Zimbabweans present petition to 10 Downing Street Print
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Friday, 20 April 2012 17:26

MEDIA NOTICE – 19th April 2012


Exiled Zimbabweans are marking the 32nd anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence by presenting a petition to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to ensure that elections threatened this year are supervised by the UN.


A letter accompanying the petition thanks David Cameron for his recent promise to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to help Zimbabwe hold free and fair elections


The petition reads: ‘We call on the Security Council to ensure that the next elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair. We look to the United Nations to supervise the electoral process and the handover of power to a new government and believe peace-keeping troops will need to be in place before, during and after the polling.’


The petition has been signed in the past two years by more than 12,000 people from all over the world who have passed by the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been held outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past 10 years in protest at human rights abuses.


The Vigil fears that President Mugabe will illegally call elections before reforms have been made and again bludgeon his way back to power.


Before the petition is handed over, the Vigil and supporters of Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change will demonstrate outside the South African High Commission to urge President Zuma to force Mugabe to adopt the promised reforms.


Date:                    Saturday 21st  April  from 2 – 6 pm

Venues:              Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2

                            South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square

                            10 Downing Street SW1

Timetable:           2 pm – meet outside the Zimbabwe Embassy

                            2.45 – move to the South African High Commission

                            3 pm – speeches and activities outside South Africa House

                            3.45 – move to 10 Downing Street

                            4.15 – Vigil petition handed in to 10 Downing Street

4.30 – return to the Vigil at the Zimbabwe Embassy  

Contacts:            Rose Benton 07970 996 003 / 07932 193 467, Fungayi Mabhunu 07746 552 597