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Lift sanctions in return for what? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 16th June 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 June 2012 19:59

Vigil supporters are disappointed that South Africa is still harping on about removing sanctions at a time when all pressure should be focused on getting intransigent Zanu PF elements to stop impeding the reforms Mugabe signed up to in the Global Political Agreement.

 

President Zuma’s foreign policy advisor Lindiwe Zulu says the restrictive measures are not working (http://www.swradioafrica.com/2012/06/15/zulu-criticised-for-supporting-removal-of-zim-sanctions/Zulu criticised for supporting removal of Zim sanctions). It was the same line taken by the South African former judge, Navi Pillay, the UN Human Rights Commissioner after her visit to Zimbabwe last month.

 

The rationale for their call is obscure. Yes the sanctions are not working because they are not ending human rights abuses for which they were imposed. But do they think that if the sanctions are lifted Zanu PF will suddenly be willing to implement the GPA?

 

We do not believe this is the case and neither apparently does the MDC’s Treasurer-General Roy Bennett who spoke in an interview on SW Radio Africa (see: http://www.swradioafrica.com/2012/06/15/transcript-of-roy-bennett-on-question-time/Transcript of Roy Bennett on Question Time). Roy was asked whether he thought Zanu PF would honour the GPA. He said Zanu PF was divided but those in control were not going to walk away from the immense riches in their hands. He said ‘there is a serious battle ahead for the people of Zimbabwe and at the end of the day it is the people of Zimbabwe that have to stand up and claim their future and claim their rights’.

 

As to the riches he is talking about, informed sources speak of billions of dollars a year in unaccounted revenue from diamonds and gold.

 

What we want to hear from the South Africans is not Mugabe propaganda but how exactly they propose to deal with the threatening situation in Zimbabwe, chillingly recounted in Cathy Buckle’s latest letter (Already in the barracks? – http://www.cathybuckle.com/index.php?id=86).

 

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: 76 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·        Official launch of ROHR Slough Branch. Saturday 23rd June. Meeting from 11 am – 3 pm to elect an interim Slough Executive and for new member registration. Venue: 100 Lounge Bar, 100 High Street, Slough SL1 1HL. Launch of ROHR Slough Branch from 6 – 10 pm. Venue: 3rd Upton Court Scout HQ, Upton Court Road, Slough SL3 7LU. Music, food (including BBQ) and drink available. ROHR Founder Ephraim Tapa present at both events. For more information: Mary 07946 072 989, Ernest 07989 859 427, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , facebook: www.facebook.com/RohrZimbabweSlough. Please call, text, email or facebook to confirm attendance. For flyer, check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157630113563426/detail/.

·        Zimbabwe Action Forum. Saturday 30th June 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.

·        Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 30th June 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 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.

·        Useful websites: www.zanupfcrime.com which reports on Zanu PF abuses and www.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

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