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Vigil presents petition – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st April 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 12:17

The Vigil joined with the MDC Diaspora to mark Independence Day by calling on South Africa to pressure Mugabe to honour the GPA and to appeal to the United Nations to supervise the coming elections.

The day began auspiciously with the arrival at the Vigil of an historic red double-decker ‘Routemaster’ bus carrying Vigil supporter Khuluza Mlotshwa and his bride Emma, together with the bridal party. Khuluza had promised he would join us even on his big day. The bus had a banner on the front: ‘Zimbabwe colonised by Britain, Destroyed by Mugabe.’

After gathering forces at the Vigil about 200 people moved on to the nearby South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square to continue the MDC Diaspora’s campaign to get President Zuma to call Mugabe to account. A sample of the posters: Mugabe must go now, Zuma stop Mugabe B4 it’s too late, Zuma wake-up call, MDC wants free and fair elections, Stop looting Marange diamonds, Follow SADC road map to democracy, and No more violent elections.

People then moved on to Whitehall to present the Vigil’s petition to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, at his official residence. The petition reads ‘We call on the Security Council to ensure that the next elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair. We look to the United Nations to supervise the electoral process and the handover of power to a new government and believe peace-keeping troops will need to be in place before, during and after the polling.’

Five delegates from the Vigil were allowed into Downing Street to hand over the petition to an official. They were: Louisa Musaerenge, Mary Muteyerwa, Kelvin Kamupira, Wellington Muringai and Rose Benton.

The Vigil is grateful to Jonathan Kariwoh, Sue Toft, Margaret Dlamini (from the Swazi Vigil) and others who remained behind to maintain the Vigil while all the exciting things were happening elsewhere.

Other points

·        A Zimbabwean Darryl Smith visited us and paid respect to the memory of a former colleague who had worked with him at ZESA Kariba, who was listed among the victims on our ‘Mugabe wanted for Murder’ poster.

·        It was also good to have with us the respected rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

·        There is good news on Nancy Makawa. She is no longer facing immediate deportation and her solicitor is applying for her to be released from detention.

·        The Vigil notices that Tendai Biti has been in Washington looking for Western financial aid and complaining of sanctions. We wonder whether he has ever thought of an alternative: how about indigenising the diamond mines?  Or asking for a loan from Mines Minister Mpofu?

·        The Chickenshed Theatre is putting on a second run of ‘The Rain that Washes’.  A group from the Vigil went last year and found it excellent. It is a one-man show based on a true story. “Following the dream of majority rule, one man sees Ian Smith's Rhodesia become Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. From refugee camps in Botswana to air strikes in Zambia via Marxism in Bulgaria, he returns to Zimbabwe, only to witness the greatest betrayal of all . . .” See ‘Events and Notices’ for further details.

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: 148 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·        ROHR Leicester Meeting. Saturday 28th April from 1.30 – 4 pm. Venue:  ‘The Homemade Hamburger’, Highcross, Leicester. This is near the Showcase Cinema. This meeting will be attended by members of the National Executive. Contact: Rachael and Enniah, 07989093661 and 07403439707.

·        Taking Transitional Justice to the Diaspora. Monday 30th April from 5 – 6 pm. Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE. Participants: Moses Mzila Ndlovu, Co-Chair of the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, and Primrose Matambanadzo, Chair of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (http://www.chathamhouse.org/events/view/182736).

·        ‘The Rain that Washes’ – Zimbabwean theatre production. From 2nd – 19th May at 7.30 pm – matinees 10th May at 1 pm and 19th May at 3.30 pm. Venue: Studio Theatre, Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE. Running time: 60 minutes. Tickets £8 (£6). To book, call 020 8292 9222, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or book online at www.chickenshed.org.uk. Chickenshed is between Oakwood and Cockfosters tube stations, and on bus routes 298, 299, 307 and N91. Free parking is also available.

·        Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 5th May from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.

·        Zimbabwe Action Forum. Saturday 5th May 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.

·        Two Gentlemen of Verona Shona Production at the Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT. Dates / Times: Wednesday 9 May, 2.30pm. Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets available from 020 7401 9919 and www.shakespearesglobe.com. A two-man Zimbabwean riot of love, friendship and betrayal. From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, two great friends, Valentine and Proteus, vie for the love of the same woman. In a triumphantly energetic ‘township’ style, Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu slip into all of the play’s fifteen characters – from amorous suitors to sullen daughters, depressed servants and even a dog – in this new, specially commissioned translation.

·        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.

·        Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts.

·        Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil.

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