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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 28th November 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 November 2009 21:04

The Vigil is not surprised that the MDC UK and Ireland Province has been suspended by the party’s leadership in Harare. A letter from MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti spoke of financial irregularities, poor performance and ‘disfunctionality’ (see scanned copy on http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157622770117445/). The Vigil could add many other reasons. Since former Assistant Police Commissioner Jonathan Chawora was foisted on the membership going on 2 years ago, the MDC in the UK has gone steadily downhill. All its efforts have gone into fundraising but it seems Harare has seen none of the funds. Where has the money gone?  The Vigil has a good idea.  

Well, the party leaders in Harare are to send an investigating committee to find out.  The Vigil can tell the committee that the disgraced UK Executive has done nothing to publicise the plight of Zimbabwe or promote the party to the British public. Instead it has devoted its energy to trying to undermine the Vigil – sometimes with veiled threats of violence. We remember Hebson Makuvise, Tsvangirai’s uncle and representative in the UK, angrily waving his fists, trying to take over a vigil. (Hebson has been nominated as Ambassador to Germany – let’s hope he’s learned some diplomacy.)   

Although Vigil supporters were pleased that action had finally been taken against the MDC bullies in the UK, many people expressed their impatience at the slow pace of talks in Harare: belatedly started on Monday only to be suspended on Wednesday, with Welshman Ncube openly scoffing at SADC’s timetable.   

There is growing suspicion among Vigil supporters that the politicians in Harare are happy to see things drag on until elections in 2013.  Their attitude seems to be: ‘as long as we have our jobs and cars and official business trips to Peru, Nepal, Azerbaijan or anywhere we can go on talking forever.’  

The Vigil trusts that President Zuma will knock heads together. (He will have to knock very hard otherwise they won’t notice!) Fourteen months after the GPA there has been zero progress on the rule of law, freedom of the media – or just about anything. With our politicians left to their own devices we doubt that there every will be.  

Similar pessimism was expressed on Wednesday at a meeting in London at the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum’s offices attended by Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlungu of WOZA, fresh from their wonderful reception by President Obama in Washington. The London meeting was attended by Josephine Zhuga and  Sue and Francesca Toft from the Vigil who reported there was deep concern about the human rights situation in rural Zimbabwe. There was criticism that the MDC were not reaching these areas. 

Similar comments were made by Gertrude Hambara, General Secretary of the General Agricultural and Plant Workers Union of Zimbabwe, who dropped in at the Vigil. Earlier in the week she had addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Zimbabwe and said the MDC needed to move into rural communities before they became ‘no-go areas’.  Gertrude told the Committee that the so-called land reform programme had displaced about 350,000 farm workers, affecting two million people when their families were included. 

The Vigil has been invited to take part in a demonstration to mark Human Rights Day on 10th December in Trafalgar Square. More details next week. 


For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/
 

FOR THE RECORD: 188 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           ROHR Christmas party. Saturday 5th December, time tba. Venue: Coronation Hall, Stoke Road, Water Eaton, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3AB. Stations: Bletchley (nearest) or Central Milton Keynes. Use Bus 5 from both stations. Parking: additional parking is available in the Veterinary Practice next door and on the gravelled area to the front of the Practice building. Further parking is available in the Plough Public House approx 100metres from the hall. Please do not obstruct the public footpath or highway or hamper access to the neighbouring properties. Contact: Martha Jiya 07727016098, Pamela Dunduru 07958386718, Jemias V Mujeyi 07534034594, Rodah Kulhengisa 07983057533 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070
·           ROHR Brighton general meeting. Saturday 12th December from 1 – 4 pm. Venue: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG. Rohr executives present and a well known lawyer. Substantive committee to be elected. Contact Sinikiwe Dube 07824668763, Wellington Mamvura 07949595506 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·           Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 21st November 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 November 2009 17:36

Is it time to campaign for targeted sanctions against some MDC leaders? The question was discussed at the Vigil with some animation on the day President Zuma of South Africa was supposed to visit Harare to discuss progress towards implementing the GPA.  Trouble is there hasn’t been any.   

The SADC Troika, meeting in Maputo on 5th November, agreed on the urgency of the matter and ordered that talks between the three parties should be under way by 21st November and wrapped up by 6th December.  Needless to say nothing has happened. Zimbabweans may be dying but there is Christmas shopping to be done.   

While the other negotiators kicked their heels, the two MDC-Mutambara representatives, Welshman Ncube and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, made sure they were away on an all expenses paid trip overseas, apparently a ministerial meeting in Europe of the World Trade Organisation. Big deal.  

Their intention was clear: delay these SADC talks as long as possible if we still want a job and travel perks. That’s why many members of the Vigil favoured extending targeted sanctions against these non-negotiators so that they will be forced to stay at home and do what they are paid to do.   

The Vigil appeals to President Zuma to force these self-serving obstructionists to comply with the SADC plan for the liberation of Zimbabwe by early elections. Mr Zuma knows what is at stake – even if Welshman and his pals have their snouts buried in the trough.   

As an incentive, the Vigil wishes to notify Mr Zuma that Vigil supporters will be encouraging him onwards every step of the way during his state visit to the UK next year.  We are grateful that he has cast aside the discredited Mbeki policies and we will try to make sure that his visit gets maximum publicity for the Zimbabwe cause.   

The Vigil was pleased at the publicity given to our petition calling for sanctions against SADC. As you may have seen from our website it was even covered by the Nyasa Times (Malawi). The years we have spent targeting SADC seem to be paying off.   

While the Vigil was taking place, one of our supporters Kudaushe Matimba, formerly of the Bundu Boys, was featured on BBC Radio 3’s programme ‘World Routes’ talking about Zimbabwean music and playing his mbira. You can listen to the programme (for the next seven days) via this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nyf0w. Strongly recommended. 

A welcome visitor was Caroline Elliott from Scotland Yard who is part of the Metropolitan Police’s Communities Together Strategic Engagement Team with special responsibility for African communities in London. Her job is to help inform them about their rights. For more information, check the Safer Neighbourhoods Website: http://www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/. There are Safer Neighbourhood teams for all over London and they deal with all kind of concerns.  On the front page of the website there is a red box where people can put in their postcodes – it will then give them contact details for their local team.  In an email sent after the Vigil, Caroline said “It was great to meet with the people I have read so much about over the past months.  And thank you for the warm welcome - as police officers we are not always welcomed so kindly!”  We can’t imagine the Zimbabwe police operating like this! 

We had a surprisingly big turnout on a very sodden day.  We were huddled tightly under our tarpaulin while the rain poured down. It was so wet we were unable to form our usual big circle at the end of the Vigil to sing the national anthem.
 
For latest Vigil pictures check:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/
 

FOR THE RECORD: 197 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           ROHR Liverpool
Demonstration. Saturday 28th November from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Liverpool City Centre, Church Street (outside Primark). Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Patrick Kushonga 07900857605, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future Demonstrations: Saturdays 12th, 19th and 26th December. Same time and venue.
·           ROHR Chelmsford general meeting. Saturday 28th November from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: 3 Stars, Trent Road, Chelmsford CM1 2LQ. Present: Amnesty International, Chelmsford Mayor, Chelmsford MP and ROHR Executive. Contact: R Mafigo 07944815190, Billy Machekano 07765459538, Martha A Magwaza 07748644911, Tendai Gwanzura 07772192679, Fungai Muzambi 07961635917 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Brighton to participate in World AIDS Day event. Saturday 28th November from 11 am – 6 pm. They have been invited to cook food and take part with other organisations and have been given a stall to advertise ROHR. Venue: Brighthelm Church and Community Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. Free food, drama and lots of entertainment. Contact: Sinikiwe Dube 07824668763, Wellington Mamvura 07949595506.
·           ROHR Woking general meeting. Saturday 28th November from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: 11 Raveswood Court, Hillview Road, Woking GU22 7NR. Contact: Isacc Mudzamiri 07774044873 or Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113.
·           ROHR Christmas party. Saturday 5th December, time tba. Venue: Coronation Hall, Stoke Road, Water Eaton, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3AB. Stations: Bletchley (nearest) or Central Milton Keynes. Use Bus 5 from both stations. Parking: additional parking is available in the Veterinary Practice next door and on the gravelled area to the front of the Practice building. Further parking is available in the Plough Public House approx 100metres from the hall. Please do not obstruct the public footpath or highway or hamper access to the neighbouring properties. Contact: Martha Jiya 07727016098, Pamela Dunduru 07958386718, Jemias V Mujeyi 07534034594, Rodah Kulhengisa 07983057533 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·           ROHR Brighton general meeting. Saturday 12th December from 1 – 4 pm. Venue: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG. Rohr executives present and a well known lawyer. Substantive committee to be elected. Contact Sinikiwe Dube 07824668763, Wellington Mamvura 07949595506 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·           Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·           Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
·           Vote for Betty Makoni of Girl Child Network as one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2009 via this link: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/.   

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EU petitioned to suspend aid to Malawi over bankrolling Mugabe PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 November 2009 20:53
From the Nyasa Times, November 17, 2009

Malawi has been highlighted in a petition to the EU calling for punitive action against SADC countries over Zimbabwe affairs. 

The Zimbabwe Vigil presented the petition to the EU’s Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Karel De Gucht in Brussels this week. 

The petition reads: “A Petition to European Union Governments: We record our dismay at the failure of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help the desperate people of Zimbabwe at their time of trial. “We urge the UK government and the European Union in general to suspend government to government aid to all 14 SADC countries until they abide by their joint commitment to uphold human rights in the region. We suggest that the money should instead be used to feed the starving in Zimbabwe”. 

The petition was handed over by Geoffrey Van Orden, MEP for the East of England, who received it at a ceremony last month to mark the Vigil’s seventh anniversary. 

“Our argument is that SADC countries have been derelict in their duty to Zimbabwe.  Why should countries which support Mugabe’s tyranny receive money from EU taxpayers? 

“Why, for instance, should Malawi get £70 million in balance of payments support this year from the UK alone when its people face starvation because of a reckless loan to Mugabe, which predictably has not been repaid?” reads the petition. 

SADC has ordered urgent talks in Zimbabwe to resolve differences over the Global Political Agreement. But Mugabe has shown what he thinks of this by flying off to Rome with a retinue of 60 locusts to tell the UN World Food Summit how badly Zimbabwe has been treated. 

The loan Malawi government gave Zimbabwe is also blamed to have been one of the major causes of shortages in Malawi, the country which is currently experiencing fuel shortage, power blackout on daily basis and water scarcity. 

http://www.nyasatimes.com/national/eu-petitioned-to-suspend-aid-to-malawi-over-bankrolling-mugabe.html

 
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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 14th November 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 November 2009 17:33

The Vigil’s petition to the EU calling for punitive action against SADC countries was presented in Brussels this week to the EU's Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Karel De Gucht (see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/4106409524/ for picture).  It was handed over by Geoffrey Van Orden, MEP for the East of England, who received it at a ceremony last month to mark the Vigil’s seventh anniversary.   

The petition reads: A Petition to European Union Governments: We record our dismay at the failure of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help the desperate people of Zimbabwe at their time of trial.  We urge the UK government and the European Union in general to suspend government to government aid to all 14 SADC countries until they abide by their joint commitment to uphold human rights in the region. We suggest that the money should instead be used to feed the starving in Zimbabwe”.   

Our argument is that SADC countries have been derelict in their duty to Zimbabwe.  Why should countries which support Mugabe’s tyranny receive money from EU taxpayers? Why, for instance, should Malawi get £70 million in balance of payments support this year from the UK alone when its people face starvation because of a reckless loan to Mugabe, which predictably has not been repaid? 

SADC has ordered urgent talks in Zimbabwe to resolve differences over the Global Political Agreement. But Mugabe has shown what he thinks of this by flying off to Rome with a retinue of 60 locusts to tell the UN World Food Summit how badly Zimbabwe has been treated. Will he mention that, according to the Zimbabwe Standard, the Commercial Farmers’ Union predicts the worst harvest in Zimbabwe for ten years, with less than 500 tonnes of maize against national requirements of 1.8 million tonnes? 

There was much discussion at the Vigil of prospects for the talks and there was little optimism that they would get anywhere. There was also little gratitude to Congo and Angola for sending their professional torturers to help out the army in Harare interrogating soldiers accused of stealing weapons.  

So what’s the way forward? SADC is deluded if it thinks the West will give in to wild blackmail over sanctions and if SADC wants to avoid a meltdown in Zimbabwe it must order new internationally monitored free and fair elections, as urged by President Khama of Botswana. If Mugabe refuses to play ball the region must let him go play ball by himself – until the world is forced to call the game off. 

There was a good turnout for the Vigil despite a wet and blustery day – the most challenging conditions we have had for some time, with the wind threatening to whip away our tarpaulin at any moment. 

Some points
·           We were pleased to welcome Thobile Gwebu from Swaziland.  She is planning a Swazi Vigil in London and she came to see how we did it. She was with us for the whole afternoon and joined in enthusiastically.
·           Another visitor was Frank Johnson, our American friend who has given us trillions of Zimbabwe dollars to use for promotional purposes. Perhaps he knows that Mugabe is talking of printing Zimbabwean dollars again before the end of the year.
·           Vigil supporters attended a media event in London this week for Betty Makoni, founder of Girl Child Network, who has been nominated as one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2009. Our friends Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News covered the event. Go to http://www.zbnnews.com/home/index=80 to see videos of Betty and Tare, the Zimbabwean girl who was brought to the UK to have an operation for a severe facial tumor.   
·           Thanks to Caroline Rusike for her help in clearing up at the end of the Vigil. Bystanders were impressed when she carried the tables on her head to the car.
·           Happy birthday to Vigil stalwarts Gladys Mapanda and Josephine Zhuga who both celebrated birthdays this week.
·           2 Vigil founder members came today after long absences: Jean-Francois Mercier, who now lives in South Africa, and Patience Chakanyuka. It was good to see them again. 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/ 

FOR THE RECORD:  167 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday 21st November from 1 – 6 pm. Venue: The Community Block, Pear Tree Community Junior School, Pear Tree Street, Derby DE23 8PN. Substantive committee to be elected on the day. All ROHR interim national committee present. Free parking. Contact Tsitsi Razawe 7853508681, Chipo Nhandara 07767335586, Wonder Katurura 07858699224 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Chelmsford general meeting. Saturday 28th November. Venue: 3 Stars Trent Road, Chelmsford CM1 2LQ. Present Amnesty International, Chelmsford Mayor, Chelmsford MP and ROHR Executive. Contact: R Mafigo 07944815190, Billy Machekano 07765459538, Martha A Magwaza 07748644911, Tendai Gwanzura 07772192679, Fungai Muzambi 07961635917 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Christmas party. Saturday 5th December 2009, time tba. Venue: Coronation Hall, Stoke Road, Water Eaton, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3AB. Stations: Bletchley (nearest) or Central Milton Keynes. Use Bus 5 from both stations. Parking: additional parking is available in the Veterinary Practice next door and on the gravelled area to the front of the Practice building. Futher parking is available in the Plough Public House approx 100metres from the hall. Please don’t obstruct the public footpath or highway or hamper access to the neighbouring properties. Contact: Martha Jiya 07727016098, Pamela Dunduru 07958386718, Jemias V Mujeyi 07534034594, Rodah Kulhengisa 07983057533 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·           Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
·           Vote for Betty Makoni of Girl Child Network as one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2009 via this link: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/.   

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 7th November 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 November 2009 16:36

One of our supporters summed it up. He said ‘There is a name for someone who repeatedly falls into the same trap – Tsvangirai’.  

A year ago Zanu-PF was on the ropes.  Mugabe’s credibility was gone and Gono’s reserves were down to US$5 million. Tsvangirai came to the rescue on the basis of promises which have still not been fulfilled. 

Last month (see diary of 17th October) the Vigil welcomed Tsvangirai’s disengagement from Zanu-PF. We launched a new petition: “Petition to the Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. We urge you to refuse to co-operate with President Mugabe until he respects the rule of law and complies fully with the agreement under which the Zimbabwean coalition government was formed in February.” 

People were puzzled why we phrased the petition this way when the MDC had already pulled back.  We explained in the same diary entry why we had done this: ‘We know Tsvangirai has already adopted this attitude but unfortunately he has a record of flip-flopping and we have worded the petition this way in case he changes his mind next week’. 

So the latest flip following the SADC Troika summit in Maputo came as no surprise.  Yes, talks are to take place and no doubt a few crumbs will be thrown to the MDC. But Vigil supporters see little prospect of real change – an end to hate speech and violence and a return to the rule of law…. . . .  

Does Tsvangirai really believe there has been a change of heart by His Excellency, President, Head of State and Government, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Forces, Terror of Mankind (as Orwell put it in Animal Farm) Robert Mugabe? We await the next flop – unless President Zuma really has decided to do something. 

Vigil supporters were saddened to hear of the death of MDC-T MP for Makoni Central John Nyamande in a car crash in Zimbabwe.  John was known to many of us because he attended the Vigil over many years when he lived in the UK.  Fungayi Mabhunu of the Vigil management team who knew John from home described him as a ‘true revolutionary who was committed to the liberation of the people of Zimbabwe’. Justified or not, many at the Vigil felt this was another suspicious accident. Our condolences go out to his family. 

On a happier note, we were pleased that Vimbai Mushongera, Parliamentary and Advocacy Officer of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, visited the Vigil today. She is in the UK as the guest of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the successor organization to the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Vimbai was delighted to be at the Vigil and said by our protest we were as good activists as those in Zimbabwe. She said we were doing a good job and asked us to keep up our protest. She strongly advised us not to go back to Zimbabwe – it was not safe.  Earlier in the week Fungayi met another guest of ACTSA – Vincent Dlamini of the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions.  He was interested in our Vigil and is consulting with Fungayi about how to set up a similar protest on behalf of the oppressed in Swaziland. 

We have been encouraging people to vote for Betty Makoni of Girl Child Network (GCN), one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2009 (see ‘events and notices’ below).  A media event has been organised for her on Thursday 12th November from 12 – 12.30 pm at the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Development House, 56-64 Leonard St, London EC2A 4LT. The organizers would like a good turnout of Zimbabweans.  You may remember that Betty came to the Vigil on 26th September to welcome Luka Phiri and Dumi Tutani of the Vigil management team when they arrived at the Vigil at the end of their sponsored walk from Brighton (55 miles = 2 marathons). The walk was in aid of GCN’s fundraising efforts on behalf of Tari, the Zimbabwean girl, who has now had successful surgery in London to remove a severe facial tumour.   

Many supporters commented on the big gap because of the absence of our Press Officer Dennis Benton, who hasn’t missed a Vigil in more than two years.  Dennis is the proud owner of a new hip – operated on Tuesday and home by Friday.  Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery.  Dennis was very impressed with the excellent care he has received as an NHS patient. Many other of our supporters wish to record their grateful thanks for their own treatment by the NHS.  

We were glad to welcome back to the Vigil Maxwell Muganiri who was a regular supporter before he was imprisoned for illegal working. He came back to the Vigil as soon as he was free.  Thanks to Thabani Nare who was a great help in packing up the Vigil.  

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Apologies for the poor quality this week. Somehow the camera settings were changed which meant many of the photos were blurred. 

FOR THE RECORD: 169 signed the register.  

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       Media Event for Betty Makoni. Thursday 12th November from 12 - 12.30pm. Venue: Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Development House, 56-64 Leonard St, LONDON EC2A 4LT. Betty is one of only ten people worldwide who has been selected as a CNN HERO for her work helping young victims of sexual abuse in Zimbabwe.
·       ROHR Liverpool Branch Vigil. Saturday 14th November from 2 – 4 pm.  Venue: Liverpool City Centre outside Primark. 
·       ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday 21st November from 1 – 6 pm. Venue: The Community Block, Pear Tree Community Junior School, Pear Tree Street, Derby DE23 8PN. Substantive committee to be elected on the day. All ROHR interim national committee present. Free parking. Contact Tsitsi Razawe 7853508681, Chipo Nhandara 07767335586, Wonder Katurura 07858699224 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·       ROHR Christmas party. Saturday 5th December 2009, time tba. Venue: Coronation Hall, Stoke Road, Water Eaton, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3AB. Stations: Bletchley (nearest) or Central Milton Keynes. Use Bus 5 from both stations. Parking: additional parking is available in the Veterinary Practice next door and on the gravelled area to the front of the Practice building. Futher parking is available in the Plough Public House approx 100metres from the hall. We are at no time to obstruct the public footpath or highway or hamper access to the neighbouring properties. Contact: Martha Jiya 07727016098, Pamela Dunduru 07958386718, Jemias V Mujeyi 07534034594, Rodah Kulhengisa 07983057533 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070
·       Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·       Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
·       Vote for Betty Makoni of Girl Child Network as one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2009 via this link: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/. 
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