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Divine Grace – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 25th July 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 July 2015 10:09

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With her magical spiritual powers (full marks to Zimbabwe’s top university for spotting this so quickly) Amai Grace Mugabe PhD miraculously manifested herself at the Vigil in London to mark her 50th birthday.

 

Asked how she had transported herself here while simultaneously gracing a glittering dinner / dance at her Borrowdale Brook mansion, the First Lady simply pointed to the full-colour advertisement sponsored by Air Zimbabwe in a 14-page birthday supplement in the Herald. We understood immediately what she meant as we all know that the bankrupt airline is capable of miracles or it would have stopped flapping its wings a long time ago.

 

State-owned organisations and government ministries paid megabucks to advertise their praise of the philanthropy of the ‘mother of the nation’. They included Hwange Colliery, which has not paid its workers’ salaries  for years, the Premier Service Medical Aid Society, which can’t pay providers. And the Zimbabwe National Water Authority, which declared Amai to be ‘Our Saving Grace’. Its advertisement said ‘Like water on parched ground, you give life to everything you touch’ – something it has signally failed to do itself.

 

But the tribute that mattered most was from the University of Zimbabwe which last year awarded her a doctorate after a few weeks’ study. The University said: ‘Your Excellency, the university admires your tremendous skills of intellectual intelligence, spiritual intelligence and emotional intelligency, including empathy, compassion, love and grace.’

 

The Vigil apologised to Dr Grace for our failure to match the lavish hospitality of the Borrowdale Brook shindig where guests stumped up $2,000 each to enjoy unlimited food and drink on the house ‘including expensive whiskeys and wines’. 

 

Dr Amai Grace Mugabe PhD graciously accepted our apologies, saying she understood the straitened circumstances of the exploited Zimbabwean bottom wipers in the UK. And with a typically generous gift of a 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars, she ascended majestically into the sky to be teleported by Air Zimbabwe back to the more comfortable environment of Borrowdale Brook.

 

Other points

·       Thanks to Deborah Harry for donning our Mugabe mask to play Amai Grace (or am I not) in her impressive academic gown.

·       Lazarus Matiyenga caused much amusement with his declamation: ‘Ndinotenda mese mawungana, kubva kucentral committee, maprovince, women’s league vakuru vedu kusanganisa maservice chiefs edu nemi imi veyouth league. Tatenda zvikuru nekuwungana kwamaita mukupembera zuva guru ranhasi raamai, kusvitsa makore makumi mashanu. Tino daira mwari vanoramba vachiti chengeta tigokwanisa kucherechedza zvakare, this 25th movement mugore rinowuya neachatevera zvekare ndatenda.’

·       The Vigil is sorry to hear from our friends in Itai Dzamara’s Occupy Africa Unity Square movement that – instead of investigating his abduction – the authorities are arresting their members.

·       Our supporter Martin Chinyanga is calling for a protest for Dzamara and against the second Murambatsvina outside the Embassy at 10,30 on Friday 7th August. Please join him if you can. The Vigil will be observing 5 months since Itai Dzamara was abducted on Saturday 8th August.

·       Thanks to those who came early to help: Patricia Masamba, Henrietta Mlambo, Pearl Shambare, Netsayi Elizabeth, Madzadzavara and Charity Jere. Thanks to Patricia, Henrietta and Esther Nyambi for looking after the front table. Thanks also to Nqobizitha Moyo for his gift of useful stationery for 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: 51 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Exiled Writers Ink – ‘Sounds of Africa’. Monday 3rd August at 7.30 pm. Venue: Poetry Place, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.  Featuring Zimbabwean writers Bart Wolffe and Blessing Mamvura and will be hosted by Handsen Chikowore. Tickets £5 or £3 for asylum seekers.

·       Itai Dzamara and Second Murambatsvina Protest. Friday 7th August at 10.30 am outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.

·       Vigil’s Itai Dzamara Protest. Saturday 8th August from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark 5 months since Dzamara’s abduction by the CIO.

·       ROHR Reading branch hosts the Afro Cultural Fundraiser Southern Region. Saturday 8th August from 1 – 11 pm. Venue: Pakistan Community Centre, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA.  Theme: Afro cultural event interacting with other people from all corners of the world. We will be donating food purchased through our fundraising to local foodbanks. The Mayor of Reading will attend as well as other local leaders, performing groups from different parts of Africa and a well-known DJ. Prizes: tablet, digital camera, gift vouchers and many more. African food. For further information contact: Charles D Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07888310582, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792, Deborah Harry 07748723974 and Shylette Chipangura 07828929806.

·       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 8th August from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 29th August July at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Date of next meeting to be advised. 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: 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.co/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·       SW Radio Africa’s website and sound archive is being hosted on www.archive.org. Go to the site and type in swradioafrica which will link you to snapshots of their site over the years and at the top of that page a link to their website where, under podcasts, you will find the audio.

 
Countdown to jubilation – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 18th July 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 July 2015 14:09

Suddenly Zimbabwe is back in the news. Having spent the last thirteen years trying vainly to persuade the world to pay attention to the unfolding agony of Zimbabwe, the Vigil is naturally pleased at the attention Zimbabwe is now attracting – though, frankly, we are at a loss to explain it.

 

We thought the big news of the week was the remarkable volte-face by Vice-President Mnangagwa who, on a visit to China, admitted that Zanu PF had completely screwed up and would have to rethink everything. Zimbabwe, he told Chinese television, would have to ‘bite the bullet’ and reform, admitting that the country was nearly two decades behind other countries in most respects.

 

Mnangagwa said Zanu PF realised it had to create an attractive investment environment and this was only part of a ‘massive reform process’. He said: You cannot say there are areas of our economy which we are happy with: infrastructure we are behind by 15-16 years, agricultural development the same, manufacturing, in fact capacity utilisation in some areas of our industry it is down to 20%, so again we have to retool by acquiring new technology and machinery so that we are competitive.’ (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/07/15/zim-has-lost-20-yrs-mnangagwa/).

 

Whether Mnangagwa will be able to see through a reform agenda is doubtful. Opposition MDC MP Eddie Cross cites the ‘link between politics and business’ that he says is holding back the Zimbabwean economy: ‘The Chief Executive of an organisation made an appointment to see the Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa this week. He was told to come to the office at 08.30hrs and was there on time. When he got into the office the person through whom he had made the appointment asked him if he had brought “the envelope”. The CEO said no and that he was not going to pay to see the Vice President. He waited two hours and a Secretary told him to go downstairs and see someone who would get him into the VP – he walked down and when he got there he decided that enough is enough and he just kept going.’ (see: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/zimbabwe-at-the-heart-of-the-rot).

 

But what has propelled Zimbabwe up the news agenda is not the nitty-gritty of Zimbabwean politics but the human drama: who is going to take over from Mugabe. The question is discussed in an article in the UK Times today by the Zimbabwean journalist Jan Raath, who believes Mnangagwa will take over but adds ‘The whole laboriously constructed succession scheme, however, could be blown away in hours. The day Mugabe dies, the entire nation may well be enveloped in an explosion of jubilation.’ (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4501358.ece).

 

For its part, the UK Guardian devotes a lot of space to the political prospects of renowned scholar Dr Grace (see: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/15/dont-mess-with-grace-mugabe-she-could-be-next-president-zimbabwe).

 

In a comprehensive article in Newsweek, the American international news magazine, the Zimbabwean journalist Graham Boynton says ‘I have just spent a month travelling around Zimbabwe and, from the wilderness areas, through the rural communities, and in the major cities, the phrase that prefaces almost every conversation is "When the Old Man goes..." It will be a defining moment for the new Zimbabwe. But right now the Old Zimbabwe is clinging on by its fingertips. It is a situation that alarms David Coltart, a former Cabinet minister in the now defunct Government of National Unity (GNU). He says that since independence from white minority rule in 1980 "we have never had a situation where you've got weapons under the control of so many different entities – ZANU is fragmented, the army is fragmented, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) is fragmented, the police are fragmented – and there is a leadership vacuum. As a country, as a people, we are at our lowest ebb.’            (See: http://europe.newsweek.com/inside-mugabes-zimbabwe-tyrant-totters-towards-decrepitude-his-country-slides-into-famine-3302120).

 

Against the backdrop of the power struggle in Zanu PF comes news that Zimbabwe is the second poorest country in the world, cheated of last place by the equally well-endowed Democratic Republic of Congo (see: http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-23697-Zim+now+poorest+country+in+the+world/news.aspx). Meanwhile, at the Vigil talk was about the vendors at home and the explosive situation that we do not think that even the new ‘reformed’ Mnangagwa realises he faces. The message we get from our relatives and friends is that if people lose their livelihoods they have nothing else to lose.  

 

Other points

·       Exiled Writers’ Ink is holding an event entitled ‘Sounds of Africa’ on Monday 3rd August at 7.30 pm. This will feature Zimbabwean writers Bart Wolffe and Blessing Mamvura and will be hosted by Handsen Chikowore who came to the Vigil to tell us about the event. For details see ‘Events and Notices’.

·       Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Humphrey Dube, Fungisai Mupandira, Helen Rukambiro, Fungayi Mabhunu, Mavis Mutanga, Morella Gertrude Nhau, John Burke, Esther Nyambi, Ben Semwayo, Bridget Mupotsa, Euliter Mutami, Sally Mutseyami and Nobukhosi Moyo. Thanks also to Esther and Helen 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: 50 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       ROHR Southampton branch participates in community event. Saturday 25th July from 12 noon – 6 pm. Venue: Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh SO50 9LH. ROHR Southampton invites supporters to join them as branch members participate in a community event to encourage participation in grass roots sports and arts. For further enquiries contact: Sally Mutseyami (Chairperson) on 07448730581, Grace Rukure (Secretary) on 07462103397 and Edward Mukuze (Info & Publicity Officer) on 07463975108.

·       ROHR Birmingham branch general members meeting. Saturday 25th July from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: 111-119 Bishop Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6JL. For more info contact Chairperson: Thandiwe Gwarimba 07503 512308, Vice Chair: Tino Mashonganyika 07463 272078, Organising Secretary: JaneMary Mapfumo 07412 310429.

·       ROHR Reading branch hosts the Afro Cultural Fundraiser Southern Region. Saturday 8th August from 1 – 11 pm. Venue: Pakistan Community Centre, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA.  Theme: Afro cultural event interacting with other people from all corners of the world. We will be donating food purchased through our fundraising to local foodbanks. The Mayor of Reading will attend as well as other local leaders, performing groups from different parts of Africa and a well-known DJ. Prizes: tablet, digital camera, gift vouchers and many more. African food. For further information contact: Charles D Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07888310582, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792, Deborah Harry 07748723974 and Shylette Chipangura 07828929806.

·       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 meeting. Saturday 25th July at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

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

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 25th July from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Exiled Writers Ink – ‘Sounds of Africa’. Monday 3rd August at 7.30 pm. Venue: Poetry Place, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.  Featuring Zimbabwean writers Bart Wolffe and Blessing Mamvura and will be hosted by Handsen Chikowore. Tickets £5 or £3 for asylum seekers.

·       Vigil’s Itai Dzamara Protest. Saturday 8th August from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark 5 months since Dzamara’s abduction by the CIO.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Date of next meeting to be advised. 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: 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.co/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·       SW Radio Africa’s website and sound archive is being hosted on www.archive.org. Go to the site and type in swradioafrica which will link you to snapshots of their site over the years and at the top of that page a link to their website where, under podcasts, you will find the audio.

 
Mugabe murdered Dzamara – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 11th July 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:03

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Exiled Zimbabweans and friends demonstrated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London to mark 4 months since the abduction of the civil rights activist Itai Dzamara. A letter accusing Mugabe of Itai’s murder was pushed under the front door of the Embassy by Patricia Masamba and Danny Kadiki. The letter read:

 

Mr Mugabe

 

We hope this letter finds you at home.

 

Given the failure of your regime to account for the fate of human rights activist Itai Dzamara, we have no hesitation in accusing you of responsibility for his murder.

 

The facts are clear. Mr Dzamara was abducted on 9th March from a barbershop in Glen View, Harare, by obvious agents of the Central Intelligence Organisation in their usual vehicles with obscured number plates. He has not been seen again.

 

In the face of the subsequent international outcry, a court ordered that the police search for him and make regular reports on their progress.

 

Predictably, there has been no search and certainly no progress. Every policeman in Zimbabwe knows what happened to brave Itai Dzamara. Like those of so many others, his remains will not be found – not at least until there is a change of government.

 

We call on you to step down from office and allow the truth to emerge of what happened to a man murdered for calling on you to step down.

 

From the Zimbabwe Vigil

 

Everyone at the demonstration signed the letter.

 

The Vigil was joined for the demonstration by Tendai Kwari, head of the UK Chapter of Itai Dzamara’s Occupy Africa Unity Square group, who spoke of the need for all opposition groups to come together to work for change. He recalled Itai saying that he didn’t want to form a political party but wanted a people’s movement.

 

During the demonstration, Tendai received a message from Itai’s brother Patson, who encouraged us in our protest and reported on a prayer meeting for Itai in Harare earlier in the day.

 

Tendai appealed to the Zanu PF regime to release Itai’s body to the family. ‘We want his soul to be at rest’, he said. ‘His children need to know where he is. Only then can his wife move forward.’

 

Vigil founder member and President of ROHR Ephraim Tapa announced that the Vigil would mark Itai’s abduction every month on the nearest Saturday to the 9th of the month until his family’s demands were satisfied.

 

Other points

·       Our new petition to the International Criminal Court announced last week was launched today and was signed by many passers-by. It reads: ‘Zimbabweans driven into exile by genocidal tyrant Robert Mugabe, and our friends visiting the Zimbabwe Vigil, call for Mugabe’s arraignment before the International Criminal Court in the Hague to answer for his crimes. Despite Mugabe’s responsibility for the Gukuruhundi massacre of some 20,000 Ndebele people in the 1980s (he acknowledged ‘a moment of madness’), his destruction of the homes and livelihoods of a million urban opposition supporters in the bulldozing Murambatsvina of 2005 and his Zanu PF’s rigging of all elections, Mugabe has been chosen as Chairman of the African Union. He used this position to enable President al Bashir of Sudan to flee an AU Summit meeting in South Africa in June after a court there ordered his arrest to answer an indictment by the International Criminal Court for genocide in the Darfur region.’

·       The Vigil was interested to note that government ministries in Harare are soon to be required to report weekly on the implementation of ZimAsset – the latest of what the Herald describes as ‘many brilliant economic blueprints’. The paper adds that this will allow the President to take early action if necessary to put the programme ‘back on curse (sic)’ (see: http://allafrica.com/stories/201507080322.html Zimbabwe: Zim-Asset Weekly Diaries Progressive).  Zanu PF’s latest ‘brilliant’ move to further impoverish the poor was shown graphically in pictures of the burning of vendors’ clothing bales in Harare (see: http://nehandaradio.com/2015/07/10/vendors-clothing-bales-burnt-in-early-morning-raid/).

 

·       Thanks to the large number of supporters who arrived early to help set up: Yvonne Bonde, Patricia Masamba, Winnie Festo. Eunice Mucherechedzo, Esther Nyambyi, Virginia Mutyambizi, Manuel Moyo, Maria Tanyanyiwa, Grace Rukure, Mavis Mutanga, Danny Kadiki, Nobukhosi Moyo, Euliter Mutami, John Burke, Ephraim Tapa, Fungayi Mabhunu and young Chenelle. Thanks also to Eunice and Esther for looking after the front table and to Patricia for getting people to sign the letter to Mugabe. Thanks to Cephas Moswoswa for bringing biscuits for everyone.

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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: 65 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 18th July 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 Reading branch general meeting and outreach. Saturday 18th July. Outreach awareness campaign on the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe from 11 am – 1.30 pm on Broad Street followed by a general members’ meeting from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Reading International Solidarity Centre, 35 – 39 London Street, Reading RG1 3PS.  For further information contact: Charles D Ndlovu 07413879590, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792, Andrew Benyure 07847386599 and Shylette Chipangura 07828929806

     ROHR Leicester branch fundraising barbecue. Saturday 18th July 2015 from 3 – 10 pm. Venue: 14 Trevose Gardens, Leicester, LE5 2RJ. Time: 2pm -5pm. For more information and tickets (£10 including meat pack) please contact Linton Magume 07577555683 and Moline Magume 07961250525.

·       ROHR Southampton branch celebrates cultural fusion. Sunday 19th July 2015 from 11 am – 6 pm. Venue: Leigh Road, Recreation Ground, Eastleigh SO50 9DE. ROHR Southampton cordially invites supporters to join them as branch members participate in Eastleigh Mela 2015: Celebrating Cultural Fusion with Guest of Honour Sally Taylor, BBC South Today. For further enquiries contact: Sally Mutseyami (Chairperson) on 07448730581, Grace Rukure (Secretary) on 07462103397 and Edward Mukuze (Info & Publicity Officer) on 07463975108.

·       ROHR Southampton branch participates in community event. Saturday 25th July 2015 from 12 noon – 6 pm. Venue: Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh SO50 9LH. ROHR Southampton invites supporters to join them as branch members participate in community event to encourage participation in grass roots sports and arts. For further enquiries contact: Sally Mutseyami (Chairperson) on 07448730581, Grace Rukure (Secretary) on 07462103397 and Edward Mukuze (Info & Publicity Officer) on 07463975108.

·       ROHR Reading branch hosts the Afro Cultural Fundraiser Southern Region. Saturday 8th August from 1 – 11 pm. Venue: Pakistan Community Centre, London Road, Reading RG1 3PA.  Theme: Afro cultural event interacting with other people from all corners of the world. We will be donating food purchased through our fundraising to local foodbanks. The Mayor of Reading will attend as well as other local leaders, performing groups from different parts of Africa and a well-known DJ. Prizes: tablet, digital camera, gift vouchers and many more. African food. For further information contact: Charles D Ndlovu 07413879590, Eric Eluwasi 07888310582, Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792, Deborah Harry 07748723974 and Shylette Chipangura 07828929806.

·       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 meeting. Saturday 25th July at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

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

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 25th July from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Vigil’s Itai Dzamara Protest. Saturday 8th August from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark 5 months since Dzamara’s abduction by the CIO.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Date of next meeting (dependent on availability of venue) to be advised. 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: 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.co/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·       SW Radio Africa’s website and sound archive is being hosted on www.archive.org. Go to the site and type in swradioafrica which will link you to snapshots of their site over the years and at the top of that page a link to their website where, under podcasts, you will find the audio.

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Geriatric Genocidaire – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 4th July 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 July 2015 14:10

The Vigil has launched a petition calling for the arraignment of Mugabe before the International Criminal Court. We know he will be protected by his Security Council friends in Beijing and Moscow but we wish to focus attention on the evidence for the prosecution because Africa continues to honour this geriatric genocidaire.

 

Here is the new petition: ‘Zimbabweans driven into exile by genocidal tyrant Robert Mugabe, and our friends visiting the Zimbabwe Vigil, call for Mugabe’s arraignment before the International Criminal Court in the Hague to answer for his crimes. Despite Mugabe’s responsibility for the Gukuruhundi massacre of some 20,000 Ndebele people in the 1980s (he acknowledged ‘a moment of madness’), his destruction of the homes and livelihoods of a million urban opposition supporters in the bulldozing Murambatsvina of 2005 and his Zanu PF’s rigging of all elections, Mugabe has been chosen as Chairman of the African Union. He used this position to enable President al Bashir of Sudan to flee an AU Summit meeting in South Africa in June after a court there ordered his arrest to answer an indictment by the International Criminal Court for genocide in the Darfur region.’

 

The evidence against Mugabe over Gukuruhundi and Murambatsvina is indisputable, as is his responsibility for the violent farm invasions and the consequent loss of hundreds of thousands of rural jobs and the destruction of the economy.

 

As we reported earlier, the Zimbabwean economist and opposition MP Eddie Cross recently looked at the population statistics and concluded that, even allowing for mass emigration, the population is some 10 million people short of what would have been expected by the historic growth trend. They are the fruits of misgovernance: starvation, disease and poverty. Is this not genocide? (See: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/694-big-issues-zimbabwe-vigil-diary-13th-june-2015).

 

Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti has no doubt about where to lay the blame. He says: ‘If left to continue, the current situation will lead to cannibalism where human beings will resort to eating human flesh. Most of the deaths being witnessed in the country are either due to starvation or stress related ailments like high blood pressure, hypertension and heart attack, because of the economic, political and social decay we are witnessing’ (see: http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-23520-Stressed+Zim+on+verge+of+cannibalism,+Biti/news.aspx).

 

Other Points

·       The petition was approved at a meeting after the Vigil of the Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF), which also discussed arrangements for our demonstration next Saturday to mark 4 months since Itai Dzamara’s abduction by the CIO. We are pleased that, since we set the date for the demonstration, other organisations in Zimbabwe and abroad have decided also to mark the occasion next Saturday. We will be joined by Tendai Kwari of UK branch of Occupy Africa Unity Square. We plan to deliver a letter to the Embassy demanding an explanation of what has happened to our friend Itai. We asked our supporters to bring their own posters.

·       With the general election behind us, the ZAF meeting discussed reviving the ROHR campaign of contacting MPs in connection with having a parliamentary debate on Zimbabwe. We are asking everyone to write to their MP about this. Check our campaigns page for how to find your MP and sample letters: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/659-letters-to-mps-re-parliamentary-debate.

·       The meeting was irritated by Grace Mugabe’s ill-informed comments about diasporans (see: Grace taunts Diasporans: you will be deported – http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2015/07/grace-taunts-diasporans-you-will-be.html). As the vice-presidents will confirm, if she’ a doctor of anything it is of witchcraft.

·       Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Vuyana Mthimkhulu, Mncedisi Ndhlovu, Chrispen Ndlovu, Edson Mutero, Morella Nhau, Eva Sanyahokwe and Fungayi Mabhunu. Thanks also to Helen Rukambiro and Bridget Mupotsa 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: 51 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Vigil’s Itai Dzamara Protest. Saturday 11th July from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark 4 months since Dzamara’s abduction by the CIO.

·       ROHR Slough Branch general meeting. Saturday 11th July from 11 am – 1 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road, Slough SL2 5JW.   For further information contact Patricia Masamba (Chair) 07708116625, Fungisai Mupandira (Organising Secretary) 07758958803.

·       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 11th July from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 25th July at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

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

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Date of next meeting (dependent on availability of venue) to be advised. 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: 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.co/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·       SW Radio Africa’s website and sound archive is being hosted on www.archive.org. Go to the site and type in swradioafrica which will link you to snapshots of their site over the years and at the top of that page a link to their website where, under podcasts, you will find the audio.

 
No to Mugabe’s poison – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 27th June 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 June 2015 19:20

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The Zimbabwean diaspora turned out in force to present a petition to the Prime Minister’s official residence on Saturday disowning racist comments by Robert Mugabe. The petition read: ‘Exiled Zimbabweans, supporters and friends, at the Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London, record our disgust at the anti-white rants of Zimbabwe’s illegitimate President Mugabe. We wish to affirm our unwavering support of Zimbabwe’s constitutional requirement for non-racism.’

 

We had not taken into account a big Gay Pride march which also converged on Whitehall and we had to battle down a route jam-packed with gaily-dressed people.

 

Five Zimbabweans were allowed into 10 Downing Street to hand over the petition, which was launched at the Vigil a few weeks ago after Mugabe – speaking about the latest xenophobic violence in South Africa – said Africans should direct their anger at whites rather than fellow blacks. As he put it: ‘I give poison not for you to swallow but to give to someone else . . .’ The remarks were made during a visit to SADC Headquarters in Botswana and were greeted with applause from the staff (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_sa-needs-another-liberation-president-the-herald/ – SA needs another liberation: President).

 

The petition had been signed by hundreds of people from all over the world who stopped by the Saturday Vigil in the past few weeks. Here is the letter we addressed to Mr Cameron to explain the petition:

 

‘Zimbabwean exiles in the UK wish to disown racist comments by our country’s illegitimate ruler Robert Mugabe, the current Chair of both the Southern African Development Community and the African Union.

 

On a recent visit to the SADC headquarters in Botswana Mugabe referred to the latest xenophobic violence in South Africa and said Africans should direct their anger at whites rather than fellow blacks.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil and our associates Zimbabwe Yes We Can and the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe wish to assure you that Mugabe’s racist tirade does not represent the views of the Zimbabwean people. Indeed, his comment is an embarrassment to Zimbabweans forced by his misrule to seek the hospitality of other countries.

 

We take this opportunity to also repudiate Mugabe’s anti-Western tirade at the AU summit in Johannesburg this month in which he accused the West of fanning wars in Africa so that it can exploit the continent’s natural resources.

 

The Vigil believes that Mugabe should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court like Sudan’s President al Bashir who had to flee the AU summit after being threatened with arrest under an international warrant. Although Mugabe’s South African and other friends might refuse to arrest him, an indictment by the ICC would alleviate an intolerable burden on Zimbabwe’s finances by his incessant world travels.

 

You will no doubt be aware of the continuing human rights violations in Zimbabwe highlighted tragically by the abduction in March of the activist Itai Dzamara. According to the latest rule of law index, Zimbabwe is ranked 100 out of 102 countries (see: http://www.theindependent.co.zw/2015/06/19/zim-ranks-lowly-on-rule-of-law-index/ – Zim ranks lowly on rule of law index). No doubt the British taxpayer will be asked to help the millions of Zimbabweans facing starvation because of the ruinous policies of Mugabe who, we believe, is helped to survive by the European Union’s policy of appeasement.

 

It does not surprise us that a desperate refugee, apparently from Zimbabwe, has fallen from the sky to his death in London after an attempt to reach the safety of the UK by hiding in the undercarriage of an airliner from Johannesburg.

 

We respectfully submit the enclosed petition: ‘Exiled Zimbabweans, supporters and friends, at the Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London, record our disgust at the anti-white rants of Zimbabwe’s illegitimate President Mugabe. We wish to affirm our unwavering support of Zimbabwe’s constitutional requirement for non-racism.’

 

We enclose a report by the Mike Campbell Foundation on racial discrimination in Zimbabwe.’

 

Other points

·       The 41-page report on racial discrimination in Zimbabwe referred to in the letter to Mr Cameron can be seen on this link: http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/racial-discrimination-in-zimbabwe. The matter was drawn to the attention of the US Congress in an address this month by Ben Freeth, Mike Campbell’s son-in-law see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/697-ben-freeths-address-to-us-congress--2nd-june-2015). He recalled the racially-inspired Gukurahundi genocide of the early 1980s and went on to ask: ‘What is it that caused the fastest shrinking economy in the recorded history of the world in a peace time situation?’

·       Vigil supporters danced, drummed and sang across the road from 10 Downing Street while our 5 petitioners went in to Downing Street to deliver the petition. They were: Mary Muteyerwa, Epiphania Phiri, Catherine Masinge, lazarus Matiyenga and Nobukhosi Moyo. Special thanks to Tryness Ncube and Ephraim Tapa and others who stayed behind to take care of the Vigil while the majority went to Downing Street.

·       Also thanks to Hilda Gwesele, Roda Majoni, Deborah Harry, and Danny Kadiki for fundraising for 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: 63 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 4th July from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and 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.

·       ROHR Executive Meeting: Saturday 4th July at 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see above.

·       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.

·       Vigil’s Itai Dzamara Protest. Saturday 11th July from 2 – 6 pm. The protest is to mark 4 months since Dzamara’s abduction by the CIO.

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 11th July from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 25th July at 12 noon. Venue: The Theodore Bullfrog, 26-30 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HL.

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

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

·       SW Radio Africa’s website and sound archive is being hosted on www.archive.org. Go to the site and type in swradioafrica which will link you to snapshots of their site over the years and at the top of that page a link to their website where, under podcasts, you will find the audio.

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