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Zimbabwe’s ‘perfect storm’ – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st November 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:51

With Christmas approaching, Zimbabwe seems to be facing all the gifts from hell: economic meltdown, simmering violence, a looming food crisis and a witch on the rampage.

 

The South Africa-based think tank NKC African Economics, which is associated with Oxford University, says Zimbabwe is on the brink of total collapse and the infighting in Zanu PF could trigger unprecedented chaos. In a report titled ‘Renewed violence an inevitable consequence of regime decay’, NKC says Zanu PF is walking dead (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_zimbabwe-on-the-brink-dailynews-live/). NGOs and Western governments have also expressed alarm at the mounting violence (see, for example: Police brutality not the answer – https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/11/18/police-brutality-not-the-answer/).

 

At the same time, MDC T MP Eddie Cross says Zimbabwe is facing food shortages because of a drought of the same magnitude as experienced in 2008 when the United States stepped in to provide maize. ‘This year we are on our own; aid agencies do not have the budget to help, our government does not have the capacity to step into the breach and the private sector is as broke as everyone else. We better all go to church this Sunday and pray for rain’ (see: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2015/11/the-implications-of-another-regional-crop-failure/).

 

It is not as if President Mugabe is on hand to take charge of affairs. He is always away in his role as one of the world’s great statesmen – stumbling from one international meeting to another dispensing wisdom. People in Zimbabwe looking for government guidance might suggest that he should charge these foreign freeloaders for his advice.

 

Although ZAnu PF is tearing itself apart, he will have to go to Paris for a climate-change meeting even as the party gathers at Victoria Falls for its conference. Zimbabweans can only be grateful that mother of the nation Dr Grace will be there to hand out adult size 12 plastic shoes to the children (see: http://www.zimeye.com/grace-mugabe-donates-size-13-shoes-to-toddlers/).

 

Another relief would be if the Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa is sufficiently embarrassed to pay for the conference from his spoils from the bankrupt Premier Services Medical Aid Society (see: Mugabe must demand Parirenyatwa explanation – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_mugabe-must-demand-parirenyatwa-explanation/). Incidentally, the Vigil notes that between January and June this year donors provided eight times as much for Zimbabwe’s social services as the government (see: http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/government-at-mercy-of-donors/).

 

Other points

·       On a bitterly cold Saturday – first of the winter –Sister Bev Mutandiro led us in prayer for peace in Zimbabwe in the face of growing signs of violence.

·       The Vigil ended on a vibrant note with rousing singing and drumming. Passers-by joined in the dancing.

·       Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Audry Chamangira, Livert Zhuwao, Beverley and Kennedy Mutandiro, Henrietta Mlambo and Fungayi Mabhunu. Thanks to those who stayed to the end to help pack up: Beverley Mutandiro, Chido Makawa, Dennis Benton, Faith Bhebhe, Fungayi Mabhunu, Ishmael Makina, Jennipher Sabe, Lipi Mhlope, Lovemore Mukeyani, Marjory Kunaka, Rose Benton and Zondiwe Gumede.

·       We have received a reply from the General Medical Council to a complaint we made against the activities of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro who runs a clinic in Nottingham. Although he is a British citizen he is trying to seize a farm in Zimbabwe owned by a white Zimbabwean. The GMC’s letter thanks us for bringing the matter to their attention.

 

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 Reading Christmas Party Fundraiser. Saturday 28th November from 7:30 – 11 pm. Venue: The Spice Oven Buffet Restaurant, 2 – 4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT. Theme: to restore dignity to the suffering people of Zimbabwe. Tickets: £25 per adult, free entry for children under 5 years. For more information, contact: Deborah Harry (07578894896), Charles Mararirakwenda (07964731721), Joshua Kahari (07877246251), Shyline (07827493930)

·       The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

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

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 6th December from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark nine months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835

 
Zanu PF‘s Fantasyland – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th November 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 November 2015 12:51

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All Zimbabweans will have rejoiced that Zimbabwe is to produce its very own car and export it to the rest of Africa. The announcement in the Herald said the development was in line with the government’s ‘stance of value addition and beneficiation, which is expected to turn the country into a regional giant of exporting finished products’ (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/zim-to-manufacture-own-car-model/).

 

Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha, whom we picketed a few weeks ago when he tried to sell fantasyland to London investors, was proud to tell a news conference in Harare about the project after signing what he said was a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with an Italian firm with the un-Italian name El Badaoui Group.

 

Mr Bimha didn’t quite say that the new car would run on Chinhoyi diesel but the Techzim website immediately cast doubt on the project. ‘We think this shouldn’t be taken seriously at all. It’s the usual effort to offer some news of hope in these pretty damp times’ was its conclusion (see: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2015/11/zim-manufacture-car-model-news-must-not-taken-seriously/)

 

A bracing note of reality also came in an article in the American magazine ‘Foreign Affairs’, which questioned Zimbabwe’s plan to borrow money from the international financial institutions so that it can begin to pay off the interest on its debts so that it can borrow more money which it will of course not repay.  Just the sort of plan that would seem to appeal to the Zanu PF mentality.

 

Well, Foreign Affairs is not buying it, observing:  ‘Now is precisely the wrong time to embrace Mugabe and his coterie, who for 35 years have done little but devastate the country and enrich themselves.’ The magazine goes on to say ‘Significant lending before the regime has taken genuine steps toward much-needed reform would be premature and entirely counterproductive’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_analysis-imf-cash-will-entrench-grace-croc/).

 

As with Zimbabwe’s plan to produce its own car, the magazine will not have been taken in by the remarks of Vice President Mnangagwa at a dinner in Harare held to raise money for Zanu PF’s conference at Victoria Falls next month. According to the Herald the dinner was attended by hundreds of captains of industry and heads of parastatals paying up to $100,000 for a table.

 

The must have found it difficult to keep a straight face when the Vice President exhorted them: ‘we must unreservedly shun corruption’, before going on to accuse the media of a warped analysis informed by ‘a litany of denials of reality’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_zanu-pf-dinner-oversubscribed-the-herald/).

 

Is this the same reality shown by Mugabe in flying to Turkey to give his advice to the G20 meeting of leaders of the world’s major economies?  Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday French President Hollande has withdrawn from the meeting so Mugabe can take his place (and probably argue the case for supporting the blood-stained Assad regime).

 

Distancing ourselves from Mugabe’s fantasyland, the Vigil expressed our solidarity with France by wearing mourning bands and displaying posters reading ‘Vigil mourns with France’.

 

Other points

·       Thirty people went to Nottingham on Friday to stage another demonstration outside the clinic run by Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica who are trying to seize a farm in Zimbabwe although they have lived in the UK for more than ten years.  The supporters of the Vigil and the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe sang and danced and handed out flyers to passers-by. Motorists hooted in support when they passed. Thanks to those who attended: Audry Chamangira, Muchineripi Chigwedere, Paul Chipamhadze, Chamunorwa Chisuko, Flemming Diza, Enniah Dube, Farai Sharmaine Gumbanjera, Princess Homera, Irvine Huni, Danny Kadiki, Chipo Kamhunga, Godwin Kativu, Joana Kwenda, Chido Michelle Makawa, Ishmael Makina, Cephas Maswoswa, Lazarus Matiyenga, Arthur Molife, Nobukhosi Moyo, Nicodimus Muganhu, Ian Mumford, Sally Mutseyami, Virginia Mutyambizi, Mncedisi Ndhlovu, Charles Dumisani Ndlovu, Benhilda Ngwenya, Esther Nyambi, Minienhle Sibanda, Qiniso Sibanda and Sibusisiwe Tshuma. Special thanks to Chamunorwa and Enniah for running the protest and to Cephas who bought food for the group.

·       Thanks to those who arrived early to set up the Vigil: Humphrey Dube, Livert Zhuwao, Barbara Kachidza, Abigail Makope, Mncedisi Ndhlovu and Fungay Mabhunu. Thanks to Livert for looking after the front table. Thanks to the team that put up the tarpaulin and banners in the pouring rain: Humphrey, Mncedisi, Fungayi, Charles Dumisani Ndlovu and Chipo Kamhunga. Special thanks to Humphrey who went tirelessly up and down the ladder to tie everything down. We admired their ingenious engineering in taping a fold up chair and umbrella to the string holding up the tarpaulin to make sure the rain ran off. Thanks to all those who stayed to the end to help pack up: Barbara Kachidza, Charles Dumisani Ndlovu, Chipo Kamhunga, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Christopher Kamuzonde, Dennis Benton, Enniah Dube, Fungayi Mabhunu, Helen Sibanda, Humphrey Dube, Ivy Dangarembizi, Jennipher Sabe, Kidi Gotsi, Linton Magume, Lipi Mhlope, Mncedisi Ndhlovu, Moline Nyabonda, Rose Benton, Tryness Ncube, Xoliso Sithole, Yvonne Makombe and Zondiwe Gumede.

 

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: 35 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

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

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 6th December from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark nine months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835

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Zanu PF swaggers in UK – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th November 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 November 2015 14:45

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Attempts to disrupt the Vigil as we embark on our 14th year are linked we believe to a growing Zanu PF mafia in the UK. It is clear that some Zimbabweans who have settled here are unrepentant Mugabe supporters who are in Britain only because they have destroyed Zimbabwe and seek new fields to loot.

 

While the Vigil is busy challenging a a British GP who is trying to take over a farm in Zimbabwe we ourselves are under siege from a determined group who are seeking to profit from the asylum industry. They are trying to hijack our brand for their own purposes and have ready allies in deceitful online outfits such as Zimeye.com.

 

At a meeting of the Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) after the Vigil we discussed the problem of dodgy legal representatives feeding off vulnerable asylum seekers. One person who calls himself ‘Dr Masimba Mavaza’ was mentioned by several people. Elementary checks on the man described by Zimeye as ‘one of the UK’s best immigration lawyers’ revealed the following: 19 January 2011 STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE FOR JUDICIAL COMPLAINTS – ‘MR MASIMBA MAVAZA A spokesperson for the Office for Judicial Complaints said: “Mr Masimba Mavaza, a magistrate appointed to the Corby Bench, failed to inform the Advisory Committee of his arrest for fraud by false representation. A conduct investigation by the local Advisory Committee found that Mr Mavaza had not demonstrated the qualities of good character and sound judgment and recommended that he should be removed from the magistracy. As a result, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice have removed Mr Mavaza from the magistracy.’  (http://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/documents/Magistrate_Mr_Masimba_Mavaza_-_OJC_Investigation_Statement_0111.pdf).

 

The Vigil is not an asylum organisation but it advises supporters pursuing asylum cases to use only legal advisors recommended by our friends, the Zimbabwe Association, a registered charity which has long experience in this field. For their contact details see ‘Refugee Information’ in the left hand menu on the front page of our website.

 

Talking about legal affairs, we notice that the wife of Nottingham GP Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro is happy to splash out money on lawyers in an attempt to muzzle the media about Dr Nyatsuro’s attempt to take over a farm in Zimbabwe which was bought in the 1980s by a Zimbabwean citizen Philip Rankin. We notice that a report on the siege of the farm by Mrs Nyatsuro and her thugs has been dropped from the website of the British Daily Telegraph. However the article is available on our website, see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/732-british-doctor-with-links-to-robert-mugabe-seizes-white-farm--oct-14-2015. The British Times newspaper also published the story. It still appears on their website but with the disclaimer: ‘This article is the subject of a legal complaint from Mrs Veronica Nyatsuro’.

 

Despite the Nyatsuros’ legal threats, which many of our supporters have experienced, we would like to let them know that we will be outside their clinic again on Friday 13th November to inform Dr Nyatsuro’s patents of his appalling greed as a British citizen in seeking to dispossess a Zimbabwean citizen of his legally bought farm when the GP has no apparent intention himself of going there to work the land.

 

Other points

·       At the Vigil today we marked eight months since the abduction by state intelligence agents of the Harare human rights activist Itai Dzamara. Sister Bev Mutadiro led prayers for him and remembered particularly his wife and children.

·       Wednesday 11th November marks the 50th anniversary of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Smith colonial government in Rhodesia. They were afraid of blacks eventually taking power so broke their links with Britain. Rose and Dennis Benton, who helped start the Vigil and have attended ever since were close observers of these events. Dennis explains in an article on the Vigil campaigns page why they became involved in the Vigil. See Apologia UDI: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/731-50th-anniversary-of-udi.

·       Thanks to Humphrey Dube and Emmaculate Tshuma for arriving early to help set up.

 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

FOR THE RECORD: 29 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Nottingham Demonstration against racist Zimbabwean doctor. Friday 13th November from 12 noon – 3 pm. Venue: outside The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1RJ.

·       ROHR National Southern Region Fundraiser. Saturday 14th November from 6 – 11 pm. Venue:  As Asia, 227 High Street, Slough, West Berkshire SL1 1BN. Theme: African / Western ‘Dress To Kill’. Tickets:   £25 per adult, free entry for children under 5 years. Hosted by ROHR Slough Branch. Contact: Patricia Masamba (07708 116625) and Fungisai Mupandira (07758 958803).

·       The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

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

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 6th December from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark nine months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

 
Confusion Award – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 24th October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 November 2015 10:50

China’s award of the Confusion Prize to Mugabe will be welcomed by all right-minded Zimbabweans – and, indeed, by our friends around the world. At last the confused leader is getting the recognition he deserves.

 

The Chinese peace prize was started as an alternative to the Nobel peace prize because the Bejing authorities were annoyed when it was awarded to the imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Previous winners of the Chinese peace prize include Russia’s President Putin, who is busy waging war against the Ukraine and bombing Syrian opponents of dictator Assad.

 

The award comes at the right time for Mugabe. It brings in some money which will help the family’s struggling milk industry, which apparently has run into ‘liquidity’ problems. In short, some people have been milking him. Mugabe spoke of mismanagement and ‘thievery’ and has sacked his general manager. ‘Nobody can tell us where the money is’, he complained. ‘We have hired auditors from Ernst & Young and what they are unearthing is shocking’.

 

The Zimbabwe Independent says Mugabe suggested that ‘corruption was rife because of society’s failure to mould upright citizens’. Sounds like sour milk (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_mugabes-dairy-struggles-under-a-us20m-debt-the-zimbabwe-independent/).

 

But Mugabe shouldn’t be too downcast. Zimbabwe is on course for an economic renaissance according to Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha. ‘New dawn for Zim Industries’ declares The Herald, which quotes the minister as saying ‘Industries in Zimbabwe are beginning to show embryonic signs of firm recovery’ (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/new-dawn-for-zim-industries/).

 

The Vigil recently gave a warm welcome to Mr Bimha when he led a delegation of Zimbabwean fraudsters on a mission to gull investors here. We think Mugabe cannot rely on any prediction by him.

 

Other points

·       At the Vigil we discussed our planned protest in Nottingham on Tuesday against the Zimbabwean GP, Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, now a British citizen having lived here more than ten years, who is trying to take over a farm in Zimbabwe. We will stand outside his clinic demanding to know why a British citizen should think he is entitled to a free farm in starving Zimbabwe, taking it from a Zimbabwean citizen who paid for it, especially as Dr Nyatsuro doesn’t live in Zimbabwe and is not a farmer.

·       We are sorry to see that, after 11 years, the Zimbabwean is to stop producing a print edition. Zimbabweans owe a great debt to editor Wilf Mbanga and his wife Trish for their long struggle on behalf of the ‘voiceless’. We have been encouraged that The Zimbabwean has carried our diary all these years and are glad that it will continue online.

·       Thanks to Barbara Kachidza and Fungayi Mabhunu who arrived early to help set up. Thanks also to Livert Zhuwao and Virginia Mutyambizi who looked after the front table throughout 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: 30 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Nottingham Demonstration against racist Zimbabwean doctor. Tuesday 27th October from 12 noon – 3 pm. Venue: outside The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1RJ.

·       ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 31st October 2015 from 12 noon – 2 pm. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.Contact: Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Esther Nyambi 07446210391, Mavis Chisvo 07944612944.

·       ROHR Middlesbrough branch general meeting. Saturday 31st October from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Teesside University Student Centre, Clarendon Building, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA. For more information please contact Angeline Huni (Chairperson) on 07871367239 Levinia S Ncube (Secretary) 07404772407, Ndumiso Ncube (Organising Secretary) 07532080247.

·       The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

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

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 7th November at 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th November from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a ten 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 an optician. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 7th November from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eight months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       ROHR National Southern Region Fundraiser. Saturday 14th November from 6 – 11 pm. Venue:  As Asia, 227 High Street, Slough, West Berkshire SL1 1BN. Theme: African / Western ‘Dress To Kill’. Tickets:   £25 per adult, free entry for children under 5 years. Hosted by ROHR Slough Branch. Contact: Patricia Masamba (07708 116625) and Fungisai Mupandira (07758 958803)

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

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UK demand for expulsion of Zim doctor – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 31st October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:13

The attempt by a British GP to seize a farm in Zimbabwe was condemned by Ephraim Tapa, founder member of the Zimbabwe Vigil and President of its sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR). Ephraim was speaking after some 50 Zimbabwean exiles and supporters demonstrated during the week outside the clinic in Nottingham run by Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro who has been in the UK more than 10 years and has been given British citizenship. The activists displayed posters reading: ‘Down with farm looter Dr Nyatsuro’, ‘No to  Mugabe supporters in UK', 'Dr Nyatsuro: Closet racist' and 'Stop farm looting in Zimbabwe'.

 

Ephraim accused Dr Nyatsuro of hypocrisy in trying to grab a farm from a white Zimbabwean farmer. In an interview with Voice of America he said that Dr Nyatsuro’s British citizenship must be revoked. ‘You can’t have it both ways. No to cronyism and no to tourism farming.’ Ephraim said the demonstrators would be back again unless Dr Nyatsuro dropped his attempt to steal the farm (see: http://www.voazimbabwe.com/content/zimbabweans-protest-over-doctors-attempt-to-take-over-white-farmers-land/3026371.html). Ephraim was also video-interviewed at the demonstration by Sally Mutseyami (see: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-jNDrZYdjg2Q2FYekdhT2ZKLWc/view?ts=563245a3).

 

Dr Nyatsuro’s wife Veronica, who is related to Grace Mugabe, is the clinic’s practice manager and angrily ordered one of the protesters off her property when he started handing out leaflets. She didn’t seem to have much grasp of property rights as he was on the pavement. He advised her to call the police which she did. Unfortunately for her the police didn’t support her effort to claim ownership of the pavement.

 

The demonstrator put up the following notice outside the entrance to the clinic: ‘Dr Nyatsuro: I am a white indigenous British citizen. Leave this clinic within 24 hours because I want it. I am not a doctor but you are not a farmer. Ask your relative Mugabe for compensation.’

 

The day before the demonstration someone calling herself Margaret Magwedi and sounding very much like Mrs Nyatsuro had phoned the people listed in the media release publicising the demonstration. She said she was from an organisation called ‘the Zimbabwe pressure group’ and wanted to attend the demonstration but was phoning us to advise that it was illegal and that the white farmer involved had gone to court and withdrawn his allegations and apologised.

 

A voice message from her reads: I want to check what legal background do we have? Mr Rankin withdrew the allegations that he is locked up in the house and can’t get his medication and that people had come again. He has withdrawn those allegations from the high court and agreed to lying and paying the court costs. If we demonstrate it will be defamation of character of an innocent person. Not saying you shouldn’t do it but I just want you to look into that and speak to Mr Rankin and find out exactly what’s happening because you don’t want to be used to do something you shouldn’t be doing. And also might need to talk to the lawyers representing Mr Rankin. They will tell you there is no information. Because everyone now is shivering because they are being sued left right for defamation of character. The allegations were not true they were false. You might need to talk to your people – not saying you shouldn’t do it but try to find more information.’

 

We checked with people in Zimbabwe involved and these comments were exposed immediately as lies. The civil rights campaigner Ben Freeth responded by email: ‘Well done with all you are doing.  I think you just need to tell the Nyatsuros that all they need to do is withdraw their thugs and allow Phil Rankin to farm.  All Phil wishes is to be left in peace to farm. In a similar situation some time ago an American doctor with Zim roots tried to take De Rus farm in Chegutu.  Her practice in the States suffered terribly at the outcry - until she withdrew any claim to the farm and completely backed off. All the very best for tomorrow!’  After further checks Ben emailed: ‘They had a bad morning this morning with the Nyatsoro’s paid thugs getting very abusive.  There are about 15 or so of them.   All Phil wants is to farm in peace.  Presumably all the Nyatsoros want to do is do their slimming in peace too?’ (The clinic runs a slimming programme.)

 

After the protest Deidre Rankin communicated with our Facebook page as follows:

·       Deidre Rankin: How did the protest go today. Seems various other tactics are now being used to get the farm... Plse speak to Ben for updates. Keep up the good work . . . and thank you.

·       Zimbabwe Vigil: Hi Deidre. We just posted a demo report on the page wall. If you need any more info, please let us know. Will be sure to speak to Ben about any updates.

·       Deidre Rankin: TATENDA to you all. Our family really appreciates your support against blatant racism in our beloved Zimbabwe.

·       Zimbabwe Vigil: Thanks Deidre. Very happy to support you and your family.

·       Deidre Rankin: You have been wonderful. The thugs are still there and really partied last night. But we are hopeful that the matter will be resolved somehow. I believe a journalist received threatening calls about defamation as some of you also did. Thanks again.

 

The incident confirms the Vigil’s fears that Zanu PF has become emboldened by the ease with which it can operate in the UK, where the Parliamentary leader of the popular Green Party, Caroline Lucas, is on record praising Mugabe.

 

The group we believe are working for Zanu PF to disrupt the Vigil were back again today. Known by our supporters as the Zanu Vigil we took some pictures of them and their expensive new car which can be seen on our flickr page labelled Zanu PF Disruption Vigil: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157660585079622. The photos of the actual Vigil can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157660199555610.

 

The disrupters haven’t bothered us recently but we suppose they are back because they have been infuriated by the wide publicity given to our Nottingham protest. We are writing to the police to distance ourselves from the aggressive way they importuned the public. The Zanu PF Vigil say they are planning a copycat demonstration at Dr Nyatsuro’s surgery in Nottingham – probably to reassure him of Zanu PF’s support. We ourselves will be back there on Friday 13th November if he hasn’t dropped his attempt to seize the farm by then.

 

Other Points

·       The Vigil was saddened to hear of the sudden death rof a good friend Barnabas Masvaure yesterday. He had been attending the Vigil for years. We were hoping to take a collection for his family but because of the Zanu disruption we were unable to do this. We will take a collection at our next Vigil.

·       Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Barbara Kachidza, Bernadety Gumbanjera, Catherine Musa, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Clemence Munyukwi, Emmaculate Tshuma, Ephraim Tapa, Eugenia Mushonga, Farai Gumbanjera, Fungayi Mabhunu, Grace Rukure, Mncedisi Ndlovu, Pearl Shambare and Sharon Moyo. Thanks to Sharon for looking after the front table throughout the Vigil. Thanks also to those who stayed to the end to help pack up: Catherine Musa, Chipo Kamhunga, Dennis Benton, Ephraim Tapa, Flemming Diza, Fungayi Mabhunu, Ishmael Makina, Jean Kawara, Jeremy Mupeti, Lipi Mhlope, Patricia Masamba, Rashiwe Bayisayi, Rose Benton and Sharon Moyo.

 

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:

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 7th November at 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th November from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a ten 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 an optician. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 7th November from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eight months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       Nottingham Demonstration against racist Zimbabwean doctor. Friday 13th November from 12 noon – 3 pm. Venue: outside The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1RJ.

·       ROHR National Southern Region Fundraiser. Saturday 14th November from 6 – 11 pm. Venue:  As Asia, 227 High Street, Slough, West Berkshire SL1 1BN. Theme: African / Western ‘Dress To Kill’. Tickets:   £25 per adult, free entry for children under 5 years. Hosted by ROHR Slough Branch. Contact: Patricia Masamba (07708 116625) and Fungisai Mupandira (07758 958803).

·       The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

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

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

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