Stormy weather ahead – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 16th July 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 July 2011 14:36

As we prepared for a threatened downpour, Vigil supporters’ spirits were buoyed by the no-nonsense remarks of President Zuma’s international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu. Commenting on Mugabe’s renewed insistence on elections this year. Ms Zulu made it clear they were out of the question. A poll could be held only after all the provisions in the GPA and the election roadmap were fulfilled. (see: – No elections this year - South Africa tells Robert Mugabe.)

The South Africans are clearly not taken in by the politburo’s argument that the so-called ‘timelines’ leading up to elections are too long – given the common knowledge that it is Zanu PF itself that has constantly worked to delay them. Well, the Vigil is confident that Zanu PF’s fantasy will be punctured by the SADC summit in Angola next month, which is likely to coincide with the launch of a programme to expel many hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans from South Africa.  

People at the Vigil wondered whether this is part of a co-ordinated plan to swamp Zimbabwe with returnees. We say this because there are clear indications that the UK is preparing to send back failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers. A number of our supporters say they have recently received letters from the Home Office refusing their asylum claims. One person was given a date by which she had to be out of the country. 

Could the aim be to boost the anti-Zanu PF forces in the run up to the elections?  What a difference a million angry Zimbabweans from South Africa and the UK would make . . . As for the threatened downpour at the Vigil, we managed to avoid the worst of it with our tarpaulin strung between the four maple trees outside the Embassy. Headman Mahlangu, with Olympian prowess, put up a cat’s cradle of string while balanced on a drum. This is the first time we have had to put up the tarpaulin since Westminster Council unaccountably removed our two handsome lampposts which carried the burden of the tarpaulin.  

Other points
·         We enjoyed reading Vigil supporter Clifford Mashiri’s article demolishing Jonathan Moyo. He lists some of Moyo’s botched projects: Jingles – which backfired as research later showed they are counterproductive; Anti-sanctions campaign – is terminally ill and abandoned for being too problematic; Indigenisation – backfired when parliament found it to be unconstitutional; even the promise to pay for the shares is unconvincing and too risky when the state is failing to pay 75 000 ghost workers a living wage; Insisting on second opinion on ghost workers – backfired because the Auditor General also confirmed there are over 10,000 ghost workers on the civil service payroll; Using over a thousand Chibondo skeletons – backfired, because of outraging public morals and opening Pandora’s box as some of the dead bodies had fluids suggesting they did not die 30 years ago during Ian Smith’s regime; Hate speech especially against President Zuma and SADC – backfired, as Zanu-pf had to embark on fence-mending diplomacy to nearly all regional leaders; Resisting a diamond audit, backfired as it showed there was something to hide; Threatening the ‘the looming danger”  a military coup – backfired when some in Zanu-pf distanced themselves from the cowardly act; Elections now or in 2016 – proving unrealistic without constitution and voters roll; (For full story see: – Is Jonathan Moyo regretting his anti Mugabe stance?)
·         Thanks to Hellena Gusinyu for her generous gift of paper and pens for the Vigil. 

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FOR THE RECORD: 76 signed the register.  

·The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation 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.
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·The Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) has launched its theme song ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’ to raise awareness through music. To download this single, visit: and to watch the video check:
·ROHR North East (Newcastle) general meeting. Saturday 23th July from 12 – 3.30 pm. Venue: Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead NE8 9SJ. 3 mins walk from the Gateshead Interchange. Contact: Susan Ndlovu 07767024586, Sharon Masocha 07751610298, Collin Matongo 07775987006, Rugare Chifungo (Coordinator) 07795070609.
·ROHR Manchester Vigil. Saturday 30th July from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre (subject to change to Piccadilly Gardens). Contact; Delina Tafadzwa Mutuambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353. Future demonstrations: 27th August, 24th September, 29th October 26th November, 31st December. Same time and venue.
·ROHR Wolverhampton general meeting. Saturday 30th July from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Heath Town Community Centre, 208 Chevril Rise, Wolverhampton WV10 0HP. ROHR National Executive and a well-known lawyer present. Contact:Tsvakai Marambi 07915065171, Flora Nyahuma 07501843253, Rumbi Mudyanadzo 07867844699, P Chibanguza 0798406069 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·ROHR Nottingham general meeting. Saturday 30th July from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: St Saviour Community Hall, Arkwright Walk, Nottingham NG2 2JU. The church is just a few minutes’ walk from the train station. ROHR National Executive members will be attending to discuss the abuse of human rights and political situation in Zimbabwe. Contact: Allan Nhemhara 07810197576, Raymond C Chisuko 07832927609. Mary Chabvamuperu 07412074928, Christopher Chimbumu 07775888205, P Chibanguza 07908406069 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070. 
·ROHR Woking Summer fundraising barbeque. Saturday 6th August from 2 pm till late. Venue: The Old Ford, Lynchford Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot GU12 5QA. Everyone is invited – come and enjoy a fun-filled day out.  Braai, sadza, rice, chicken, salads, cakes, snacks, drinks. Games for children including karaoke. Boot sale, auction and raffle with amazing prizes. Contact: Stanford Munetsi 07584161806, Pauline Nyikadzino 07906726477, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113 and Jermaine Volkwyn 07908522993.
·ROHR Ipswich launch meeting. Saturday 6th August from 2 – 5.30 pm. Venue Citizens Advice Bureau, Tower Street, Ipswich IP1 3BE. ROHR National Executive and a well-known lawyer present. Contact:  Dhumisani B Muchipisi 07432722907, Lovemore Muzadzi 07552560184, R Chifungo 07795070609, P Chibanguza 0798406069 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·ROHR Manchester Meetings. Saturday 13th August (committee meeting from 11 am – 1 pm, general meeting from 2 – 5 pm). Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester M13 9UB.  Contact; Delina Tafadzwa Mutuambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353. Future meetings: 10th September, 8th October, 12th November, 10th December. Same times and venue.
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·‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email confirmation of your order and postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA. All proceeds go to the Budiriro Trust which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe.
·Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust ( Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part.


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