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Size 46B for Biti – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 1st June 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 June 2013 15:10

The Vigil applauds Tendai Biti’s promise that an MDC government will firmly support action on corruption. All public officials will be required to declare their assets every year. ‘Guys I have four underwear,’ he told SW Radio Africa. ‘Guys I’ve got four vests. Guys I’ve got four bras – size 46B.’ (see: HOT SEAT: (Part 2) Tendai Biti says MDC government will target multiple farmers – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/may30_2013.html#Z21).

 

We would like to check next year if Mr Biti is still size 46B but, sadly, the Vigil doesn’t think it’s likely that the MDC will form the next government, having allowed themselves to be out-manoeuvred by Zanu PF for four years to the extent that there is no time left to ensure a level playing field for the elections that Zanu PF’s tame judges say must be held by the end of next month.

 

The Zimbabwe Action Forum, at our fortnightly meeting after the Vigil, was pessimistic about next Sunday’s SADC summit in Maputo. Speakers did not think the summit would force Mugabe to make real reforms to the security sector, the media and the electoral process.

 

We were joined by Andy Moyse of the Zimbabwe Media Monitoring Project, who took a similar view. ‘Zanu PF will control the elections as they have always done’, he said. ‘As for security reforms, they can’t be done in 30 or 60 days. Any reforms will be purely cosmetic’.

 

Andy went on to say ‘Some people think there will be another GNU but I’m not sure. I don’t think Zanu PF will tolerate another GNU. I think there will be a 51.5% victory for Mugabe. The military can’t consider an MDC victory.’

 

The meeting was chaired by Ephraim Tapa, leader of ROHR and Zimbabwe Yes We Can. He said the MDC leadership seemed to have lost its appetite for change. Years had gone by and Tomana and Gono were still in office, there were no MDC governors or permanent secretaries – all once non-negotiable MDC demands. Ephraim said the West appeared to be preparing for a Zanu PF government, perhaps with some MDC people for PR purposes. The Vigil doubts that Mr 46B will be among those clasped to the bosom of Zanu PF as they will be anxious to restore the good old Zimbabwe dollar to ‘boost the economy’.

 

Other points

·         Vigil management team member Fungayi Mabhunu, a tireless supporter of the Swaziland Vigil, was invited to speak on a discussion programme: ‘Swaziland 2013 elections: A shameless sham democracy’ on the TV station Africa Today. To see a video of the programme, go to: http://youtu.be/qieEj8s3sM8.

·         Vigil supporter Kudaushe Matimba (formerly of the Bhundu Boys) has asked us to advise people of a concert by Mokoomba, a Zimbabwean band. They are performing from 7.40 on Wednesday 5th June at the Jazz Café, Parkway NW1 7PG. For more information, check:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/365115573603897/?fref=ts.

·         The International Bar Association are presenting a film: ‘Beatrice Mtetwa and the rule of law’ at 7.45 pm on Tuesday 18th June at the London School of Economics in Houghton Street WC2A 2AE. There will be a question and answer session with Beatrice and admission is free. For more information, check ‘Events and Notices’.

 

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: 52 signed the register.

 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·         ROHR Executive meeting and Cambridge branch meeting. Saturday 8th June from 11 am – 5 pm. Venue: St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH. For more details contact Deon 07786674066, Mubaiwa 07846170094 and Robart 07902790313.

         ROHR Midlands Region Fundraising. Saturday 15th June from 2 pm – 2 am. Venue: Malaika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, B19 1NS, Birmingham. Food (BBQ) and Drinks, Music and Dance, Raffle etc. Contact: Zenzile Chabuka 07951418577, JaneMary Mapfumo 07412310429, Tafadzwa Mushakwe 07551873256, Enniah Dube  07403439707, Elector Zvorwadza 07905831330, Tecla Bandawe 07450507650, Pedzisai James 07428180518, Petronella Mapara 07903644612 and Anne Chikumba 07857528546.

         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 15th June from 6.30 – 9.30 pm.  Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. 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.

         Screening of ‘Beatrice Mtetwa and the rule of law’. Tuesday 18th June at 7.45 pm. Venue: London School of Economics, New Theatre, East Building, Houghton Street WC2A 2AE. There will be a question and answer session with Beatrice and the event is free. For the film trailer, check: http://vimeo.com/58496261, For more information, check: http://www.ibanet.org/mtetwafilm.aspx and to register for tickets, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012.  Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 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.

         Facebook pages:

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

-         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

-         ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835

         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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