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A call for mass action – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 19th November 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 November 2011 17:48

A call for mass action in Zimbabwe was made at the Vigil by the leader of the Zimbabwe We Can Movement, Ephraim Tapa. He said the future looked bleak for Zimbabwe: the political parties had failed and this was why the Zimbabwe We Can movement had been launched.  

Mr Tapa, a former Chair of the MDC UK, came to the Vigil with a group of the Movement’s leaders who had been at a meeting in London to discuss the way forward in galvanizing support. Ephraim said disturbing developments continued to unfold in Zimbabwe. For instance it had recently taken delivery of more than 20,000 automatic rifles and other military equipment from China and the army was recruiting thousands of jobless young men under Zanu PF instructions.  

Ephraim said that, with the Kimberley approval of Marange diamond sales, Zanu PF was ‘not behaving like a party on its way out’ and the entire inclusive government was – as he put it – ‘under the armpit of Mugabe’.  

'The GNU is reduced to a mechanism of self-enrichment and protection for the few. We are therefore left with the simple verdict that the future for the generality of Zimbabweans is bleak and this makes the case for mass action and the Zimbabwe We Can Movement’.   

Ephraim added that he wanted to see the UN station an observer mission in Zimbabwe until there were free and fair elections. 

Other Points
·         The ZimVigil band’s song ‘Mwari torai vanoti shungurudza’ (God take those who trouble us) has been featured on SW Radio Africa’s new programme ‘Beyond Protest’ (check: http://www.2bctnd.net/swra_wp/?p=12503).
·         A good friend of the Vigil passed by today and gave us £60. We are very grateful.
·         We are pleased to hear that ROHR activist Lovemore Muzadzi who resisted deportation is now out of detention. Lovemore wishes to convey his gratitude to all those who supported him and campaigned for his release.
·         The Zimbabwe Association recently marked its 10th Anniversary. Check their Annual Report 2011 which recounts some of their achievements: http://zimassoc.wordpress.com/events/agm-2011/ 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website – they cannot be downloaded from the slideshow on the front page of the Zimvigil website. 

FOR THE RECORD: 94 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. 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 the views and opinions of ROHR.
·         ZBN News. The Vigil management team wishes to make it clear that the Zimbabwe Vigil is not responsible for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News (ZBN News). We are happy that they attend our activities and provide television coverage but we have no control over them. All enquiries about ZBN News should be addressed to ZBN News.
·         The theme song of the Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) can be downloaded from www.imusicafrica.com. The song is ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’. To watch the video check: http://ourvigil.notlong.com. To watch other Zim Vigil band protest songs, check: http://Shungurudza.notlong.com and http://blooddiamonds.notlong.com.
·         ROHR Manchester Vigil. Saturday 26th November from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre (subject to change to Piccadilly Gardens). Contact: Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07833787019, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07538534375, Artwell Pfende 07886839353, Lorraine Mudjgiwa 07826141885. Future demonstration: 31st December. Same time and venue.
·         Human Rights Day at the Zimbabwe Vigil. Saturday 10th December from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, London.  We will be joined by the Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN) who will be bringing human rights speakers and activists from a variety of civil society organizations in Zimbabwe. 
·         ROHR Manchester Meetings. Saturday 10th December (committee meeting from 11 am – 1 pm, general meeting from 2 – 5 pm). Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester M13 9UB.  Contact; Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07833787019, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07538534375, Artwell Pfende 07886839353, Lorraine Mudjgiwa 07826141885
·         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.

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