75 ways to nowhere? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 30th December 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 15:15

After the last Vigil of the year we wish Zimbabweans a happy 2018 in the hope that the tsunami of corruption which has drowned our country will begin to recede with the departure of Mugabe. 

President Mnangagwa has made promising noises of tough action against the main looters, but the culture of theft and deceit seems to have seeped into our DNA from the example set by our leaders and will be hard to eradicate.

No fewer that 75 political parties have apparently registered to contest the upcoming elections, though it’s not clear what most of them really want. Mnangagwa has promised that the elections will be free and fair but unless he makes some convincing attempt to level the electoral playing field and agrees to allow in objective observers to monitor the polling he will not satisfy critics and get the Western financial support he needs to fund the promised economic turnaround.

The size of the task ahead is daunting. An analysis this month by the influential financial observers Forbes ranks Zimbabwe 145 out of 153 countries for doing business. On corruption it is ranked 139. Forbes complained about the lack of a clear plan for change including over land tenure, the repatriation of dividends and indigenization (see: https://www.forbes.com/places/zimbabwe/).

While parliament discusses providing psychological counselling for sacked ministers and MPS, what about the traumatised population at large? The plethora of political parties shows how divided we have become over where we want to be (see: https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/ousted-zim-ministers-suffering-from-trauma-need-help-report-20171225).

Thanks to Audrey Chihoho, Jonathan Kariwo, Junior Madzimure,  Rosemary Maponga, Patricia Masamba, Margaret Munenge and Ephraim Tapa for being there at the start of a cold and windy Vigil to set up by putting up the banners and posters, for looking after the front table and handing out flyers during the Vigil and for staying to the end to pack up.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.

FOR THE RECORD: 7 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 6th January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 20th January from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Contact: Daisy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.

    ROHR Reading branch community outreach and general meeting. Saturday 20th January 2018. Community outreach from 11:30am – 1.30 pm: Venue: Broad Street, Reading. Food bank donation and general meeting from 2 – 5 pm: Venue: The RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. Contact: Sihle Sibanda (Deputy Chair) 07985712749, Shylette Chipangura (Branch Secretary 07828929806) and Joshua Kahari (Information and Publicity) 07877246251

  • 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.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years 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 for £10. All proceeds will 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.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2016 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/843-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2016. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2016 Highlights page.
  • Facebook pages:

 
Forgive and forget? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 23rd December 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 December 2017 13:30

President Mnangagwa’s appeal to Zimbabweans to forgive and forget may, on the face of it, appear to be an appropriate Christmas sentiment. But in truth it is shallow and self-serving.

Christians are taught that forgiveness follows repentance but what we find In Zanu PF Mark II is not repentance but triumphalism and a cynical off-loading of blame and personal responsibility.

Mugabe certainly didn’t show any contrition for 37 years of misgovernment and rampant corruption when he flew to Singapore for his latest round of medical treatment at our expense. MDC MP Eddie Cross estimates that Mugabe’s rule cost 7.5 million lives (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/the-cost-of-the-mugabe-era/).

And there has been no repentance from former Agriculture Minister Joseph Made who is under arrest after inspectors found a spectacular haul of loot on his farm – one of the biggest in Manicaland.

Made – always known to the Vigil as ‘mad Made’ – was revealed to be hoarding six state-of-the-art generators each with a capacity to light the whole of Rusape. Other loot lying idle included brand new wheelchairs still in their boxes and ten huge centre pivot irrigation systems as well as seven brand new tractors. Also found was two tonnes of expired maize seed as well as expired medicines.

Only a fraction of the farm was being used and, of course, none of the workers had been paid for the last twelve months (see: http://www.herald.co.zw/made-loots-farm-equipment-worth-millions/).

Hungry people in Zimbabwe might find it difficult to forgive Made. And we doubt they will be overjoyed by the appointment as Vice-President of the leader of the ‘not a military’ coup General Constantine Chiwenga.

We arrived outside the Embassy to find a group of Ndebele protesters, seemingly unaware that we had been protesting against Gukurahundi in that space for the past 800 weeks. Rather optimistically, they insisted on addressing the passing public in Ndebele and on playing a loud sound system although we had reached an understanding with local people ten or more years ago not to subject them to a sound barrage.

Whatever Mnangagwa might say the Ndebeles have made it clear that they have no intention of forgiving and forgetting.

Other points

  • After the last Vigil before Christmas we wish all our readers good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
  • Thanks to those who came early to set up and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Shylette Chipangura, Josephine Jombe, Jonathan Kariwo, Alice Majola, Theodora Mandishaya, Roseline Mukucha and Alfredy Mukuvare. Thanks also to Roseline, Josephine and Shylette for looking after the front table, to Alfredy, Jonathan, Alice, Theodora and Allen Mandaza for putting up the banners and to Alice and Theodora for handing out flyers.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.

FOR THE RECORD: 17 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 6th January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 20th January from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Contact: Daisy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • 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.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years 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 for £10. All proceeds will 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.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2016 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/843-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2016. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2016 Highlights page.
  • 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
 
Mnangagwa’s Ponzi scheme – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 16th December 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 December 2017 14:03

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Merry party of Mnangagwa and Chinamasa with Afreximbank officials 

An obscure Cairo-based bank has advanced Mnangagwa the money to launch Zanu PF Mark II in its new PF incarnation as the pragmatic fascist party – rather on the lines of the Egyptian regime itself. 

Having swept away Grace Mugabe and her 40 groupies, Mnangagwa seeks to present himself as the modern Mugabe. He certainly sees Zanu PF in the same way: the party is the state, generals are party stalwarts and the constitution is what he says it is.

Only two years ago Mnangagwa said that those who do not support Zanu PF deserve to die (see: https://iharare.com/i-wish-i-was-god-so-that-i-could-kill-tsvangirai-and-all-his-supporters-says-vp-mnangagwa/). ‘We will continue to rule this country despite their shouting about electoral reforms’, he declared. Unsurprisingly, Mnangagwa was speaking at the commissioning of a water treatment plant in Masvingo rehabilitated with donor funds.

Despite promises at Friday’s party congress of ‘credible, free and fair’ elections, Mnangagwa has hinted that the polls due about August, may in fact take place earlier – although there is no acceptable voters’ roll and none of the recognized provisions for credible elections are in place.

Presidential adviser Chris Mutsvangwa told the congress that the military would play a big role in the elections: ‘We will win resoundingly, better than the 1980 elections, and we will mobilise heavily working with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’, he said.

The $1.5 billion loan that Mugabe is getting –  sorry, we meant Mnangagwa – has emboldened him to demand that the West scrap sanctions which, like Mugabe. he pretends are the main cause of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown. True to Zanu PF, he can only repeat what has worked in the past.

Mnangagwa says he wants new relations with the West and that he seeks Western investment. The Vigil thinks that it must be made clear to him that there can be no prospect of re-engagement until there are free, fair and internationally-monitored elections. 

Zimbabweans may find an easing of the bank queues. This will be accompanied by talk of action against corruption. But the target of this will be the informal sector: the poor touts, vendors and squatters – the victims of the mafia bosses who compose the top level of the Zanu PF party who will now merrily loot $1.5 billion of Afreximbank’s money, deploying the army to keep the povos quiet.

And then the money will run out again . . . We trust there will be enough to continue paying Mugabe’s pension and expenses. The Vigil warned in our recent book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ what would happen if Mugabe went but Zanu PF remained in control: ‘They say the leopard never changes its spots. Our fear is that, with the departure of Mugabe, the people of Zimbabwe may again have the Zanu PF leopard foisted on them in some form or other. For the likely results be warned by these pages.’

Other points

  • We have been thinking about how to get our book circulated to people outside the UK. As a temporary measure we have uploaded it to this link: https://we.tl/pk7k8954dY. It will only be available until the end of Wednesday 20/12/2017. Download the file in time so you can keep it to read at your leisure. Please send it to anyone you think might be interested. 
  • Thanks to those who came early to set up and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Racqueline Changunda, Jonathan Kariwo, Nyarai Masvosva, Alfredy Mukuvare, Margaret Munenge, Sipho Ndlovu, Hazvinei Saili and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks also to Margaret, Nyarai, Racqueline, Getrude Mudede and Heather Makawa for looking after the front table, to Alfredy, Jonathan, Sipho, Heather, Hazvinei, Chido Makawa, Pear Shambare, Patricia Nyamunda, Deborah Harry and Sally Mutseyami for putting up the banners and tarpaulin and to Racqueline for handing out flyers.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.

FOR THE RECORD: 25 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 6th January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 20th January from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Contact: Daisy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • 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.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years 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 for £10. All proceeds will 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.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2016 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/843-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2016. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2016 Highlights page.
  • 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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