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Launch of Zimbabwe Action Forum – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 4th February 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 February 2012 16:10

Zimbabweans from several different groups met after the weekly Vigil to discuss ways the diaspora can help secure democracy at home. By the time some 40 activists emerged from the meeting London was blanketed in its first snow of the winter, greeting the newly-formed Zimbabwe Action Forum. 

Apart from Vigil supporters, the meeting was attended by representatives of The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR), the Zimbabwe We Can Movement, the MDC and ZAPU. It was agreed meetings would be held after the Vigil on the first Saturday of each month.  

Opening the forum, Ephraim Tapa, President of ROHR and the We Can Movement, said the purpose was to explore the way forward. Everyone was invited to come up with ideas for future discussion and possible action.  

There was no shortage of suggestions, ranging from the revolutionary to the humanitarian. One proposal was that we should prepare a dossier for the International Criminal Court. Speakers were angry that, despite the GPA, power remained in the hands of Mugabe and they feared that corruption was becoming universal so that – despite the country’s mineral wealth – Zimbabweans remained impoverished.  

Earlier, while the Vigil was underway, ROHR held a general meeting and expressed confidence in Ephraim Tapa as leader and elected a new UK Executive. The new office bearers are: Chair: Catherine Tshezi, Vice Chair: Wellington Muringai, Secretary: Portia Mwayera, Vice Secretary: Tapiwa Semwayo, Treasurer: Fungayi Mabhunu, Vice Treasurer: Bright Domingo, Organising Secretary: Chamunorwa Chisuko, Deputy Organising Secretary: Mary Ndoro, Information and Publicity: Nobuhle Mazula, Vice Information and Publicity: Huvandirwa Makaza, Fundraising Team: Ernest Zvoma, Tawanda Matemura, Naome Kakungowa, Georgina Makaza, Delline Mutendi, Co-ordinators: Jonathan Kariwoh, Rumbidzai Javani and Bright Domingo join existing co-ordinators: Collin Chitekwe, Rugare Chifungo and Lungile Ncube. 

Other points
·         We are concerned about Vigil supporter Patrick Chatukuta who was detained on Thursday and is due to be deported on Tuesday. He is also chair of the MDC South East London Branch. We will be sending out a mailing of what you can do to help.
·         Sight of a bitingly cold day was Lovemore Mukeyani dancing in a short-sleeved shirt.
·         We were joined by members of the Zimbabwe Watchmen who led prayers with the Vigil’s Sister Beverly Mutandiro.
·         Vigil supporters were encouraged at the apparently cool reception given to Mugabe at the AU summit.  His self-serving rant against the AU for failing to support Gaddafi showed everyone how out of step he is.  

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: 72 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2011 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/363-vigil-highlights-2011-.  Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2011 Highlights page.
·         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.
·         Zimbabwe Action Forum. Saturday 3rd March from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. Directions: The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent.  Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.
·         Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts.
·         Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil. . http://www.zimvigil.co.uk.

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