Banner
Stone Age Attitude – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 15th December 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 16 December 2012 15:23

The results of the 2011 census in England and Wales were released this week and they show some extraordinary changes since the last stocktaking a decade earlier.

 

What naturally interested us as Zimbabweans in the UK is that the figures showed a surge in immigration which has left white British people as a minority in London.

 

Last year 7.5 million residents of England and Wales were foreign-born, making up 13% (or 1 in 8) of the population of 56.1 million. Fourteen per cent of the population described themselves as non-white.

 

People from all over the world, including us Zimbabweans, have made a home in the UK and more than 140 languages are spoken. So much for the idea that the British speak only English!  “British”? Yes, immigrants are invited to be British.

 

The situation here is in stark contrast to the Stone Age racist culture at home, where even people whose families have lived there for generations are not considered to be Zimbabweans – not only whites but Malawians, Zambians, Mozambicans etc. (Zanu PF does not discriminate in its bigotry!)

 

One of the repulsive elements in the joke of a constitution which has been accepted by all parties is institutionalized racism. Here in our new home in the UK racism is illegal. Britain embraces the new: Zimbabwe is stuck in the past.

 

For the Vigil one of the most depressing of the resolutions passed at Zanu PF’s Gweru Conference called for increased censorship of foreign broadcasts and means of communication.

 

We Zimbabweans in exile believe there is no future in shutting out the world and looking backwards.

 

Other points

·        The Vigil noted with amusement Mugabe’s comment at the Gweru conference: ‘Looking back to April 2009 when Copac was set up, after a long, inexplicable and wasted 44 months, it is clear that the electoral cowards and enemies of the values and ideal of our liberation struggle have violated public trust by abusing their participation in the GPA-mandated constitution-making process to sabotage our electoral process.’ (Zanu PF admits losing support – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/dec11_2012.html#Z8).

·        Wave after wave of jolly Father Christmases (some of them seemed to be Mother Christmases) passed the Vigil, many joining in our dancing and signing our petitions. We sold out of our stock of ‘Mugabe must go’ bracelets.

·        We had with us a student from Edinburgh making his second visit to talk to people at the Vigil about what motivated exiles to keep working for change in their home countries. He is preparing a documentary film and he remarked how friendly and helpful people at the Vigil were.

·        The distressed lady we looked after last week was put in touch with her family and is now in hospital for treatment. She phoned us today to thank the the Vigil for our help.

 

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: 38 signed the register.

 

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·        Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 29th 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.

·        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.
 

How can you help?

The Zimbabwe Vigil exists entirely on donations from the public and well wishers. You can help us by donating via a deposit into our account Thank you.