravention-rules.html - U K government gave £80,000 in taxpayers' money to Zimbabwe government in contravention of its own rules).

 

The main focus of our day was the death of Nelson Mandela and we recall how we helped prompt him to disown Mugabe. It was back in 2008 when he visited London to celebrate his 90th birthday. Vigil supporters and others confronted him with a banner saying: ‘Mandela ignores Mugabe's terror. Shame / Mandela speak out. Support a free Zimbabwe’.  That very evening he spoke of a failure of leadership in Zimbabwe (see diaries of 25 and 26 June 2008 – http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/diary-archive/119-vigil-diary-archive-june-2008).

 

Singing to the accompaniment of one of our drums, a large group of Vigil supporters joined mourners outside the nearby South African High Commission. ‘ANC betrays Mandela’ was one of our condolence messages left at South Africa House. We were embarrassed that the Zimbabwe flag continued to fly at full mast at Zimbabwe House when flags across London were at half-mast to mark Mandela’s death. The truth is that Mugabe was jealous of Mandela which Fungayi Mabhunu illustrated by wearing our Mugabe mask and carrying the following posters: ‘Mandela “too saintly”’ (a Mugabe quotation) and ‘Hate not Love’.  

 

After the Vigil, supporters went down the road to the bi-monthly Zimbabwe Action Forum where we were pleased to be joined by John Huruwa and Alson Gwelo of the UK branch of newly-formed Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE). They expressed willingness to work with us to secure change in Zimbabwe. 

 

The meeting was chaired by Wilbert Mukori, who reported on his recent visit to the Hague to attend a meeting of the Zimbabwe Europe Network. He said the EU wanted to lift sanctions and they were prepared to accept the elections even though they knew they were rigged. (For Wilbert's thoughts on Mandela's Legacy see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/552-thoughts-on-mandelas-legacy.) Political analyst Clifford Mashiri said that the EU should demand that the diaspora be given the vote before lifting the sanctions.

 

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: 40 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 28th December from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 18th January 2014 from 6.15 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

  • Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE). For more information about this organisation, check: www.zunde.org.

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

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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.

 
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