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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 28th March 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 March 2009 15:55

 The Vigil met as dark clouds swept past, spitting rain. When the skies brightened we took down our tarpaulin but within two minutes we were pelted by hail stones.  The weather failed to deter demonstrators who took to the streets of London in a protest ahead of the G20 summit meeting. There is a lot of anger at the greed of bankers and the negligence of the financial authorities which have precipitated the global economic recession.   

The Vigil engages every week with people passing by the Embassy, strategically situated near Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square.  By and large they are very supportive but we get the impression, certainly in the current economic climate, that it is unrealistic to expect tax payers here to bail out Zimbabwe when, instead of law and order, all they get from Harare is the threadbare rhetoric of entitlement from people who have made the country the poorest in the world (according to Forbes / Transparency International). Certainly, no one at the Vigil is making plans to return home and the word is that there has been a marked increase by Zimbabweans here applying for political asylum. 

People at the Vigil happily sponsored a London teacher, Steve Garvey, who is running in the London Marathon next month to raise money for the Vigil. 

Our sympathies to Luka Phiri of the Vigil management team.  It’s not Luka’s year. After being nearly deported to Malawi he has now caught chickenpox! Luka asked us to pass on his condolences to one of the Deputy Prime Ministers, Thokozani Khupe, whose mother died recently. ‘I knew her mum and her loss is my loss too’ he says.  

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FOR THE RECORD: 285 signed the register. 

FOR YOUR DIARY:
·       Central London Zimbabwe Forum. Monday 30th March at 7.30 pm. Tor Hugne Olsen of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO speaks about the current state of human rights in Zimbabwe. Venue: Bell and Compass, 9-11 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NA, next to Charing Cross Station at the corner of Villiers Street and John Adam Street.
·        ROHR Bedford launch meeting. Saturday, 4th April from1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: 145-151 Midland Road, Bedford, MK40 1DW . Contact: Daniel Manyanga 07944176335 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/ 07932216070
·        ROHR Woking general meeting. Saturday, 4th April from1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: 1 Elmdene Court, Constitution Hill, Woking, GU22 7SA. Contact: Thandi Mabodoko on 07886619780, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113, Siduduzile Sibanyoni 07588745353 or I Mudzamiri 07774044873
·        ROHR Manchester general meeting. Saturday, 4th April from1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester M13 9UB. Contact: Secretary on 07905371005 or Chair 07778547971 
·        ROHR Liverpool general meeting. Saturday, 11th April. Time and venue to be advised.  Contact: I Ndoro on 07872008846, D Chimuka on 07917733711 or P Mapfumo on 07915926323/07932216070
·        ROHR Coventry fundraising event. Saturday 18th April. Time and venue to be advised.  Contact: E Nyakudya on 07876796129, M Sibanda 07788560068, P Makuwere 07533332306 or M Vijay on 07957907616  
·        ROHR Leeds General meeting. Saturday, 25th April from 1.30 – 5 pm. Venue: Dock Green Inn, Leeds LS9 7AB. Contact: Wonder M Mubaiwa 07958758568, Donna Mugoni 07533259373 or B Sikosana 07940181761
·        Fundraising for the Vigil at the London Marathon. Sunday, 26th April.  Steve Garvey, teacher at the Dolphin School, Battersea, is running in the London Marathon to raise money on behalf of the Vigil.
·        Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

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