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Zim fuss at Zambia House – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary 23rd June 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 June 2012 09:15

The Vigil’s Mugabe mask made an appearance outside the Zambian High Commission on Thursday for the sixth round of the monthly Free Zimbabwe Global Protests aimed at pressuring SADC leaders into ensuring democratic reforms in Zimbabwe.

 

Zambia was the target of the ‘21st Movement’ this month because of President Sata’s slavish support of Mugabe shown at the recent SADC meeting in Angola. The Zimbabwe Vigil, mindful of Sata’s past as a sweeper at London’s Victoria station, attempted unsuccessfully during Sata’s visit earlier this month to deliver a new broom to him so that he could return to a job for which he was better equipped.

 

Vigil management team member Fungayi Mabhunu, wearing the Mugabe mask, made another attempt to deliver the broom on Thursday but once again Zambian diplomats spurned the gift and also refused to accept a letter of protest at Sata's interference in Zimbabwe's internal affairs (text: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/414-letter-to-zambian-high-commissioner). The letter was sent by recorded delivery instead.

 

The Zambians seemed particularly unnerved by the Mugabe mask (not surprisingly!) and call the police for help. The police explained to them that we were aciting within our rights.

 

Given the short notice, there was a good number outside Zambia House. Thanks to: Admire Mhindurwa, Cephas Maswoswa, Dickson Munemo, Edgar Makuni, Edith Chinyura, Ellen Gonyora, Felistas Mujeri, Francisca Mhosva, Jonathan Kariwoh, Molly Ngavaimbe, Sihle Sibanda, Victoria Matewere, Wendy Ziyambi and Wilson Mujere who, among others, made the event so successful.

 

Our report on the demo has been published on the Zambian Watchdog website. Some of the readers on the website implied Zimbabweans should leave Zambia alone – but it’s Sata who is interfering in our affairs (see: http://www.zambianwatchdog.com/2012/06/23/zimbabweans-protest-at-zambia-high-commission-again/).

 

Other points

·        Quotes of the week

-        Johnny Rodrigues, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force: ‘Our environment is on the verge of total destruction.’

-        Dr Joseph Kanyekanye, Chief Executive Officer of Allied Timbers: ‘The invasion of forestry land is destroying the economy.’

Result – Mugabe flies off to the Brazilian Conference on Sustainable Development with scores of hangers-on at a cost of $7 million so that he can tell the world how to look after their forests and game

·        If Mugabe had been prepared to travel like most other heads of state he could have saved $5.5 million – enough to buy a yacht for Kariba (see: Zanu PF bigwig linked to US$5,5m mystery yacht - http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/jun23a_2012.html#Z11).

·        Many people went on from the Vigil to the official launch of the ROHR Slough branch. They were having a party after electing an interim executive.

·        The ROHR President Ephraim Tapa, who was at the Slough meeting, will be chairing our Zimbabwe Action Forum after the Vigil next Saturday.  This is held monthly to enable us to share ideas for a solution to Zimbabwe’s problems. We are keen to hear everyone’s views so please come. See ‘Events and Notices for details’.

·        One of our supporters, Sheillah Sibanda, read a poem she had written about Mugabe’s destruction of our country which ended:

‘You don’t care about about the people you lead

Have you forgotten the people who voted for you?

Look back and see the mayhem you have caused

Zimbabweans are tormented and in tears

Why can’t you let go for we are fed up

Zimbabweans need a new leader.’

·        Vigil supporters were encouraged to attend to attend a commemoration of the UN international day in support of victims of torture on Tuesday, 26th June which is being organized by the Zimbabwe NGO Forum in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Association. See ‘Events and Notices’ for 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: 65 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·        Commemoration of the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims. Tuesday 26th June from 5 – 6 pm. Venue: the Zimbabwe Association, Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG.  Guest speaker:  Dewa Mavhinga, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Regional Co-ordinator. RSVP: Sarah Harland of the Zimbabwe Association, www.zimbabweassociation.org.uk, Tel: 07846859200. For more information: http://zimassoc.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/june-26th-invite.pdf.

·        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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