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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 16th October 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:28

A rather sombre mood at the Vigil reflected not only the approaching winter but also the unsettling news buffeting the exiled Zimbabwean community in the UK 

The banners we have been displaying outside the London Embassy for eight years inspired posters we attached to luggage to represent the feared consequences of deportation hanging over failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers: ‘Back to Murder, Rape and Torture in Zimbabwe’ and ‘Back to Mugabe and Starvation’. 

Given Morgan Tsvangirai’s nauseating love-ins with Mugabe over the past 20 months, Vigil supporters were not surprised by the British government’s decision to end the moratorium on returning failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. Whether Tsvangirai is currently flipping or flopping makes no difference now: he has been telling the world that the GNU is working and that Zimbabwe is a safe place so we could hardly expect any other decision by the British government.  

Another poster we displayed outside the Embassy illustrated our fears for the fate of returned Zimbabweans: ‘Discount Diamonds – apply Zim Embassy’. The poster was prompted by news that an Indian company has ordered $100 million a month worth of blood-soaked Marange diamonds (see: http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=32936 – Surat Requests $100M Monthly Rough Supply from Zimbabwe).  

This deal explains Mugabe’s new belligerence over the MDC participation in government.  There will now be a steady stream of money for the Zanu PF murder machine; who cares what the outside world thinks . . . 

It all fits. The already low quality of Zimbabwean diplomats is being further eroded by the appointment of children and hangers-on of Zanu PF bigwigs. Are your kids being prevented from receiving a Western education? Apply to Bimha Brothers Incorporated (Grace Mugabe’s relatives) and they will be given cover as “diplomats”. 

While SADC heads of state prepare to sing Mugabe’s praises in Washington and Brussels, Zanu PF can now add diamonds to the drugs and counterfeit currency it is allegedly peddling at its diplomatic missions (see: http://www.thezimbabwemail.com/zimbabwe/6354.html - Zanu PF leaders replacing Embassy staff with relatives).

 

Other points

·       The Vigil has been appalled by the UK government’s announcement that failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers are to be returned even before a crucial ‘Country Guidance’ case is to be heard. Surely the announcement places undue influence on the judicial process?

·       Thanks to Rashiwe Bayisayi for taking charge of the Vigil front table and to Batson Chapata for taking care of the tshirt sales today.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.   

FOR THE RECORD:  169 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       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.
·       ROHR Yorkshire general meeting. Saturday 23rd October from 2 – 4 pm. Venue: The White Rails, 2 Burlington Street, Upperthorpe, Sheffield S6 3DY. Contact: Chinofunga Ndoga 07877993826, Prosper Mudamvanji 07897594874, Wonder Mubaiwa 07958758568,Donna Mugoni 07748828913 or R Chifungo 07795070609.
·       ROHR London South East Branch general meeting. Saturday 23rd October at 1 pm. Venue: 16 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5QW. For directions and the agenda contact Wellington Rupere on 07799702750; Priscilla Chitsinde on 07804696328 or Courage Chiromo on 07894586005. 
·       ROHR Wolverhampton relaunch meeting. Saturday 30th October. Venue: Heath Town Community Centre, 208 Chevril Rise, Wolverhampton WV10 0HP. Contact P Chibanguza 07908406069, P Nkomo 07817096594, P Dunduru 07958386718, D Mtendereki 07771708800 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·     Zimbabwe Association AGM. Sunday 31st October from 1 – 4 pm. Venue: St James Church Hall, 11 Prebend Street / corner of Packington Street, London N1 8PF. Guest speakers: Mike Kaye, Still Human Still Here Campaign and Lucia Dube, Chair, Zimbabwe Diaspora Focus Group – ‘How to work together as a diaspora?’ RSVP: Zimbabwe Association, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, EC2A 4LT, Tel: 07846859200, Fax: 020 7549 0356, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.zimbabweassociation.org.uk.
·       ROHR North London branch anniversary and fundraising. Saturday 6th November from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Tottenham Chances 399 High Road, Tottenham N17 6QN. Station: Seven Sisters. From Seven Sisters catch buses towards Tottenham – third stop. Buses: 123, 149, 259, 349, 341, 476. Contact: G Mapanda 07556586377, V Chengaose 07956586377, B Hukwa 07835323174, Ruby Chitiyo 07886998102, V Moyo 07960863128, P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070. Refreshments available. Raffle. ROHR UK executive attending.
·       Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts.
·       Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil.
·       ‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email confirmation of your order and postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA. All proceeds go to the Budiriro Trust which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe.
·       Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part.

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