No good GNUs – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 6th July 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 07 July 2013 15:45

Someone defined stupidity as doing the same thing again and expecting a different result. The reverse could also be true: intelligence could be defined as doing the same thing and expecting the same result. On this basis the MDCs are stupid and Zanu PF intelligent.


Since it’s now obvious that the elections have already been thoroughly rigged and that none of the long-promised reforms will be implemented, the Vigil could challenge Tsvangirai and Ncube to honour their threats to boycott the elections. But it is clear to the Vigil that there is no chance they will do this.


Are they stupid? Not necessarily. But their IQs would be seriously questioned if they agreed to join a new government of national unity doing the bidding of a Zanu PF returned to power by the reliable old chicanery.


The Vigil has never been persuaded by the argument that the opposition had no alternative but to join the government of national unity after the last stolen elections. We believe it was a stupid thing to do and that it has prolonged the agony of Zimbabwe.


The Vigil hopes the MDCs will show intelligence this time and work to restore their tattered reputation by forming a real opposition to the rotting carcass that is Zanu PF.


They can surely count on the support of the South African government which will not forget being humiliated by Mugabe. South Africa has been quietly assuring the West that SADC can deliver free and fair elections in Zimbabwe and now stands to lose its last shreds of credibility as a murderous, looting, thuggish mafia entrenches itself in Harare – hopefully without MDC support . . . (see: – South Africans hit back Mugabe insults).


Other points

·         A low turnout despite the wonderful weather. Perhaps it was too hot! But thanks to Charles Dumisani Ndlovu, Egenia Mushonga, Shylette Chipangura, Louisa Musaerenge and Nkosihani Tshabangu who were there at the start to help set up the Vigil.

·         We are informed by Baba Jukwa that Mugabe plans to augment the Vigil by his presence next week.

·         As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago the publishers Chatto & Windus have given us several copies of the book ‘We need new names’ by NoViolet Bulawayo. We’ve asked supporters to review it and here is the first one by Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton: After 11 years of our fight against human rights abuse in Zimbabwe, I was often in tears reading this harrowing but compelling book: the devastation of Murambatsvina, father going to find work in South Africa and returning in the last throes of AIDS, political opposition brutally murdered, 11 year old girl raped and impregnated by her grandfather, hungry children raiding for guavas then stealing the shoes from a hanged woman to buy bread, the hope of the 2008 election dashed, the insensitive and patronizing visit of an NGO lorry. Then escape to the dream country – the USA: the fight for papers, the demands for money from home, backbreaking hard work, years of living under the radar as an illegal, the sense of alienation, the loss of culture.’

·         Further to our report on the showing of the film ‘Beatrice Mtetwa and the rule of law’ in London here is a link to an interview she did with the London paper the Evening Standard;


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FOR THE RECORD: 24 signed the register.



·         ROHR Slough branch meeting. Saturday 13th July from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road SL1 5JW. Contact: Grace Nyaumwe 07850 284 506, Patricia Masamba 07708 116 625.

·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 20th July from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·         ROHR North East Region Zimbabwe Day Fundraising Event. Saturday 27th July from 1 – 8 pm. Venue: Benton Community Centre, 17 Edenbridge Crescent, Benton, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE12 8EP. Food, drink & entertainment. Contact Givemore Chitengu 07912747744, Kennedy Makonese 07979914429, Tapiwa Semwayo 07412236229, Collet Dube 07951516566. 

         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link:  Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 Highlights page.

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

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