Vigil mourns Pachedu – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th January 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:11

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The Vigil was in mourning for Roy Bennett who encouraged us to mount our public protest outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London in 2002 and who remained a constant support in the many years since then.

Roy and his brave wife Heather, who died in a helicopter crash in the United States on Wednesday, were true heroes in the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe. A farmer elected to parliament for the new MDC in 2000, he was an eloquent opponent of the Mugabe regime, partly because he was a fluent Shona speaker with devoted local support for a democratic, non-racial future.

Today we particularly remembered the time that he and Heather put on our tshirts and joined in the singing and dancing at the Vigil. In those darkest of times he said the Vigil was ‘a fire in Mugabe’s bum’. He was speaking shortly after his release from an horrendous spell in prison. But whatever happened to him he retained a deep love of Zimbabwe and faith in the future of Zimbabweans.

In recent years he had been farming in Zambia but, with the overthrow of Mugabe, we had hopes he would return to Zimbabwe and help turn around farming in the country, given President Mnangagwa’s promise of a new beginning and free, fair and credible elections.

We will all miss his advice in this time of change. Mnangagwa has rejected Mugabe’s counter-productive populist policies such as indigenization, and says he will allow Western observers for the elections. But the Vigil is not persuaded by his appeal to ‘let bygones be bygones’. If the nation is to be healed there must be a full truth and reconciliation process, however painful this may be.

Roy expressed his joy at the ousting of Mugabe in an interview with CNN (See: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/11/21/intv-amanpour-roy-bennett-zimbabwe.cnn ). He said never before had he been so proud to be a Zimbabwean. He added that Mnangagwa and Chiwenga were Mugabe’s accomplices and were hated by the people. They must apologise and introduce reforms. The genii had been let out of the bottle and never again would there be a dictatorship in Zimbabwe.

But there were few signs of repentance in a lengthy interview Mnangagwa gave this week to the London Financial Times (see: http://www.thezimbabwemail.com/opinion/transcript-financial-times-interview-mnangagwa/).

Other points

  • Three ROHR branches had meetings / outreach today: Central London, Leicester and Reading. For photos of the Central London branch meeting check: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157668701180979  and for photos of Leicester’s outreach by Enniah Dube and Yvonne Makombe check: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157664903892178.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Daizy Fabian, Isabell Gwatidzo, Jonathan Kariwo, Alice Majola, Chido Makawa, Heather Makawa Chitate, Theodora Mandishaya, Rosemary Maponga, Patricia Masamba, Margaret Munenge, Esther Munyira, Sipho Ndlovu, Morella Nhau and Maxmus Savanhu. Thanks also to Rosemary and Margaret for looking after the front table, to Jonathan, Sipho, Maxmus, Tawanda Chitate, David Makuyana and Isabell for putting up the banners and tarpaulin and to Heather for handing out flyers and taking extra photos.

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: 27 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 17th February 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.
  • Facebook pages:
 
Strange green fruit in the banana republic – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 13th January 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:03

In these uncertain days people can be cheered up by the familiar. So it’s good to have both Jonathan Moyo and George Charamba to divert us from our worries. They are, of course, not new to the entertainment game, both being hoary practitioners of invention and deceit. But their latest imaginings take some beating . . . 

Former Minister Moyo’s HARDtalk interview with the BBC in which he described how angels enabled his flight from Mnangagwa’s killers was – as you would expect from such a narcissist – portrayed as an heroic escape, though he abandoned his family to their fate.

Moyo said Zimbabwe was now a banana republic because of the military coup, which he described as unconstitutional – as if Zanu PF’s actions had all been constitutional and legal, forgetting that it is now 5 years since the constitution was adopted but that it still has to be put fully into effect.

The truth is, if you control the judiciary in Zimbabwe the law is simply what you say it is. Moyo, the supreme charlatan, knows this full well. A serial turncoat, this time he backed the wrong horse – or nag in this case.

Interestingly, Moyo is not letting anyone know where he is now located but took pains to say how he left the country legally – a point of interest only to someone who knows he can be arrested for fraud in Kenya or South Africa as well as Zimbabwe and perhaps other places.

Soon to be former ‘Dr’ Grace may find similar difficulties if she visits any of her old haunts in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates or the Far East, where she could be taken to court for fraud and assault.

For his part, George Charamba – late of the Mugabe camp – now pops up as the spokesman of the new regime. He laughed at Moyo’s claim that Mnangagwa’s visit to Tsvangirai was because he was afraid of losing the upcoming elections and wanted them to be delayed.

But his most interesting observation came in a radio interview he gave in which he said Grace had told him that she had dreamt about him. She said ‘it was on my birthday and you were serving me very green fruit’. She would have been better off with a ripe banana (see: https://www.pazimbabwe.com/politics-44315-grace-mugabe-s-strange-george-charamba-dream-he-gave-me-very-green-fruit.html). 

Other points  

  • It is not only Grace who is mentally unstable. The Guardian newspaper in the UK has carried an interview with a Zimbabwean psychiatrist who says, after 37 years of Zanu PF rule, more that 10% of the population have mental health problems  (see: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/11/horrors-mugabe-zimbabwe-haunt-our-people-mental-scars-psychiatrist-dixon-chibanda).
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Shylette Chipangura, Deborah Harry, Jonathan Kariwo, Roseline Mukucha, Agnes Mukumba, Margaret Munenge and Dean Zhuwau. Thanks also to Roseline and Margaret for looking after the front table, to Shylette, Agnes and Heather Makawa Chitate for handing out flyers and to Jonathan, Deborah and Agnes for putting up the banners.

For latest Vigil pictures check: h9ttp://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: 23 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • 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. 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.
  • ROHR Leicester branch awareness campaign and general meeting. Saturday 20th January 2018. Awareness campaign from 11 am – 12 pm. Meet at Iceland, Narborough Road. General meeting from 1 – 3 pm: Venue: Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2 PP. Contact: Enniah Dube 07403439707, Yvonne Makombe 07453909247 and Moline Nyabonda 07961250525.

  • 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.
  • Facebook pages:
 
Ubuntu or hypocrisy? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 6th January 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 January 2018 16:52

https://www.voanews.com/a/zimbabwes-president-mnangagwa-rules-out-coalition-government/4193773.html 

President Mnangagwa is a smooth operator. How he was content to be Mugabe’s flunkey for 40 years is a puzzle. But whatever you think of him, he is galvanising things. 

This is in sharp contrast to the torpor of the Mugabe years when Zimbabwe virtually closed down over the so-called festive season from mid-December to the end of January when dozy Bob was off in Singapore being injected with monkey glands or whatever muti he is on, allowing Zanu PF chefs to concentrate in peace on their looting of state assets.

Mnangagwa’s visit on Friday to the home of ailing MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai came as a big surprise. It was impossible to imagine Mugabe doing the same without kicking the door in first. Optimists spoke in reverent terms of Ubuntu/Unhu suggesting forgiveness, togetherness, traditional virtues. Others muttered hypocrisy . . .  

After two decades of demented destruction it will certainly be no easy thing to turn around Zanu PF’s totalitarian trajectory. It’s all very well prosecuting the looters of ousted G40 but what of the shady dealings of the Lacoste locusts?

Tsvangirai’s deputy Nelson Chamisa was on hand to welcome Mnangagwa when he visited Tsvangirai, gushing: ‘it’s African to care for one another and it’s very Zimbabwean. This is the new politics we want to see in Zimbabwe . . . We want to see a peaceful election’.

Accompanied by his new Vice-President General Chiwenga, leader of the military coup which overthrew Mugabe, Mnangagwa can pretty well guarantee a ‘peaceful’ election – especially with a population high on hope that the crazy days are over. But will the elections be ‘free and fair’ when Mnangagwa’s new Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says there is no need for any electoral reforms? 

We were glad to have a cheerful group with us at a cold and dark first Vigil of the new year. It was decided that, prompted by health problems of some organisers, we would end an hour earlier (5 pm) during the winter months.

Thanks to those who came early to help set up by putting up the banners and posters and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Daizy Fabian, Isabell Gwatidzo, Josephine Jombe, Christopher Kamuzonde, Alice Majola, Theodora Mandishaya. Rosemary Maponga, Eunice Mapunde, Agnes Mukumba, Esther Munyira, Faith Ndhlovu, Soneni Sibanda and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks also to Rosemary, Josephine and Racqueline Changunda for looking after the front table.

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: 23 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • 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. 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.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 20th January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • 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.
  • 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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