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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 25th September 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 September 2010 16:00

Vigil supporters were interested to see that Morgan Tsvangirai has at last admitted the violent truth about the constitutional outrage programme, now nearly a year behind schedule, gobbling donor money and going nowhere.   

We at the Vigil are not surprised by Mr Tsvangirai’s comments. Nothing he says surprises us any more. His inconsistency can be relied upon just as can the consistency of Mugabe; Tsvangirai can be trusted to vacillate just as Mugabe can be sure to use violence to cling to power.  

We human rights activists, basking in the autumn sunshine outside Zimbabwe House, are caught between a sponge and a hard place. Ever since the formation of the ‘unity’ government the Vigil’s task has been particularly difficult simply because there has been no real ‘opposition’ party in Zimbabwe. ‘Why are you cluttering up the Strand?’ we are asked. ‘Your Mr Tsvangirai has tea every Monday with his friend Robert’.  

It’s been a challenge to answer this so we were relieved when the famous Zimbabwean helicopter inventor Daniel Chingoma announced the formation of the Zimbabwe Integrated Revolutionary Party (ZIRP) especially for intellectuals like us.  

Mr Chingoma said ‘there are no parties for intellectuals in Zimbabwe and that is why things are going down, especially the infrastructure. This is very bad and that is why I have formed my own party.’ (see: Chingoma’s toilet party set to fly like his chopper – http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/sep19a_2010.html#Z12). 

Mr Chingoma certainly has a revolutionary approach to political campaigning: ‘Since the ZBC TV and Radio only allow Zanu-PF to advertise I will do so in toilets. Everyone goes to the toilet and so I have decided to put up my posters in the toilets for both men and women’. 

The Vigil now understands the reason why Professor Mutambara has not been seen for the past month – preventing any progress in the GPA negotiations: he has been putting up intellectual posters in lavatories. 

At the Vigil we have huge reinforced plastic portable male urinals delivered by lorries when we pack up on Saturday evenings. We would be only too happy to display Mr Chingoma’s posters on them. 

As well as multi-brained Mutambara, another well-known ‘intellectual’ seems to have been attracted by the revolutionary Zimbabwe lavatory project. He is Beamish Branson, Britain’s billionaire Virgin chief, who is urging the world to invest in Zimbabwe. (Zimbabwe helicopters are the way forward – see: Richard Branson urges world to invest Zimbabwe, http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/sep22_2010.html#Z4). 

The Vigil is beguiled by the prospect of Branson leading his Virgins to save Zimbabwe. Surely he must know that Zimbabwe is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, run by gangsters who enjoy impunity from prosecution and that there is no rule of law or respect for property? Welcome to the jewel of Africa, Mr Branson. 

Other points
·      During the week the Vigil sent the following message to the South American so-called Anglican cleric who invited Mugabe to Ecuador to receive an honorary doctorate. ‘Dear Revd Dr Walter Roberto Crespo: the Zimbabwe Vigil wishes to add our support to Genocide Watch in protest at your proposal to honour Robert Mugabe. We are exiled Zimbabweans who are have been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past 8 years in protest at human rights abuses by the Mugabe regime and in support of free and fair elections which seem as far away as ever. Many of us are Anglicans who have been locked out of our churches in Zimbabwe by Mugabe. As an academic institution we would hope that you would do some research into the situation in Zimbabwe before honouring a despot. We would be only too happy to help you. As it is, your proposed action does you no credit within the Anglican community who have been praying day and night for the suffering people of Zimbabwe to be delivered from the hands of the murderous Mugabe regime. You will be aware of the Old Testament reading from last Sunday 'The harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved'. We have since learnt that Dr Crespo is a friend of the notorious Zimbabwean renegade Bishop Nolbert Kunonga. He has also been in jail for gun-running (see: http://geoconger.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/questions-over-anglican-honours-claim-for-robert-mugabe-the-church-of-england-newspaper-sept-3-2010-p-7/).
·       The Vigil is marking its 8th anniversary on Saturday 9th October. Please come and join us. More information to follow.
·       Congratulations to long-term supporters Agnes Zengeya on the birth of her baby last week.   

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website. 

FOR THE RECORD:  141 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       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.
·       ROHR Woking general meeting. Saturday 2nd October 2010 from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Ravenswood Court, Hillview Road, Woking GU22 7NR. Contact: Isaac Mudzamiri 07774044873, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113 or P Mapfumo on 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·       Zimbabwe Vigil’s 8th Anniversary. Saturday 9th October from 2 – 6 pm.
·       ROHR Liverpool Vigil. Saturday 9th October from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark), Liverpool City Centre. For details please contact: Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161. Future demonstration: 9th October. Same time and venue.
·       ROHR Stevenage general meeting. Saturday 16th October. Venue: Poplars Bandley Hill Community Centre, Magpie Crescent, Stevenage, Herts SG2 9RZ from 1.30 – 5.30. ROHR Executive present. Contact Jemitas Mare 07570191705, K Mashonganyika 07962383872 or P Mapfumo 07915926323, 07932216070.
·       ROHR Wolverhampton relaunch meeting. Date to be advised. Venue: Heath Town Community Centre, 208 Chevril Rise, Wolverhampton WV10 0HP. It's time for you to join in the Struggle for Peace, Justice and Freedom for Zimbabwe. Contact P Chibanguza 07908406069, P Nkomo 07817096594, P Dunduru 07958386718, D Mtendereki 07771708800 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.  
·       Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts.
·       Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil.
·       ‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email confirmation of your order and postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA. All proceeds go to the Budiriro Trust which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe
·       Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part. 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 18th September 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 September 2010 15:19

Comrade Mugabe – despite reports of ill-health – was fit enough to join our demonstration outside the South African High Commission.  But mentally he seems to have lost it, judging by the mis-spellings in the poster he was carrying: ‘SADC Final: Mugabwe 10, Zumabwe 0’. But the scornful message was clear. 

The demonstration marked the expiry of the 30-day deadline given by SADC for the leaders of the unity government to settle the issues outstanding from the Global Political Agreement signed two years ago this month. Their contempt for Zuma and SADC in general can be seen from a statement by MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa that neither negotiators nor principals had even had a meeting to discuss the deadline (see: http://www.theindependent.co.zw/local/
27951-tsvangirai-meets-zuma-over-poll-roadmap.html
). 
 

Highlight of the day was supporters wearing mourning bands  toyi-toying down the Strand from South Africa House accompanied by drumming and holding banners and posters  such as ‘Mugabe betrays Southern Africa’, ‘No more Mugabe lies’, ‘Zimbabwe Coalition Kills’, ‘No returning of Zimbabwean refugees by South Africa’ and ‘Two years since sell-out agreement to form Zimbabwean unity government. Result: no rule of law, continued human rights abuses, no democracy, unemployment at 90%, no media freedom, tyrant Mugabe still in power, looting of blood diamonds’.  

·        Thanks to Patrick Nyamwanza who took the part of Mugabe and to Josephine Zhuga and Rashiwe Bayisayi in their blood-stained tshirts (courtesy of the free ketchup pots in MacDonalds across the road).
·        We were  happy to be joined by our Swazi friend and supporter Thobile Gwebu  just released from detention.  She told Vigil supporters how grateful she was for their support in preventing her deportation and ending her detention.
·        On the last Vigil of summer – when it is becoming cooler in the evening – we were grateful for hot food from Augustine Makora and Edward Mutamiswa who brought a delicious stew of pig’s trotters (and a vegetarian alternative) to sell to Vigil supporters. All proceeds were donated to the Vigil.
·        We enjoyed a cake to celebrate the birthday of Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.   

FOR THE RECORD: 203 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       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.
·       IOM Live Video Conference with Returnees in Zimbabwe. Wednesday 22nd September from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: International Organisation for Migration, 21 Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RR. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please call 020 7808 1083 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Lunch will be provided.
·       ROHR Coventry general meeting. Saturday 25th September from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: 90a Paynes Lane, Coventry CV1 5JH. ROHR National Executive and a well known lawyer present. Contact V.J Mujeye 07534034594, Matambanashe Sibanda 07886660392, Pauline Makuwere 07575265710, P. Mapfumo 07932216070/07915926323 or P Chibanguza 07908406069.
·       ROHR Liverpool Vigil. Saturday 25th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark), Liverpool City Centre. For details please contact: Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161. Future demonstration: 9th October. Same time and venue.
·       ROHR Basildon and Thurrock general meeting. Saturday 25th September from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: WRVS, Richmond Road, BenfleetEssex. ROHR executive members present. Contact Tobokwa Malikogwa  07865156381, Nhamo E Kumumvuri 07623337115 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·       LoveZim International Prayer Day. Sunday 26th September. LoveZim is asking that people join them in prayer for Zimbabwe on this day. For more information check: www.lovezim.com. ·       Zimbabwe Vigil’s 8th Anniversary. Saturday 9th October from 2 – 6 pm.
·       ROHR Wolverhampton relaunch meeting. Date to be advised. Venue: Heath Town Community Centre, 208 Chevril Rise, Wolverhampton WV10 0HP. It's time for you to join in the Struggle for Peace, Justice and Freedom for Zimbabwe. Contact P Chibanguza 07908406069, P Nkomo 07817096594, P Dunduru 07958386718, D Mtendereki 07771708800 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·       ROHR Woking general meeting. Saturday 2nd October  from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Ravenswood Court, Hillview Road, Woking GU22 7NR. Contact: Isaac Mudzamiri 07774044873, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113 or P Mapfumo on 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·       ROHR Stevenage general meeting. Saturday 16th October. Venue: Poplars Bandley Hill Community Centre, Magpie Crescent, Stevenage, Herts SG2 9RZ from 1.30 – 5.30. ROHR Executive present. Contact Jemitas Mare 07570191705, K Mashonganyika 07962383872 or P Mapfumo 07915926323, 07932216070 
·       Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts.
·       Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil.
·       ‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email confirmation of your order and postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA. All proceeds go to the Budiriro Trust which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe
·       Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part.                                    

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 11th September 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 September 2010 14:53

Vigil supporters will wear mourning bands next Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the signing of the abortive Global Political Agreement. The demonstration will also mark the failure of the Mugabe regime to meet the 30 day deadline set at the SADC summit for a settlement of the outstanding issues in the GPA.  

The Vigil had hoped to be redundant by now but this dysfunctional ‘unity’ government has produced nothing but new life for Mugabe.  Vigil supporters will carry posters to the South African High Commission to underline our demand that President Zuma should take the gloves off in dealing with Mugabe. If South Africa is serious about   booting out Zimbabwean refugees at the end of the year it will have to ensure they have a homeland safe to return to.  

‘They chopped at my leg as if it was firewood. I remember seeing my leg where they threw it, the shoe still on it’. This was the testimony of an MDC activist featured in an exhibition of photographs in London taken by an award winning Getty Images photographer who traveled anonymously to Zimbabwe last year. See: www.prisonersofconscience.org 

The first photograph shows: ‘This young burns victim sits alone in his room. He is a former MDC activist who now has limited use of his hands and is blind in one eye’.  

Another photograph was accompanied by the caption: ‘He was taken with 4 men and a woman to a Zanu-PF militia base where the female captive was gutted with a knife in front of their eyes, her corpse tossed into the cells with the remaining captives. Each was told the day they were going to die. They were each made to drink 750 mls of liquid glue every day which caused chronic diarrhoea and poisoning. Another man was stabbed to death and when one of the remaining captives refused to cut up the dead bodes so that they could be disposed of, the torturers cut off his feet’. 

Have you got the message President Zuma? A brochure produced by the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund, which organised the exhibition, says: ‘Zimbabwe is a ruined land. A formerly thriving breadbasket of African opportunity, its leaders have reduced it to a failed state of mass exodus to the South and mass poverty and brutality within. There is no state structure for her people, only dictatorship and repression by Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party cronies. Zanu PF has been careful to hold onto absolute control of the army, the police, the banks and the mines. These give Mugabe control and allow for the brutalisation of the Zimbabwean people to continue despite the supposed changes this transition period is meant to bring’. 

This is the Zimbabwe that Zuma wants to send exiles back to: ‘A week later his body was discovered in the bush. The government post-mortem recorded ‘decomposition’ as the cause of death’. Decomposed . . . that’s Zimbabwe alright. Another picture: ‘A severely ill HIV positive young woman alone in a one bedroom shack in an township in Harare. She says “my parents are dead, my brother and everyone I know is unemployed. I have nothing. That is why I am dying now”.’ 

One of the people President Zuma proposes to deport is picture number 042: ‘This crippled man aged 32 stands on crutches outside his room in Johannesburg . . . ‘ This was his last experience of Zanu PF: ‘he managed to drag himself off the road despite his two broken legs, multiple other broken bones and 3 shattered vertebrae.’  

This is what the Vigil wants from South Africa: African solidarity. What we mean by that is not African dictators’ solidarity but help so that we can have free and fair elections. Mugabe says he wants elections next year because he thinks he can bludgeon his way to another victory. South Africa must insist that violence should not determine the outcome of the next elections or we will have more pictures like the ones in the exhibition.  

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check: http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline. 

FOR THE RECORD: 186 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       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.
·       Ministering to the Diaspora: a case study of Zimbabweans in Britain. Wednesday 15th September from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Venue: Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, SS Philip & James Church, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR. A conference to help identify unique needs, the services Christian organizations are offering and can offer (but are not), identifying what more needs to be done and how this might be achieved, and drawing up a co-ordinated action plan. For more information, contact: Clayton Peel, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01865 882 421.
·       Protest to mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Zimbabwean Global Political Agreement. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 6 pm.
·       ROHR Bristol demonstration. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: 10 St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4ZU. Opposite the Hippodrome by the water sprinklers. ROHR President attending. Contact: Ronald Oputeri 07799893695, Bridgita Mubaiwa 07789084534, Emelia Sydney 07733816947, Cecelia Ndhlovu 07545118593, Agnes Chidhakwa 07838773268, P Mapfumo 07915926323.
·       ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 5.30 pm. Venue: St Augustine’s Church, Upper Dale Road, Derby DE23 8BP. ROHR executive members present so those with questions here is your chance. Contact Tsitsi Razawe 07773649330, Wonder Katurura 07858699224, P Chibanguza 07908406069 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070
·       ROHR Stoke-on-Trent general meeting. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Christ Church, Tunstall High Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5XG.  ROHR executive members present. For info contact David R Mugwira 07833943494, Maxwell Dube 07533349840, Pauline Mtema 07850462301, Faith Pemba 07780594852, P Chibanguza 07908406069/07534626040 or P Mapfumo on 07915926323/07932216070
·       ROHR Yorkshire general meeting. Saturday 18th September  from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Dock Green Inn, Ashley  Rd , Leeds LS9 7AB. Contact Chinofunga Ndoga 07877993826, Prosper Mudamvanji 07897594874, Wonder Mubaiwa 07958758568,Donna Mugoni 07748828913 or R Chifungo 07795070609
·       IOM Live Video Conference with Returnees in Zimbabwe. Wednesday 22nd September from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: International Organisation for Migration, 21 Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RR. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please call 020 7808 1083 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Lunch will be provided.
·       ROHR Coventry general meeting. Saturday 25th September from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: 90a Paynes Lane, Coventry CV1 5JH. ROHR National Executive and a well known lawyer present. Contact V.J Mujeye 07534034594, Matambanashe Sibanda 07886660392, Pauline Makuwere 07575265710, P. Mapfumo 07932216070/07915926323 or P Chibanguza 07908406069.
·       ROHR Basildon and Thurrock general meeting. Saturday 25th September from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: WRVS, Richmond Road, BenfleetEssex. ROHR executive members present. Contact Tobokwa Malikogwa  07865156381, Nhamo E Kumumvuri 07623337115 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·       LoveZim International Prayer Day. Sunday 26th September. LoveZim is asking that people join them in prayer for Zimbabwe on this day. For more information check: www.lovezim.com.
·       Zimbabwe Vigil’s 8th Anniversary. Saturday 9th October from 2 – 6 pm.
·       Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts.
·       Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil.
·       ‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email confirmation of your order and postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA. All proceeds go to the Budiriro Trust which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe
·       Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part. 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 4th September 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 14:12

Most of us at the Vigil have relatives or friends who have taken refuge in South Africa. This is hardly surprising given that an estimated 1 in 4 Zimbabweans have fled the Mugabe meltdown. We know of the hardships refugees in South Africa have suffered but we were shocked to hear that the Zuma government has now announced measures which could see many of them sent back to Zimbabwe at the end of the year (http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article638337.ece/
End-of-the-line-for-illegal-Zim-nationals
).

Explaining the decision, government spokesman Themba Maseko said ‘We believe that some form of stability has returned to Zimbabwe’. The Vigil believes that people sent home to poverty, starvation and abuse will not thank the schizophrenic MDC which has been telling two contradictory stories: complaining at home of victimisation while proclaiming to the outside world that things are getting better. 

Take the case of Tsvangirai’s beautician Theresa Makone, promoted from make-up and hair-styling to the dizzying depths of co-minister of Home Affairs. Now she is trying to make the police look beautiful.  The police, she told the Zimbabwe Independent, were now executing their duties in a professional manner. Continuing her cosmetic wizardry, she went on ‘I can assure you that everything has been looked at and there is no more hiding behind a finger of someone powerful. As I speak right now everything is being effected – all court orders are being implemented, work is being done as the country moves forward. We are doing our job . . . The Zimbabwe Republic Police is doing what it was mandated to do’ (see: http://www.theindependent.co.zw/local/27867-police-have-turned-over-new-leaf--makone-.html). 

We are told that – now the World Cup is over – there is hardly a day in South Africa that passes without negative comments about Zimbabweans (see: http://www.swradioafrica.com/news
030910/zum aput030910.htm
). So it is not surprising that the government there grasps at MDC fantasies and looks to get rid of unwanted refugees despite the manifest failure of the interim government to end human rights abuses and revive the comatose economy.  
 

We in the UK are also fearful of being dispatched to the mercies of this dysfunctional government and we urge South Africa to think again before sending Zimbabweans back to Mugabe. Our view is that Pretoria’s persistent failure to stand by its proclaimed democratic principles has betrayed Zimbabweans. We warn them that if they do not deal honestly with us South Africans will face the same fate as Zimbabweans.  Can they seriously think that things are going alright in Zimbabwe when the regime has resumed jamming of outside broadcasts? (see: http://www.cathybuckle.com/index.php?id=7).   

Other points
·       The BBC rebroadcast a moving documentary about the plight of children in Zimbabwe: ’Zimbabwe’s forgotten children’. Many passers-by said they didn’t realise how bad things were.
·       Our partner organisation in Zimbabwe, Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR), is involved in a new peace building initiative launched on 31st August. It is to be spearheaded by ROHR and three other civil society organizations, Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and Victims Action Committee under the banner ‘You and I can make peace happen’. (See: http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/Latest-News-from-ROHR-in-Zimbabwe/).
·       A benefactor has made available copies of Zimbabwean human rights activist Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe ‘Through the Darkness’. See review: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article2510767.ece). See our ‘Event and Notices’ section for how to obtain a copy. All proceeds will be donated to the Budiriro Trust, which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe.
·       Thanks to Anthony Webb-Martin who gave us an archive of past issues of the Zimbabwean.  They were gratefully received by Vigil team member Patson Muzuwa. We are often asked for past copies of the newspaper.
·       Our Swazi friend Thobile Gwebu is still in detention.  We are helping to secure bail for her and hope she will be free soon.  

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check: http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline. 

FOR THE RECORD: 163 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       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.
·       ROHR Manchester general meeting. Saturday 11th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester, M13 9UB. ROHR Founder, National Chairperson and executive members present. Contact Fenny Nyatsanza 07886310005, P A Karimanzira 07538534375, Charter Madzivanyika 07747141835 or A Mungoyo on 07939913688
·       Ministering to the Diaspora: a case study of Zimbabweans in Britain. Wednesday 15th September from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Venue: Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, SS Philip & James Church, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR. A conference to help identify unique needs, the services Christian organizations are offering and can offer (but are not), identifying what more needs to be done and how this might be achieved, and drawing up a co-ordinated action plan. For more information, contact: Clayton Peel, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01865 882 421.
·       Vigil protest to mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Zimbabwean Global Political Agreement. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, London.
·       ROHR Bristol demonstration. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX. ROHR President attending. Contact: Ronald Oputeri 07799893695, Bridgita Mubaiwa 07789084534, Emelia Sydney 07733816947,Cecelia Ndhlovu 07545118593, Agnes Chidhakwa 07838773268, P Mapfumo  07915926323.
·       ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 5.30 pm. Venue: St Augustine’s Church, Upper Dale Road, Derby DE23 8BP. ROHR National Executive present so those with questions here is your chance. Contact: Tsitsi Razawe 07773649330, Wonder Katurura 07858699224, P Chibanguza 07908406069 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070
·       ROHR Stoke-on-Trent general meeting. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Christ Church, Tunstall High Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5XG. ROHR executive members present. For info contact David R Mugwira 07833943494, Maxwell Dube 07533349840, Pauline Mtema 07850462301, Faith Pemba 07780594852, P Chibanguza 07908406069/07534626040 or P Mapfumo on 07915926323/07932216070
·       ROHR Yorkshire general meeting. Saturday 18th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Dock Green Inn, Ashley  Rd, Leeds LS9 7AB. Contact Chinofunga Ndoga 07877993826, Prosper Mudamvanji 07897594874, Wonder Mubaiwa 07958758568,Donna Mugoni 07748828913 or R Chifungo 07795070609
·       IOM Live Video Conference with Returnees in Zimbabwe. Wednesday 22nd September from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: International Organisation for Migration, 21 Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RR. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please call 020 7808 1083 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Lunch will be provided.
·       ROHR Coventry general meeting. Saturday 25th September from 1 – 5 pm. Venue: 90a Paynes Lane, Coventry CV1 5JH. ROHR National Executive and a well known lawyer present. Contact V.J Mujeye 07534034594, Matambanashe Sibanda 07886660392, Pauline Makuwere 07575265710, P. Mapfumo 07932216070/07915926323 or P Chibanguza 07908406069.
·       Zimbabwe Vigil’s 8th Anniversary. Saturday 9th October from 2 – 6 pm.
·       Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts
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Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil
·       ‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email your order and postal address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send a postal order or cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA.
·       Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part. 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 28th August 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 29 August 2010 15:44

Halfway through the 30 day period given by SADC to the interim government to resolve their differences there has been no discernible movement and the Vigil doubts there will be. So we are preparing to hold a demonstration on 18th September to mark the failure of the latest SADC initiative and the second anniversary of the misconceived agreement under which the MDC submitted to Mugabe.   

Vigil members will wear black armbands to mark the occasion in what we intend to be a rebuke to the MDC leadership for their abject betrayal of their faithful supporters. Certainly, as far as the UK is concerned, MDC members have been left bewildered by the failure of Harare to resolve the problem of the dissolved UK and Ireland leadership.  Now we hear stories that Tsvangirai signed up to a crazy proposal to link the appointment of governors to the lifting of targeted sanctions.  

Vigil supporters have heard denials of this but on the other hand we have always been puzzled why the MDC agreed two years ago to sign up to the GPA which committed them to call for an end to sanctions and broadcasts by SW Radio Africa and Voice of America. Vigil supporters clearly remember a meeting in London at which we were shown the agreement with this crazy provision. Tsvangirai signed up to it so we can well believe that he will give in to other Zanu PF demands. 

Further anxiety about the prospects for democracy in Zimbabwe were prompted by an ominous interview given to Violet Gonda of SW Radio Africa by the departing Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Sten Rylander. See: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/aug27_2010.html#Z18.   

The Vigil responded to an invitation to comment on the interview and here is what we said: “The Vigil is disappointed by Ambassador Rylander’s wimpish remarks. Despite all the evidence of unrelenting abuse of the GPA by Zanu PF, he says he is leaving on 'a note of optimism', that Zimbabwe is 'on the right track', 'space is opening up', the constitution-making process is 'going better than expected', the three parties are 'coming together' and there is 'no stalemate'. Where has Rylander been for the past few years? He is complacent about the stolen elections and blind to the realities.  Mr Rylander says elections next year would be too early. The Vigil's view is that there will always be reasons to postpone elections if Zanu PF abuses are not curbed. On this logic will there ever be elections again? He calls for 'out of the box' thinking - our guess is that this is code for caving into Mugabe. We fear that a similar delusional message has been coming from the British Ambassador.” 

It’s a pity My Rylander hasn’t had a word with MDC Senator Mishek Marave who said recently: "Since we joined the Inclusive Government, not a single day has gone by without the police harassing, intimidating and persecuting MDC officials and supporters. The same police force treat us with contempt, disrespect and scorn while showing favouritism and granting special privileges to Zanu PF and its supporters. . . They (Zanu PF) have a free pass to do as they please and are never held accountable. They are simply untouchable." 

What depressed Zimbabwe Vigil supporters is that Mr Rylander’s line is remarkably similar to one we have been getting from the British government: “things in Zimbabwe are not perfect but they are getting better, the opposition is part of the government, things are moving forward . . . In other words all you exiles should obey Mr Tsvangirai’s summons and go home and get out of our hair”. As one Vigil supporter said “Thinking outside the box means things are not working in the box”. So we can expect a favourable response to a new appeal by Mr Tsvangirai to lift targeted sanctions before they are renewed next February. But by then Mugabe will probably be in his own box and it will be a different ballgame . . .

Other points
·       Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani was on a panel at a screening of ‘Mugabe and the White African’ in London on Thursday.  Director Lucy Bailey was very pleased to have a black Zimbabwean’s views.  Dumi stressed that the problems in Zimbabwe were not caused by the white farmers and the land issue but by a corrupt government determined to stay in power at all costs. He received a round of applause at the end of the event.
·       We are grateful to an unidentified passer-by who gave use £20 to support our work.  He does this regularly and doesn’t wait for thanks.
·       Despite our apprehension about possible change in the British government’s policy on returning failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe, several Vigil supporters have recently been successful in their applications to remain in the UK.
·       We were glad to be joined today by two long-term members of the Vigil, Gugu Tutani and Agnes Zengeya, both of whom have babies due in October.  We are opening a book on who’s first. 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check: http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline. 

FOR THE RECORD: 153 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       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.
·       Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children. This documentary will be shown again on BBC 2 on Tuesday 31st August at 9 pm. 
·       ROHR Liverpool Vigil. Saturday 4th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark), Liverpool City Centre. For details please contact: Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161. 
·       ROHR Harlow general meeting. Saturday 4th September from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: St James and St Lukes Church, Perry Road, Harlow CM18 7NP. Contact: Clement 07879123783, Bothwell 07725208657, llyod  07883695970, Paradzai Mapfumo  07915926323.
·       ROHR Woking general meeting. Saturday 4th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Ravens Wood Court, Hillview Road, Woking GU22 7NR. Contact: Isaac Mudzamiri 07774044873, Sithokozile Hlokana 07886203113 or P Mapfumo on 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·       ROHR Manchester general meeting. Saturday 11th September from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester, M13 9UB. ROHR Founder, National Chairperson and executive members present. Contact Fenny Nyatsanza 07886310005, P A Karimanzira 07538534375, Charter Madzivanyika 07747141835 or A Mungoyo on 07939913688
·       Ministering to the Diaspora: a case study of Zimbabweans in Britain. Wednesday 15th September from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Venue: Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, SS Philip & James Church, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR. A conference to help identify unique needs, the services Christian organizations are offering and can offer (but are not), identifying what more needs to be done and how this might be achieved, and drawing up a co-ordinated action plan. For more information, contact: Clayton Peel, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01865 882 421.
·       IOM Live Video Conference with Returnees in Zimbabwe. Wednesday 22nd September from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: International Organisation for Migration, 21 Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RR. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please call 020 7808 1083 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Lunch will be provided.
·       Vigil Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts
·       Vigil Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zimbabwevigil
·       Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking part.

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