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100% Lunacy – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 8th December 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 December 2012 15:39

Mugabe’s call for 100% ‘indigenous’ ownership of companies in Zimbabwe is an invitation to a new wave of looting which will end foreign investment, killing any prospect of economic growth while Zanu PF is in power. And remaining in power is what the policy is about.

 

Speaking at the Zanu PF conference in Gweru, Mugabe said: ‘The notion that capital is more important than any other factors is nonsense.’ He added that the notion was ‘dirty, filthy and criminal.’

 

Launching a blatant vote-buying campaign for re-election, he said of indigenization: ‘I think now we have done enough of 51 percent. Let it be 100 percent’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/dec8_2012.html#Z1 – Mugabe backs 100% black ownership of Zimbabwe-based firms).

 

Mugabe said that if foreign owned companies don’t want to abide by these rules they should go away.  And so they will. Ironically Mugabe’s new policy was announced on the same day as the economist Eric Bloch wrote in a newspaper article that foreign investment is essential for Zimbabwe. He said: ‘There is an abysmal and contemptuous disregard for the irrefutable fact that the country desperately needs such investment in order to attain substantive growth of its economy. That growth is critical if a comprehensive reduction
of the overwhelming unemployment that has plagued Zimbabwe for too long is to materialise’ (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/dec8a_2012.html#Z21 – Barriers to investment on the increase).

 

The Vigil believes the welfare of ordinary Zimbabweans has never been of concern to Mugabe. The only growth that counts for him is in the money he can spend to ensure he stays in power. And, thanks to diamonds, he has shown there is a lot of that.

 

News that Zimbabwe was to be discussed at the SADC meeting in Dar es Salaam should have given us encouragement. After all, SADC laid down the rules for the next elections and is supposed to enforce them. But following the recent comments by President Zuma’s adviser Lindiwe Zulu we are expecting nothing. She said of the lack of progress in the constitution-making exercise merely that she hoped the political parties would ‘try to move the process quicker than it is moving at the moment’.

 

Ms Zulu wouldn’t say who was responsible for the deadlock but everyone knows and until South Africa faces up to Mugabe’s intransigence there can be no progress and no fair elections (see: Zuma team meets political parties over constitutional deadlock – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/nov30_2012.html#Z1).

 

Other points

·        Our sister organization the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) met in Birmingham to elect a new executive. Vigil founder member Ephraim Tapa, who set up ROHR in 2007, was confirmed as Chair. Around 70 people attended, representing most of the branches in the UK. The conference resolved to relaunch programmes in Zimbabwe and start operations in South Africa as well. Signatures were collected for a petition to the UK Border Agency protesting at the treatment of Zimbabwean deportees. Representatives from the Vigil and Zimbabwe We Can attended the conference to express their support. Mr Tapa said there’d been an enthusiastic attitude at the meeting with determination to continue the work. A full report will be posted on the ROHR website www.rohzimbabwe.org.

·        We were glad to have with us a festive choir in Santa Claus hats from our partner organization the Zimbabwe Association. They sang rousing Christmas songs in Shona and English.

·        Following the suicide of our supporter Bernard Hukwa, we are ever mindful of how difficult life is in the UK for Zimbabwean asylum seekers (particularly in the winter). Thanks to Josephine Zhuga and Louisa Musaerenge for their compassionate assistance to one of our supporters who came to us today in considerable distress.

 

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: 43 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·        Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 15th December 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.

·        Film ‘Robert Mugabe: Villain or Hero’. Saturday 15th December at 2 pm. Venue: British Film Institute, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT. There will be a panel / audience discussion. For full details: http://tinyurl.com/mugabe-villain-or-hero.

·        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 organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization 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). To download the band’s theme song Vigil Yedu 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.

·        To sponsor the Mike Campbell Foundation expedition ‘Sailing across the Makgadikgadi Pans’ which will raise money for the work of the Foundation, go to www.justgiving.com/Mike-Campbell-Foundation.

·        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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