Vigil Diary 18-10-08 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 October 2008 00:00

Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 18 th October 2008

The Vigil's petition to the EU has drawn much interest at a time when SADC has been asked to break the political deadlock. The petition calls on the EU to suspend government-to-government aid to SADC countries because of their dereliction over Zimbabwe . We have even had a detailed enquiry from a Malawian journalist.

There was little confidence at the Vigil that the SADC security troika of Swaziland , Angola and Mozambique would suddenly change their allegiance and stand up to Mugabe.

We were joined by a Zimbabwean journalist based in South Africa who said he'd been inspired by our petition to research the possibility of sueing SADC. The organisation has already admitted it acted too hastily in recognising the Mugabe regime after elections SADC's own observers said were seriously flawed.

People at the Vigil felt that pressure must be maintained on SADC until it suspends Zimbabwe 's membership and denies the Mugabe regime visas and freezes their bank accounts.

Everyone was feeling pretty low because of the sad developments at home. But we are encouraged by messages saying that we must keep going and how people look to the Vigil as a beacon of hope. Talking about beacons of hope, we were pleased to be invited to address a Caribbean group in London . This is a first. Until now the Caribbean community has been unwilling to face the reality of what Mugabe has done.

There were a number of good things today.

•  Jenatry, our exuberant dancer and singer and general inspiration, has had his police tag taken off. The judge asked if he was a Zimbabwean and said ‘Of course you shouldn't be tagged'.

•  Sine Biba, a Vigil founder member, has decided that we should all learn Ndebele and is going to give free lessons at the Vigil.

•  Thanks to Eunita Masolo who was so good at engaging people passing by, handing them our leaflets and explaining why we were here.

•  Caroline from Devon reports that she has sold 500 of the Vigil hessian bags and has ordered more. She has sent one to the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who has taken a great interest in Zimbabwe .

Last week journalist Jeremy Kuper was with us. He interviewed several supporters and his piece is on Guardian online. Check this link:

FOR THE RECORD : 124 signed the register


•  Central London Zimbabwe Forum. Monday, 20 th October, at 7.30 pm. Trudy Stevenson , Secretary for Policy and Research of Mutambara MDC, will update the forum about the elections, the appointment of the Speaker and the ongoing power sharing talks. Venue: Downstairs at the Bell and Compass, 9-11 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NA, next to Charing Cross Station at the corner of Villiers Street and John Adam Street.

•  Next Glasgow Vigil . Saturday 25 th October 2008 , 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Argyle Street Precinct. For more information contact: Patrick Dzimba, 07990 724 137.

•  ROHR meeeting in Wolverhampton. Saturday, 25 th October 2008, 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Arrow, 182 Chervil Rise, Heath Town, Wolverhampton WV10 0HR. Contact details: Colleen Maredza on 07733 394 648, Joana Zhira on 07845 896 347 and Paradzai Mapfumo 07932 216 070 or 07533 831 617.

•  ROHR meeeting in Manchester. Saturday, 1 st December 2008, 12.00 – 4.00 pm. Venue: A fewe Pub, Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5TR. For information call Moses Nyagotsi on 07778 547 971 or Paadzai Mapfumo 07932 216 070 or 07533 831 617.

•  ROHR meeeting in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sunday, 2 nd December 2008, 12.00 – 4.00 pm. Venue: Chervron Community Centre, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE4 2HQ. For information call T Musariri on 07765 055 095, T Mauwa 07832 354 304 or P Mapfumo 07533 831 617 or 07932 216 070.

•  Zimbabwe Association's Women's Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: T he Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street , London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park . For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).


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