Chamisa confident of election victory – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 16th April 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 April 2022 14:16

 

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The leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change, Nelson Chamisa, says the fog has cleared and the party’s success in the recent by-elections had shown that it can win the 2023 election and form the next government of Zimbabwe.

 

Chamisa said the new party’s success came despite ‘state-sponsored machinations’. The CCC had won 19 out of the 28 parliamentary seats at stake and 75 of the 120 contested seats in local authorities. ‘We won against all the odds, including very controversial conduct and blatant partisanship by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’.

 

He added that the voter turnout had been poor and it was critical that, to defeat authoritarianism, people must vote in large numbers. ‘I was pleased to see that we fielded polling agents at all polling centres and that communities rallied around them, providing food and comfort during those many long hours keeping an eye on the process.’

 

Chamisa appealed to every eligible person to register to vote, particularly young people who should take advantage of the opportunity now available to get national identity cards. ‘It is your future that is at stake, but right now it is being decided by older generations’. (See: https://www.zimeye.net/2022/04/13/chamisa-the-fog-has-cleared-in-zimbabwe-full-text/.)

 

Meanwhile, NewZimbabwe says secret talks are underway between Chamisa and President Mnangagwa over a possible coalition.  Quoting ‘highly placed’ sources in Zanu PF, the government and intelligence services, it says under discussion is the formation of a seven-year government of national unity.

 

NewZimbabwe says that, according to the sources, both Mnangagwa and Chamisa are keen to avoid next year’s general election. Mnangagwa has a legitimacy problem and the intelligence services apparently do not give him a good chance of winning the election with the economy in bad shape. For his part, Chamisa is said to fear that, although he may win the election, he may be blocked by the security services (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/exclusive-mnangagwa-chamisa-in-secretive-gnu-talks/).

 

The need for a change of government in Zimbabwe is underlined by the plight of the angry villagers in Maramba-Pfungwe who are complaining about the failure to rehabilitate roads in the area. It is a traditionally Zanu PF stronghold but local MP Tichaona Karimazondo said that, despite state claims, it had been many years since the roads were given any attention. The chairman of a parliamentary committee Oscar Gorerino admitted after visiting the area that government officials had given false reports on progress. Certainly, local people are quick to talk of corruption (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/04/zanu-pf-supporters-blasts-government-over-lies/).

 

Against this, one piece of good news is that the Auditor-General Mildred Chiri has reversed a decision to stop naming those accused of involvement in corruption. The Auditor-General was threatened with legal action by some of the accused but Chiri now says that people who do business with the government should realise that they are exposing themselves to public scrutiny. Her reports have exposed massive corruption (see: https://thestandard.newsday.co.zw/2022/04/17/auditor-general-to-name-and-shame-corrupt-bigwigs/).

 

Other points

  • The Vigil met outside the Embassy today and marked the 42nd anniversary of Zimbabwe Independence. Our posters read: 42 years of Zimbabwe Independence, 42 years of hell under the Zanu PF regime, 42 years of suffering for the people of Zimbabwe, 42 years of corruption, 42 years of misgovernance, 42 years of economic mismanagement and 42 years of human rights abuses by Zanu PF.
  • For the moment we are meeting on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. There will be a virtual Vigil on the other Saturdays. Thanks to those who came on a day when travel was really difficult, with train cancellations and massive traffic jams: Enniah Dube, Delice Gavazah, Babula Gwatiringa, Thandi Mabodoko, Philip Maponga, Rosemary Maponga, Amina Matewele, Margaet Munenge, Gladys Muduve, Ephraim Tapa and Rose Benton. For photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720298162504.
  • 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 7th 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.
  • 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

 
Echoes of 2008 – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 9th April 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 April 2022 16:37

 

 

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About the only democratic thing Zanu PF observes in our constitution is the regularity of elections. Young people today will be coming to next year’s polls with little memory of Zimbabwe’s last real election in 2008.

 

In those long-gone days Zanu PF were taken by surprise when their blatant election rigging was challenged. They had grown too complacent and assumed everything would be fixed as usual.

 

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai stood up to them and the resultant carnage wreaked by Zanu PF was too much even for normally compliant SADC, which forced the creation of a coalition government.

 

Although the coalition government of 2008 managed in a few short years to turn around the failed economy, Tsvangirai allowed himself to be manipulated by Mugabe and walked into the death trap of the 2013 elections. The fiasco of the next election of 2018 inevitably followed.

 

Well, the conditions of 2008 are now being recreated. One sign is the printing of the new $100 Zimbabwean note (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/04/zim-gets-new-100-note-new-bill-not-enough-to-buy-a-loaf-of-bread/). It might make Zanu PF feel rich but since it won’t buy a loaf of bread the people will not be taken in. The days of world-leading inflation have left a scar on Zimbabwe.

 

The fear is that SADC will be even more reluctant to intervene than it was in 2008.  The organisation is dysfunctional and member countries are joining other regional organisations (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/04/toothless-sadc-faces-irrelevance/).

 

Certainly, according to the Guardian newspaper in the UK, Zimbabweans abroad are now sending home food parcels (see: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/apr/06/zimbabweans-abroad-switch-to-food-delivery-apps-to-help-family-at-home),

 

 A bleak account of the situation in the Bulawayo area has been given by Graham Shaw of the British charity Zimbabwe Victims’ Support Fund, which is supported by members of the Vigil. In a report on his visit there last month he said: ‘The situation on the ground can only be described as one of widespread and increasing poverty, hunger and desperation. Though this should not have come as any surprise to me, I have to say I was shocked by the squalor and desperate need I observed. Symptomatic of this malaise the roads are full of potholes, flagstones are missing from the pavement and the shops stand empty while traders have taken to selling their wares out on the streets. Rotting rubbish is piled high in the alleys. Power cuts are endemic and residents now store water in every available container because the taps are so often dry. A corrupt and dysfunctional government is failing to meet the basic needs of the people, and the deeper tragedy is that this should never be so. Zimbabwe is richly blessed with all the resources needed to support a modern, thriving economy and a flourishing people.

 

Other points

·       Our virtual Vigil activists today were Enniah Dube, Joyce Mbairatsunga and Richard Munyama who all kindly contributed to Vigil funds. See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720297980848 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 ROHR Meeting. Saturday 16th April at 11 am.

·       Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 16th April from 2 – 5 pm. The 42nd anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence will be marked at this Vigil. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.

·       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

 
Wave of Optimism – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 2nd April 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2022 17:59

 

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The success of Chamisa’s new Citizens Coalition for Change party in the by-elections, following his enthusiastically-supported rallies, lent an air of optimism to a meeting of exiled Zimbabweans and supporters at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

 

There was disappointment that Chamisa himself could not be there but we were glad to hear instead from Paramount Chief Felix Ndiweni, a passionate advocate of the rule of law. He said appeasement of wrongdoing was a dangerous game, accusing SADC of being scared to deal with what he described as Zanu PF’s dismembering of the opposition.

 

He said the by-elections had shown that people would still vote for the opposition in spite of everything. ‘The worm has turned. People realise they have nothing lose’, he said. They were facing ‘a terrorist government operating outside the law’. SADC had become a toothless dog but South Africa had now realised the Zimbabwe problem was becoming a domestic issue for them as well.

 

Chief Ndiweni said pressure from outside was essential for change in Zimbabwe. Ben Freeth of the Mike Campbell Foundation, which organised the meeting, said the outcome of the last Zambian elections has given Zimbabweans hope for democracy. Amazing things had happened in Zambia since the change of government: ‘We must emulate it’, he said, adding that church monitoring of the election there had made a difference.

 

The meeting welcomed the initiative of the Zimbabwean Heads of Christian Denominations to observe every polling station in next year’s national elections and collate the results to show the true outcome if the elections are disputed. The meeting suggested a parallel civil society move to tabulate the results.

 

Long-time Zimbabwe campaigner Kate Hoey, now in the House of Lords, said outside monitoring of the general elections must begin earlier – not just a few days before the vote. She added that there was not much confidence in SADC / African Union monitoring. She said Mnangagwa knew he had a real fight on his hands and there was a fear that there would again be violence during the elections.

 

Separately, an attempt is being launched to raise funds for a media campaign aimed at giving confidence to the general population of Zimbabwe that they have the right to peacefully witness the elections and ensure the results will be uncontested.

 

Other points

·       The Herald published a very different account of the meeting in a report by alleged lawyer ‘Dr’ Masimba Mavaza. It consisted largely of lies and it’s clear that his ‘doctorate’ was in Grace Mugabe studies (https://www.herald.co.zw/fugitive-ndiweni-calls-for-sanctions-on-zimbabwe/). As the Vigil reported in our diary of 7th November 2015, Mavaza was sacked as a magistrate because he had failed to inform the authorities of his arrest for fraud by false representation (https://nehandaradio.com/2015/11/09/zanu-pf-swaggers-in-the-uk-zimbabwe-vigil-diary/).

·       The Vigil resumed its regular demonstrations today after a break caused by the Covid pandemic. For the moment we are meeting on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. There will be a virtual Vigil on the other Saturdays. Thanks to those who came: Enniah Dube, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Margaret Munenge, Richard Munyama, Mary Mureyerwa, Ephraim Tapa, Kevin Wheeldon and Rose Benton. For photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720297816208.

·       Thanks to all those who came to the MCF event: Benjamin Molife, Beverley Mutandiro, Casper Nyamakura, Charles Mararirakwenda, Chido Makawa, Dennis Benton, Ephraim Tapa, Esther Munyira, Isabell Gwatidzo, Ishmael Makina, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Patricia Masamba, Rose Benton and Tendayi Matambo. For photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720297766956.

·       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 ROHR Meeting. Saturday 16th April at 11 am.
  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 16th April from 2 – 5 pm. The 42nd anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence will be marked at this Vigil. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month.
  • 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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