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Visitors to the Vigil – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 10th December 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 December 2011 15:31

Fresh from the Zanu PF conference in Bulawayo, Robert Mugabe materiallized at the Vigil to demand immediate elections – preferably before his 88th birthday in two months’ time. ‘No time can be lost’, he said. ‘Zimbabwe is in moral danger. No woman is safe from Morgan Tsvangirai.’  

The aged leader, played by management team member Fungayi Mabhunu in our Mugabe mask, can be seen in our photographs leaning heavily on a crutch. But he could still wield a nifty sjambok which he brandished at Fadzai Muparutsa of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe. Fadzai was at the Vigil with Gideon Shoko, Deputy Secretary General, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. They were brought to us by Tor Hungwe-Olson of the Zimbabwe Europe Network to mark UN Human Rights Day. 

Gideon passed on to Vigil supporters greetings from the workers of Zimbabwe and said how encouraged he was that we were still ‘pushing the struggle’ after nine years outside the Embassy. He said the situation at home was depressing. There were goods in the shops but most people did not have enough money. Referring to Mugabe’s call for early elections, he said he didn’t believe this was genuine. ‘It’s a gimmick for supporters’, he said. As for the constitution-making process: ‘It is moving like a tortoise – worse still, like our railways with potholes.’ 

For her part, Fadzai was shivering – not from fear of Mugabe but from the freezing weather. She told us people should not be marginalized for their sexual orientation. ‘We must come together for freedom’, she declared. 

Other points
·         Our diary last week calling on Tsvangirai to ‘consider his position’ because of his love life caused quite a stir. It obviously reflected public opinion. But one website Nehanda Radio took the opportunity to attack us. For our response see our last website entry (http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/351-reply-from-zimbabwe-vigil-to-accusations-by-nehanda-radio).
·         If anyone is under the impression that the Vigil is anti-MDC we would point out that next Saturday we will be hosting the MDC UK for a joint demonstration. It is part of a Free Zimbabwe Global Protest demanding action from South Africa. People will gather at the Vigil at 14.00 and then proceed to the South African High Commission around the corner.
·         But the Vigil does has problems with some elements of the MDC – such as the Deputy Mines Minister, Gift Chimanikire, who sounds like a clone of his boss Obert Mpofu of Zanu PF (Fresh row over Marange diamonds – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/dec7_2011.html#Z5). One suspects that Chimanikire has – as Paul Simon would say ‘diamonds on the souls of his feet’.
·         It was good to have Beverley Mutandiro with us today after she celebrated a blessing of her marriage last Sunday. She said it was a wonderful occasion.  Beverley’s prayers and the leading of the singing and dancing at the Vigil are a constant inspiration.
·         Vigil management team member Moses Kandiyawo was delighted to meet up with an old school friend Tichaona Chibeya at the Vigil.  They hadn’t seen each other since primary school when they shared a desk.
·         We were pleased to see Geraldine Takwunda who tragically lost her sister in October. She thanked us for our support at such a difficult time.  

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: 86 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 Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) has launched its theme song ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’ to raise awareness through music. To download this single, visit: www.imusicafrica.com and 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.
·         Free Zimbabwe Global Protest. Saturday 17th December from 2 – 4 pm. MDC UK will be joining the Vigil to demand action from South Africa.  The protest will move to the South African High Commission during the afternoon.
·         ROHR Manchester Vigil. Saturday 31st December from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre (subject to change to Piccadilly Gardens). Contact; Delina Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353.
·         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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