Ukraine war hits Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 28th May 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2022 13:57

 

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President Mnangagwa’s Russian idol President Putin has done Zimbabwe no favours by invading neighbouring Ukraine. The unprovoked war has helped boost Zimbabwe’s inflation rate to 132% with sharp rises in the cost of imported food, fuel and fertilizer (see: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-26/currency-slump-132-inflation-no-cause-for-panic-in-zimbabwe).

 

The faraway war is also causing lost jobs. Elina Ncube, a former housekeeper at one of the prime lodges at Victoria Falls, now survives by getting up at 4 am to go to the municipal dump in the hope of scavenging food and anything to sell. She said: ‘The war in Ukraine has made the situation even more desperate because most of the tourists that booked at our lodge were from Russia and we were told that most of them had cancelled their bookings.’ (See: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/giantsclub/ukraine-conflict-economic-crisis-zimbabwe-b2087743.html.)

 

Zimbabwe’s financial crisis has not stopped Mnangagwa paying US$30,000 a flying hour for a luxury jet to take him to the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland. His spokesman, George Charamba, has said the President will continue to use hired private jets for his  trips until Air Zimbabwe has planes that are reliable enough to fly in! (See: https://news.pindula.co.zw/2022/05/26/president-mnangagwa-hires-us30-000-per-flying-hour-plane-to-davos/).

 

His attendance at Davos is waste of time and resources says the Fight Inequality Alliance, a network of Zimbabwean organisations seeking a fair distribution of resources. It said: ‘History tells us that Zimbabwe's participation at such forums will be driven by the need to attract foreign direct investment under the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra. What is however worrisome is the quality of investors we attract since we have had cases of multinational corporations violating the basic principles of business and human rights with impunity.’

 

It went on: ‘Furthermore, the World Economic Forum has proved to be a platform to consolidate financial and corporate power at the expense of the suffering masses worldwide. We therefore contend that Davos is yet another congregation of elites meant to share ideas and propose policies which favour the corporate world and maximise profits.’ (See: https://www.263chat.com/zimbabwes-participation-at-davos-summit-questioned/).

 

The Herald boasted of success at the summit and pictures showed a number of Zanu PF supporters greeting the President at Davos. Simba Mavaza, a Zanu PF ‘programme co-ordinator’ who is based in the UK said he was confident that Mnangagwa’s efforts to attract foreign investment would have tangible results – presumably enough to pay him and the other Zanu PF supporters (see: https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/6589461.html),

 

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition describes the Zanu PF regime as shameful saying that, through state-owned media, it was accusing them of attempting to destabilise the country and effect regime change. ‘The malicious allegations contained in the state’s propaganda pieces are but a desperate attempt to find a scapegoat for the ZANU PF government’s inability to run the country and its economy,’ it said. (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/shameful-crisis-in-zimbabwe-coalition-says-in-damning-response-to-zanu-pf-onslaught/.)

 

Other points

  • The Masvingo Mirror says Zanu PF supporters have been brought in by school bus at night to get the documents needed to vote. They have their pictures taken and get birth certificates and IDs and are added to the voters’ roll. CCC Vice President Tendai Biti said bringing in government workers at night and in secrecy was illegal (see: https://masvingomirror.com/zanu-pf-buses-supporters-to-get-ids-at-night/).
  • We will be joined at next week’s Vigil (4th June) by members of Twoco Woja, Women of Justice Arise. They are campaigning for Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Vice-President Constantine Chiwenga who they say has been abused by her husband during their divorce case.
  • Our virtual Vigil activists today were Enniah Dube, Charles Mararirakwenda and Esther  Munyira who all kindly contributed to Vigil funds. See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720299336621 for today’s photos.
  • For Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Events and Notices:

  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 4th June from 2 – 5 pm. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.
  • ROHR Fundraising Walk for a Free, Fair and Credible Election in Zimbabwe. Saturday 18th June. ROHR UK chapter will embark on a 13-mile sponsored walk staring at Leytonstone at 9 am and ending at the Vigil, to raise funds for voter registration mobilisation and education to ensure all eligible citizens exercise their right to vote without fear or manipulation.
  • Next ROHR Meeting. Saturday 2nd July at 11 am.
  • 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. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe’s work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Facebook pages :

Vigil : https ://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

         ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/

         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 
Zanu PF threatens terror – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st May 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 May 2022 15:14

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Zanu PF’s strategy to win next year’s general election, despite the government’s abject failure to fix the economy and save the poor from starving, has been exposed by the paranoid ravings of the party’s Secretary for Finance, Patrick Chinamasa.

 

Basically he warned that Zanu PF would not leave office without bringing the whole country down with them. Chinamasa bluntly claimed that voting for the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change would bring war and instability to the country. He said the CCC leader Nelson Chamisa and deputy Tendai Biti were working for the American Central Intelligence Agency which, he claimed, was preparing to establish a military base in Zimbabwe.

 

Chamisa and Biti and all the USA sponsored NGOs USA sponsored so-called Civil Society Organizations, USA sponsored so-called Human Rights Organizations and USA sponsored Social Media Trolls are the USA Change Agents and force multipliers to remove Liberation Movement Parties from power so as to establish AFRICOM Military Bases on our African Continent and in our SADC region and country, the objective being to establish neocolonial states which are amenable to exploitation.’ (See: https://news.pindula.co.zw/2022/05/16/voting-for-ccc-will-bring-war-instability-to-zimbabwe-says-chinamasa/.)

 

The Zimbabwe Peace Project blames Zanu PF for the majority of human rights violations. In a report titled ‘The Wall’ it speaks of Zanu PF torture camps being set up in rural areas to crush dissent. It says Zanu PF supporters were hounding people they suspected of supporting the CCC in the 26th March by-elections.

 

Zanu PF’s director of information Tafadzwa Mugwadi dismissed the report, saying ‘We don’t respond to lies deliberately cooked by desperate donor-driven outfits led by laptop activists such as Jestina Mukoko. Who needs schooling on what ZPP and its scandalous activists stand for in Zimbabwe’s political market? Zanu PF actually holds ZPP and Jestina Mukoko responsible for the sporadic needless orgies of violence that she hatches working with paid opposition activists targeting security officers, government buildings, businesses and individual citizens.’ He concluded: ‘Zanu PF as an organisation is a party of peace-loving doves.’ (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/05/zpp-report-exposes-zanu-pf-violence/.)

 

The European Union doesn’t seem convinced that Zanu PF are peace-loving doves judging by Friday’s remarks by the head of the EU electoral mission, Elmar Brok. Speaking to the Voice of America, he said Zimbabwe must amend its electoral laws so that all parties have a chance a winning at the polls. Brok spoke of the need for a level playing field, with impartiality of the media, equal treatment of the parties, a proper voters’ registration and transparency to give the election credibility (see: https://www.voanews.com/a/eu-calls-for-zimbabwe-to-implement-electoral-reforms-ahead-of-2023-polls-/6582152.html).

 

Other points

 

Events and Notices:

  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 4th June from 2 – 5 pm. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.
  • ROHR Fundraising Walk for a Free, Fair and Credible Election in Zimbabwe. Saturday 18th June. ROHR UK chapter will embark on a 13-mile sponsored walk staring at Leytonstone and ending at the Vigil, to raise funds for voter registration mobilisation and education to ensure all eligible citizens exercise their right to vote without fear or manipulation.
  • Next ROHR Meeting. Saturday 2nd July at 11 am.
  • 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. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe’s work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Facebook pages :

Vigil : https ://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

         ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/

         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 
Body of Rwandan genocidaire found in Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th May 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 May 2022 12:07

 

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It comes as no surprise that the grave of the world’s most wanted fugitive has been found in Zimbabwe, whose Zanu PF government is a notorious friend of tyrants from Gaddafi of Libya to Putin of Russia.

 

The body of Protais Mpiranya, the former commander of the Rwandan presidential guard, was discovered under a stone slab in the overgrown Granville Cemetery on the southern outskirts of Harare. The slab carried a false name but the body was exhumed at the request of UN investigators and his identity confirmed by DNA analysis on Tuesday.

 

Serge Brammertz, the UN chief prosecutor who led the hunt, said Mpiranya was the last of the major fugitives and finding his body ‘provides the solace of knowing that he cannot cause further harm’.

 

Mpiranya, who was in charge of the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of members of Rwanda’s minority Tutsi clan, died in Harare in October 2006 of a heart attack brought on by tuberculosis, at the age of 50. He had been living in Zimbabwe under a false identity, despite the Mugabe government’s insistence that he was not in the country.

 

The UN investigation found he had arrived on a Zimbabwean military aircraft and had frequent meetings with the Mugabe regime. He was a valued ally from the second Congo war of 1998 – 2003 (see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/12/twenty-year-search-for-rwanda-genocide-suspect-ends-in-zimbabwe-grave).

 

Another notorious fugitive from justice is believed to be still living in Zimbabwe. He is Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, the former leader of Ethiopia, whose administration is estimated to have killed about half a million people including the last emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie.

 

Mengistu fled the country in 1991 and was given a residence permit by Mugabe, who apparently refused a request to extradite him even though he had been convicted of genocide (see: https://www.dw.com/en/quest-to-extradite-ethiopias-dictator-mengistu-as-mugabe-departs/a-41719005).

 

Both Mugabe and his successor President Mnangagwa have themselves been accused of genocide for the massacre of thousands of minority Ndebeles in the 1980s. It remains an open sore in Zimbabwe with the government refusing to acknowledge its guilt.

 

Other points

 

Events and Notices:

  • Next ROHR Meeting. Saturday 21st May at 11 am. Contacts: Margaret Munenge, Joyce Mbairatsunga and Simbarashe Jingo.
  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 21st May from 2 – 5 pm. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.
  • ROHR Fundraising Walk. Saturday 18th June. More information as plans develop.
  • 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. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe’s work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Facebook pages :

Vigil : https ://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

         ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/

         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 
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