The Power Struggle Unfolds – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th August 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 August 2011 15:19

 There was deep foreboding at the Vigil following what everyone here believes to be the assassination of Solomon Mujuru. An informal survey showed that Vigil supporters had followed the case closely and were not persuaded that the death could have been accidental. There were too many things that didn’t add up – and too many that did . . .  

The evidence of murder is compelling and amply documented elsewhere. The reason for it is less clear: here we are in the realms of murky speculation.  

Morgan Tsvangirai’s fulsome eulogy: his expression of ‘deep sorrow and grief’ at the ‘tragic loss of an icon’ and hope ‘may his dear soul rest in eternal peace’ appears to be a bit over the top for someone who had looted himself to the top of the tree (despite his genuine liberation credentials). 

Tsvangirai’s remarks may be taken as confirmation of a frustrated MDC strategy of co-operating with ‘moderate’ Zanu PF members to prevent a de facto military coup as Mugabe loses control. Vigil supporters fear further bloodletting is in prospect as hardline Zanu PF elements move to consolidate their hold on power and frustrate the GPA – despite the plaintive bleating of SADC.  

Other points
·         Despite all assurances from the weather forecasters, it poured down with rain when we set up and continued for a couple of hours. Thanks to those who were there at the beginning to help in very difficult circumstances: Richman Matinyadze, Robson Munhuashati, Luka Phiri and Josephine Zhuga.
Malawian exiles in the UK have asked for our help in staging a Vigil outside the Malawi High Commission. (see: – Malawians in UK to hold vigil at embassy). As Malawi hits hard times there are increasingly vocal demands for the repayment of a $20 million loan to Zimbabwe.  Not much chance of that we fear.   

For latest Vigil pictures check: Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website – they cannot be downloaded from the slideshow on the front page of the Zimvigil website.  

FOR THE RECORD: 86 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.
·         ZBN News. The Vigil management team wishes to make it clear that the Zimbabwe Vigil is not responsible for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News (ZBN News). We are happy that they attend our activities and provide television coverage but we have no control over them. All enquiries about ZBN News should be addressed to ZBN News.
·         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 Manchester Vigil. Saturday 27th August from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre (subject to change to Piccadilly Gardens). Contact; Delina Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353. Future demonstrations: 24th September, 29th October 26th November, 31st December. Same time and venue.
·         ROHR Woking General Meeting. Saturday 3rd September from 2 – 6 pm, Venue: Woking Homes, Oriental Road, Woking, GU22 7BE. Contact, Isaac Mudzamiri 07774044873, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113, Saziso Zulu 07861028280 or P.Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·         ROHR Manchester Meetings. Saturday 10th September (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 Mutyambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353. Future meetings:  8th October, 12th November, 10th December. Same times / 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.


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