Zimbabwe’s ‘perfect storm’ – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st November 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:51

With Christmas approaching, Zimbabwe seems to be facing all the gifts from hell: economic meltdown, simmering violence, a looming food crisis and a witch on the rampage.

 

The South Africa-based think tank NKC African Economics, which is associated with Oxford University, says Zimbabwe is on the brink of total collapse and the infighting in Zanu PF could trigger unprecedented chaos. In a report titled ‘Renewed violence an inevitable consequence of regime decay’, NKC says Zanu PF is walking dead (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_zimbabwe-on-the-brink-dailynews-live/). NGOs and Western governments have also expressed alarm at the mounting violence (see, for example: Police brutality not the answer – https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/11/18/police-brutality-not-the-answer/).

 

At the same time, MDC T MP Eddie Cross says Zimbabwe is facing food shortages because of a drought of the same magnitude as experienced in 2008 when the United States stepped in to provide maize. ‘This year we are on our own; aid agencies do not have the budget to help, our government does not have the capacity to step into the breach and the private sector is as broke as everyone else. We better all go to church this Sunday and pray for rain’ (see: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2015/11/the-implications-of-another-regional-crop-failure/).

 

It is not as if President Mugabe is on hand to take charge of affairs. He is always away in his role as one of the world’s great statesmen – stumbling from one international meeting to another dispensing wisdom. People in Zimbabwe looking for government guidance might suggest that he should charge these foreign freeloaders for his advice.

 

Although ZAnu PF is tearing itself apart, he will have to go to Paris for a climate-change meeting even as the party gathers at Victoria Falls for its conference. Zimbabweans can only be grateful that mother of the nation Dr Grace will be there to hand out adult size 12 plastic shoes to the children (see: http://www.zimeye.com/grace-mugabe-donates-size-13-shoes-to-toddlers/).

 

Another relief would be if the Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa is sufficiently embarrassed to pay for the conference from his spoils from the bankrupt Premier Services Medical Aid Society (see: Mugabe must demand Parirenyatwa explanation – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_mugabe-must-demand-parirenyatwa-explanation/). Incidentally, the Vigil notes that between January and June this year donors provided eight times as much for Zimbabwe’s social services as the government (see: http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/government-at-mercy-of-donors/).

 

Other points

·       On a bitterly cold Saturday – first of the winter –Sister Bev Mutandiro led us in prayer for peace in Zimbabwe in the face of growing signs of violence.

·       The Vigil ended on a vibrant note with rousing singing and drumming. Passers-by joined in the dancing.

·       Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Audry Chamangira, Livert Zhuwao, Beverley and Kennedy Mutandiro, Henrietta Mlambo and Fungayi Mabhunu. Thanks to those who stayed to the end to help pack up: Beverley Mutandiro, Chido Makawa, Dennis Benton, Faith Bhebhe, Fungayi Mabhunu, Ishmael Makina, Jennipher Sabe, Lipi Mhlope, Lovemore Mukeyani, Marjory Kunaka, Rose Benton and Zondiwe Gumede.

·       We have received a reply from the General Medical Council to a complaint we made against the activities of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro who runs a clinic in Nottingham. Although he is a British citizen he is trying to seize a farm in Zimbabwe owned by a white Zimbabwean. The GMC’s letter thanks us for bringing the matter to their attention.

 

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: 22 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       ROHR Reading Christmas Party Fundraiser. Saturday 28th November from 7:30 – 11 pm. Venue: The Spice Oven Buffet Restaurant, 2 – 4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT. Theme: to restore dignity to the suffering people of Zimbabwe. Tickets: £25 per adult, free entry for children under 5 years. For more information, contact: Deborah Harry (07578894896), Charles Mararirakwenda (07964731721), Joshua Kahari (07877246251), Shyline (07827493930)

·       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 28th November from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

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

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

·       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.

·       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/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835

 
Zanu PF‘s Fantasyland – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th November 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2015 12:51

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All Zimbabweans will have rejoiced that Zimbabwe is to produce its very own car and export it to the rest of Africa. The announcement in the Herald said the development was in line with the government’s ‘stance of value addition and beneficiation, which is expected to turn the country into a regional giant of exporting finished products’ (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/zim-to-manufacture-own-car-model/).

 

Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha, whom we picketed a few weeks ago when he tried to sell fantasyland to London investors, was proud to tell a news conference in Harare about the project after signing what he said was a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with an Italian firm with the un-Italian name El Badaoui Group.

 

Mr Bimha didn’t quite say that the new car would run on Chinhoyi diesel but the Techzim website immediately cast doubt on the project. ‘We think this shouldn’t be taken seriously at all. It’s the usual effort to offer some news of hope in these pretty damp times’ was its conclusion (see: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2015/11/zim-manufacture-car-model-news-must-not-taken-seriously/)

 

A bracing note of reality also came in an article in the American magazine ‘Foreign Affairs’, which questioned Zimbabwe’s plan to borrow money from the international financial institutions so that it can begin to pay off the interest on its debts so that it can borrow more money which it will of course not repay.  Just the sort of plan that would seem to appeal to the Zanu PF mentality.

 

Well, Foreign Affairs is not buying it, observing:  ‘Now is precisely the wrong time to embrace Mugabe and his coterie, who for 35 years have done little but devastate the country and enrich themselves.’ The magazine goes on to say ‘Significant lending before the regime has taken genuine steps toward much-needed reform would be premature and entirely counterproductive’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_analysis-imf-cash-will-entrench-grace-croc/).

 

As with Zimbabwe’s plan to produce its own car, the magazine will not have been taken in by the remarks of Vice President Mnangagwa at a dinner in Harare held to raise money for Zanu PF’s conference at Victoria Falls next month. According to the Herald the dinner was attended by hundreds of captains of industry and heads of parastatals paying up to $100,000 for a table.

 

The must have found it difficult to keep a straight face when the Vice President exhorted them: ‘we must unreservedly shun corruption’, before going on to accuse the media of a warped analysis informed by ‘a litany of denials of reality’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/zimsit_w_zanu-pf-dinner-oversubscribed-the-herald/).

 

Is this the same reality shown by Mugabe in flying to Turkey to give his advice to the G20 meeting of leaders of the world’s major economies?  Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday French President Hollande has withdrawn from the meeting so Mugabe can take his place (and probably argue the case for supporting the blood-stained Assad regime).

 

Distancing ourselves from Mugabe’s fantasyland, the Vigil expressed our solidarity with France by wearing mourning bands and displaying posters reading ‘Vigil mourns with France’.

 

Other points

·       Thirty people went to Nottingham on Friday to stage another demonstration outside the clinic run by Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica who are trying to seize a farm in Zimbabwe although they have lived in the UK for more than ten years.  The supporters of the Vigil and the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe sang and danced and handed out flyers to passers-by. Motorists hooted in support when they passed. Thanks to those who attended: Audry Chamangira, Muchineripi Chigwedere, Paul Chipamhadze, Chamunorwa Chisuko, Flemming Diza, Enniah Dube, Farai Sharmaine Gumbanjera, Princess Homera, Irvine Huni, Danny Kadiki, Chipo Kamhunga, Godwin Kativu, Joana Kwenda, Chido Michelle Makawa, Ishmael Makina, Cephas Maswoswa, Lazarus Matiyenga, Arthur Molife, Nobukhosi Moyo, Nicodimus Muganhu, Ian Mumford, Sally Mutseyami, Virginia Mutyambizi, Mncedisi Ndhlovu, Charles Dumisani Ndlovu, Benhilda Ngwenya, Esther Nyambi, Minienhle Sibanda, Qiniso Sibanda and Sibusisiwe Tshuma. Special thanks to Chamunorwa and Enniah for running the protest and to Cephas who bought food for the group.

·       Thanks to those who arrived early to set up the Vigil: Humphrey Dube, Livert Zhuwao, Barbara Kachidza, Abigail Makope, Mncedisi Ndhlovu and Fungay Mabhunu. Thanks to Livert for looking after the front table. Thanks to the team that put up the tarpaulin and banners in the pouring rain: Humphrey, Mncedisi, Fungayi, Charles Dumisani Ndlovu and Chipo Kamhunga. Special thanks to Humphrey who went tirelessly up and down the ladder to tie everything down. We admired their ingenious engineering in taping a fold up chair and umbrella to the string holding up the tarpaulin to make sure the rain ran off. Thanks to all those who stayed to the end to help pack up: Barbara Kachidza, Charles Dumisani Ndlovu, Chipo Kamhunga, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Christopher Kamuzonde, Dennis Benton, Enniah Dube, Fungayi Mabhunu, Helen Sibanda, Humphrey Dube, Ivy Dangarembizi, Jennipher Sabe, Kidi Gotsi, Linton Magume, Lipi Mhlope, Mncedisi Ndhlovu, Moline Nyabonda, Rose Benton, Tryness Ncube, Xoliso Sithole, Yvonne Makombe and Zondiwe Gumede.

 

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: 35 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·       Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 28th November from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

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

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

·       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.

·       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/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835

 
Zimbabweans protest again at looting British GP PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:03

Zimbabwe Vigil Press Release – 10th November 2015

 

Zimbabweans protest again at looting British GP

 

Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are to stage another demonstration on Friday outside a clinic in Nottingham run by a doctor who is attempting to seize a farm in Zimbabwe.

 

Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, a British citizen, claims that the Mugabe regime has told him he can have the farm although he has been resident in England for more than 10 years.

 

He and his wife Veronica, who is related to Grace Mugabe, are trying to kick out the owner Philip Rankin, who bought the farm with the approval of the Mugabe authorities. He has been besieged in his home by hired thugs unable to care for his tobacco crop worth up to £240,000.

 

The demonstration is organized by the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday since October 2002 in support of human rights in Zimbabwe.

 

Vigil Co-ordinator Fungayi Mabhunu said: ‘All we require from the Nyatsuros to stop our protests outside their clinic is that they drop their greedy and hypocritical claim on a farm in Zimbabwe with which they have no connection. They are obviously prospering here so what need do they have to take over someone’s home and livelihood in Zimbabwe?’

 

The Nyatsuros have made legal threats to try to stop press coverage of their outrageous behaviour. The Daily Telegraph here in the UK dropped a report it had carried in their print edition from their website. The Times was braver: it still carries its report on the Times website but with the disclaimer: ‘This article is the subject of a legal complaint from Mrs Veronica Nyatsuro’.

 

Date and time: Friday 13th November from 12 noon – 3 pm.

Venue: The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1BJ.

For directions, check: http://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/MapsAndDirections/DefaultView.aspx?id=38275

Contact: Chamunorwa Chisuko 07832920609, Enniah Dube 07403439707, Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899.

 
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