Expel British farm looter – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 17th October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 October 2015 12:24

The Zimbabwe Vigil has called on the British authorities to take action against a UK doctor who is attempting to seize a farm in Zimbabwe. It is the latest incident in which Zimbabwean exiles given refuge in the UK have revealed the hypocrisy evidenced in the growth of Zanu PF activities in Britain.

 

Here is a letter we are sending to the Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group of the National Health Service:

 

Dear Commissioning Group

 

We wish to inform you of the lawless attempt being made by a Nottingham GP to seize a farm in Zimbabwe.

 

Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro of the Willows Medical Centre in Church Street, Carlton, and his wife Veronica, apparently the practice manager, visited the farm near Harare last month and ordered out the owner Philip Rankin. Dr Nyatsuro claimed that the Zimbabwean authorities had told him he could have the farm, even though he had been resident in England for the past 13 years. (Dr Nyatsuro is reported to be related to President Mugabe’s wife Grace.) See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/11930068/British-doctor-with-links-to-Robert- -seizes-white-farm.html.

 

Mr Rankin has since then been besieged in his farmhouse, threatening the ruin of his tobacco crop worth up to £240,000. He obtained a High Court order on 12th October banning the invaders from the property but the following day Mrs Nyatsuro was back with a busload of reinforcements, in defiance of the High Court.

 

Mr Rankin bought the farm after Independence with the consent of the Mugabe authorities but since then they have encouraged the takeover of white-owned farms without compensation. This has led to the collapse of agriculture and growing poverty. The UK and the US have recently pledged £30 million in new food relief but this will still leave widespread hunger.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil urges the Commissioning Group to investigate this matter and take appropriate action. We understand that Dr Nyatsuro came to the UK in 2003 when the farm seizures were at their height and has become a British citizen.

 

We are sending copies of this to the General Medical Council and the Department of Health as well as the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

When the Vigil sends a copy of this letter to the Home Office we will also tell them that we wish to withdraw our support for the asylum application of one individual. We will explain that since our support letter was written two years ago it has become clear that this person does not share our aims.

 

Other points

·       The letter about Dr Nyatsuro was approved at a meeting of the Zimbabwe Action Forum held after the Vigil. Speakers expressed disgust at his hypocrisy and wondered what his patients thought of his racism. It was decided that we would give them a chance to have their say by holding a demonstration at his clinic. One suggestion was that the doctor should be asked what his attitude would be if his clinic was seized by an ‘indigenous’ British person connected to the governing Conservative party at a day’s notice without compensation (he would be allowed to take his stethoscope away with him). Details of the demonstration will follow in the next few days.

·       Thanks to Edna Mdoka and Fungayi Mabhunu who came early to help set up. Thanks also to the ROHR Reading branch which held its meeting ahead of the Vigil at a venue near to the Embassy so they could support us today. Shylette Chipangura and Deborah Harry of the Reading branch brought delicious food which was sold to fundraise for ROHR.

 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

FOR THE RECORD: 34 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Nottingham Demonstration against racist Zimbabwean doctor. Details to be advised.

·       ROHR Middlesbrough branch general meeting. Saturday 31st October from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Teesside University Student Centre, Clarendon Building, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA. For more information please contact Angeline Huni (Chairperson) on 07871367239 Levinia S Ncube (Secretary) 07404772407, Ndumiso Ncube (Organising Secretary) 07532080247.

·       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 http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 31st October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 7th November at 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 7th November from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a ten 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 sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and an optician. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 7th November from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark eight months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       ROHR National Southern Region Fundraiser. Saturday 14th November from 6 – 11 pm. Venue:  As Asia, 227 High Street, Slough, West Berkshire SL1 1BN. Theme: African / Western ‘Dress To Kill’. Tickets:   £25 per adult, free entry for children under 5 years. Hosted by ROHR Slough Branch. Contact: Patricia Masamba (07708 116625) and Fungisai Mupandira (07758 958803)

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

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

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

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

 
Khama save Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 10th October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:14

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To mark the Vigil’s 13th anniversary we launched a new petition warning the world that the situation in Zimbabwe is on a knife-edge because of threats by the army to wield ‘the Zanu PF axe’ against Mugabe’s opponents.

 

The petition reads:

 

To the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), President Ian Khama of Botswana

 

We wish to alert you to alarming threats by the military in Zimbabwe to employ violence against people opposed to the Zanu PF regime. The threats come amid worsening splits in the party and rising popular outrage at the demolition of the homes of the poor and the imposition of pre-paid water meters for an unreliable supply.

 

The Commander of the Presidential Guard Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe has threatened force to stop ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru from opposing Mugabe. He told his troops ‘Professionalism is over . . . Zanu PF should rule forever’. The national army commander Lieutenant-General Phillip Sibanda later warned that ‘the Zanu PF axe’ could be wielded again.

 

You will be aware that Zimbabwe has recently been judged the worst governed country in SADC. Bad governance has destroyed the economy, reducing people to desperation while the ruling elite drive past in their luxury cars from their mansions to the expensive restaurants.

 

There is growing resentment. Provocative moves by the military could cause an explosion of anger. We call on SADC to prepare to intervene to stop a meltdown.

 

It was good to see old friends turning up for our anniversary, which coincided with our monthly demonstration over the disappearance of the civil rights activist Itai Dzamara who was abducted by intelligence agents seven months ago and has not been heard of since.

 

We were sorry to see that about ten Zimbabweans saw fit to hold their own ‘vigil’ outside the Embassy at the same time as us. They drummed in discord with us – a sad example of how Zimbabweans can’t seem to work together.

 

We had pointed out to them that there are 168 hours in the week and for 13 years we have been taking a mere 4 hours of these to mount our protest. If they want to hold their own there is plenty of time for it. Our view is that if you are not for us you are for Zanu PF. Our supporter Esther Nyambi has written an article looking at why the breakaway group is behaving like this which can be found on our campaigns page: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/724-lets-not-forget-who-our-enemy-is.

 

Thanks to Fungayi Mabhunu for donning our Mugabe mask to be pictured standing in front of the ‘anti-vigil’ holdng a poster ‘thanks to Zanu PF Vigil for your support’.

 

Other points

·       Thanks to Cephas Maswoswa and Mercy Chapepa who both turned up with magnificent cakes to mark our anniversary.

·       The Vigil suspects that increased efforts to destabilise us may be prompted by the growing visibility in Zimbabwe of our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR). As we reported last week ROHR has launched structures in all 10 Zimbabwe provinces. Reports on these launches can now be found on our campaigns page: Check: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/723-launch-of-rohr-provinces-in-zimbabwe.  ROHR Matabeleland South reports that the planned demo in Gwanda against pre-paid water meters did not take place: ‘on 7th (October) we travelled to Gwanda for a demo which never happened because the chairman of the residents’ association was deceived. He was called by the police and council officials who claimed there was a letter from the minister stating that the situation was under control and the town would have its water – hence the demo was cancelled. Later the other members were called and the council offered their car which went around the town telling the residents about the cancellation of the demo. However we agreed that ROHR will meet with other civic organisations and map the way forward. Gwanda has a big crisis – there is no water.’

·       Thanks to Esther Nyambi, Sally Mutseyami, Humphrey Dube, Lipi Mhlope, Virginia Mutyambisi, Sharon Moyo, Joseph Chivayo, Jonathan Kariwoh and Fungayi Mabhunu for arriving early to help set up. Thanks also as always to Sister Bev Mutandiro for her prayers for the Vigil on its 13th anniversary and for her advice.

·       We liked this response to an article on newzimbabwe.com about the government ordering the police, army and big mining companies to make power cuts:  ‘Minister, give each war vet, green bomber and chief a bicycle with a dynamo. Remove the back wheel and attach to the main grid. Have them spin for 6 hours a day and you'll have all the power you need. Pay them a dollar a day and there's your 2 million jobs. Tax the income too. They ain't doing anything right now.’

 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

FOR THE RECORD: 50 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 17th October from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a ten 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 sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and an optician. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       ROHR Reading branch general meeting. Saturday 17th October 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see above. Contact: Nicodimus Muganhu.

·       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 http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 17th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 7th November from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark seven months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 7th November at 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see above.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

·       ROHR National Southern Region Fundraising, hosted by ROHR Slough Branch. Saturday 14th November

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

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

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

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

 
Mugabe’s prosperity gospel – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 3rd October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2015 13:40

Nowadays Zimbabwe gets little news coverage abroad – understandable, given that most stories from Zimbabwe are about poverty, unemployment and fractious politics. This is hardly hot news.

 

Every now and again a Zimbabwe story strikes a rich chord abroad, the shooting of Cecil the lion being a good example. However, the death of Cecil didn’t really say much about Zimbabwe as he was well past his prime anyway.

 

Now a Zimbabwe website News24Zim has come up with a story that says something important about Zimbabwe (and neighbouring countries). It has been given splash treatment in the mass circulation Daily Mail here in the UK.

 

The story taps into one of the few thriving industries in Zimbabwe – the prosperity prophet phenomenon. The prophet involved this time is Malawi-born Shepherd Bushiri who claims to have a private jet so private that nobody can see it and to be able to walk on air (presumably when he is not using his private jet).

 

The Zimbabwe website’s video about the miraculous ‘walking in the air’ has gone viral after being uploaded to Youtube, to the delight of Bushiri’s devoted followers. But the Mail, along with others, points to the unexplained shadow of someone apparently helping to support the floating prophet (see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3256188/Zimbabwe-prophet-s-attempt-prove-walk-air-falls-flat.html).  

 

It’s easy to laugh at the hoax, reminiscent of the famous ‘diesel from the rocks’ incident a decade ago, but the Vigil believes it helps explain the superstitious support for false prophet Mugabe and his creed of ‘believe in me: I can perform miracles’.

 

Mugabe certainly has a faithful disciple in his nephew Indigenisation Minister Patrick Zhuwao. At a time when Finance Minister Chinamamsa is desperately trying to raise money abroad, Zhuwao says Zimbabwe doesn’t need foreign direct investment: Mugabe is enough. Zanu PF’s election manifesto must be implemented in full, he said. There must be no change in the indigenisation law and furthermore no job cuts.

 

Like Bushiri’s credulous followers, Zhuwao believes his prophet is infallible and will lead us to the promised land, whatever the evidence to the contrary.

 

Other points

·       We were pleased that supporters turned up in force at the Vigil. Many said how shocked they were to read about the attempted disruption last week and they came to express their support.

·       A meeting of the Zimbabwe Action Forum after the Vigil heard that our sister organization the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe had now, with the addition of Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North, set up structures in all ten provinces (see: http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/launch-rohr-matabeleland-south-province-1st-october-2015/ and http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/launch-rohr-matabeleland-north-province-2nd-october-2015/).  The meeting decided to prepare a new petition expressing alarm at the increased talk of violence in Zimbabwe. The petition will be launched on 10th October to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the Vigil.

·       The Vigil has been asked by our supporter Joseph Chivayo to draw attention to worries about the immigration bill now before the UK Parliament. It is to be debated on 13th October and Joseph suggests that people who want to comment on it should contact their MP (see: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:C3fMzjDKxLQJ:cityofsanctuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Second-Reading-Briefing-29-Sept.docx+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk).

·       Thanks to Rashiwe Bayisayi, Virginia Mutyambizi, Humphrey Dube, Benjamin Chigamba, Collin Chitekwe and Fungayi Mabhunu for arriving early to help set up. Happy birthday to drummer Tanatswa Moyo who turned three last week.

 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

FOR THE RECORD: 45 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Zimbabwe Vigil’s 13th Anniversary and monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 10th October from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. The protest is to mark seven months since Dzamara’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       ROHR Slough branch outreach and general meeting. Saturday 10th October. Outreach from 10 am – 12 pm followed by general meeting from 12.30 – 2.30 pm. Venue: Upton Lea Community Hall, Wexham Road, Slough SL2 5JW.   For further information contact Patricia Masamba (Chair) 07708116625, Fungisai Mupandira (Organising Secretary) 07758958803.

·       ROHR Reading branch general meeting. Saturday 17th October 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see below. Contact: Nicodimus Muganhu 07877386792.

·       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 http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 17th October from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a ten 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 sign at street level. It's between a newsagent and an optician. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 17th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can meeting. Saturday 7th November at 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see above.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds monthly meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

·       Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2014 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/642-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2014. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2014 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:

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

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

ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

·       SW Radio Africa’s website and sound archive is being hosted on www.archive.org. Go to the site and type in swradioafrica which will link you to snapshots of their site over the years and at the top of that page a link to their website where, under podcasts, you will find the audio.

 
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