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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 22nd August 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 August 2009 14:08

An alarming picture of life under the ‘unity’ government has emerged in the wake of a mention in the Vigil diary about ‘people’s poet’ Brian Sibanda. We reported (see diary of 1st August) how he had brought along a banner expressing skepticism about the ‘3 days of national healing’. His take was ‘3 days peace. On day 4 bullet sent via post’ – a reference to the bullet sent to Tendai Biti.  Brian says that within days of our report (accompanied by a picture of him) appearing in the Zimbabwean, his family home in Zimbabwe was raided by 3 policemen. They compared photographs of him there with his picture in the newspaper (6-12 August) and spoke angrily about Zimbabweans in the UK.   

Here is the text of an email that was sent to Brian: ‘Bhudi Tha.i hope i find you well.ndoda things arent happening doen this side.your picture appeared on one of our local newspapers this week and it has caused commotion in Lobengula even uDube usaBen saw it. Izolo emini 3 policemen were at home again yesterday. They were asking questions about our family most of them about you. They searched the house and took the copy of your Birth and also isithupha sako sezenge. They wanted to know where u stay in UK, what you do there and when your next visit diwn this side wa scheduled, and a whole lot more. They took a look at your pictures around our living room, and the post cards u sent last. Kadekusethuisa bhudi. They were saying bad things about zimboz living in the Britain. Ngiya koNjabu call me on his landline I will tell yoi more. Take care bra and uzinanzelele.’ 

On a lighter note, the Vigil was amused to see long-term supporter Priscilla Chakanyaka arrive in a London rickshaw.     We had a good attendance despite rival factions of the MDC UK calling meetings today in Oxford and Midlands North.  Most of the people who attend the Vigil are MDC supporters but we try to maintain a non-party political stand, concentrating on fighting for human rights in Zimbabwe 

Talking about human rights, today we launched a new petition aimed at the SADC meeting in Kinshasha next month which is due to review the Global Political Agreement: ‘A petition to Zimbabwe’s neighbours: We call upon the Southern African Development Community – as guarantors of the Zimbabwe power-sharing government – to put pressure on President Mugabe to honour the agreement.  More than six months into the unity government, Mugabe is still resisting a return to the rule of law, deterring essential foreign development aid and investment.’  

We will be sending it to SADC Executive Secretary Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomão along with a petition on the prison holocaust. ‘A petition to Zimbabwe’s neighbours: We call upon the Southern African Development Community – as guarantors of the Zimbabwe power-sharing agreement – to put pressure on the new Zimbabwean government of national unity to stop the blatant abuse of human rights of prisoners in Zimbabwe who are dying of starvation, disease and torture.’   

We are not holding our breath. Dr Salomão has never acknowledged anything we have sent to him and we have no illusions that Mugabe’s SADC cronies will ever do anything to help the people of Zimbabwe. What matters is that – at a time when Zimbabwe has dropped from the headlines – we continue to attract the attention of the thousands of people who pass by the Vigil. Many of them express their support by signing our petitions – which include one to the UK Government: ‘A petition to the UK government: We welcome the UK’s humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe but call on the UK government to withhold development aid until it is confident that the money will benefit the people rather than the corrupt Mugabe regime.’ 

The Vigil has been going for nearly 7 years and we will be marking our anniversary on 10th October – see below ‘For your Diary’ for details. 

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

FOR THE RECORD:  166 signed the register. 

FOR YOUR DIARY:
·         ROHR Chelmsford general meeting. Saturday 29th August, 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Springfield Parish Hall, Chelmsford, CM1 6GX
. Transport from train station to the venue provided.  Contact: Faith Benesi 07958650670, Tobokwa Malikongwa 07533660621, Robert Mafigo 07944815190, Christina Zanji 07535791464, Matha A Magwaza 07748644911.
·         ROHR Brighton general meeting. Saturday 29th August from 2 – 4 pm. Venue: The Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton (5mins walk from Brighton train station). Contact: Sinikiwe Dube 07824668763, Sehlaphi Mpofu 07786164808, Wellington Mamvura 07956870547 or Phylis Chibanguza 07534626040 / 07535936460.
·         ROHR Coventry party. Saturday 5th September from 4 pm till midnight. Venue: St Paul's Church, Foleshill Road, Coventry CV6 5AJ. Food, drinks, ne Doro available. Admission £3.50. Contact (Chairman) E. Nyakudya
07876796129, (Secretary) Pauline Makuwere 07533332306, (Organizer) Matambanashe Sibanda 07886660392, (Treasurer) V.J Mujeye 07534034594.
·         ROHR Northampton and Kettering general meeting. Saturday 12th September from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: St Mary's Church Abbey Road, Northampton, NN4 8EZ. ROHR UK Executive present.  Contact: Norian Chindowa 07954379426, A Chimimba 07799855806, Willard Mudonzvo 07591686724, Marshall Rusike 07884246888, Hazvineyi Masuka 07795164664. P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·         Zimbabwe Vigil – 7th Anniversary. Saturday, 10th October at 6.30 pm.  The Vigil started on 12th October 2002 and we are marking this anniversary on the nearest Saturday to that date.  There will be a social gathering after the Vigil, downstairs at the Bell and Compass, 9-11 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NA, next to Charing Cross Station at the corner of Villiers Street and John Adam Street
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·         ROHR West Bromwich general meeting. Saturday 31st October from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: St Peters Church Hall, Whitehall
Road, West Bromwich B70 0HF. ROHR Executive and a well known lawyer present. Contact Pamela Dunduru 07958386718, Diana Mtendereki 07768682961, Peter Nkomo 07817096594 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 0793221607.
·         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).

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 15th August 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 August 2009 19:46

A spectacular performance by our friends the Afro Drum Generation was the highlight of the Vigil. Dressed in traditional animal skins, their high-stepping dancing, supported by marimba and drums, entranced many passers-by. The group hopes to take part in Zim Idol, a TV talent contest to discover Zimbabwe's music stars of tomorrow.  

Thanks to Njabalo Ndlovu, Claude Chiswamu, Christopher Sibanda, Jerry Mtotela, Peter Dlomo (on loan from the Shashe Dance Troupe) and Nanzy Sebata. Nanzy also manages the group. They are available for hire – please contact Nanzy (07787 183 098). 

Once again we were joined by several MDC officials who spoke of the need to reform the party in the UK. Our activities were again filmed by ZBN News (www.zbnnews.com).  

The Vigil continues to be ‘humiliated’ by developments at home – when, for instance, Mugabe says Zimbabwe must maintain its vast army of  diplomats leaving trails of unpaid debts around the world because to reduce their number would be ‘humiliating’. We are embarrassed when the mayor of Harare – in an affront to all donor countries – openly boasts he has a private fleet of vehicles but must still have an official car costing US$150,000: ‘I have a Mercedes Benz E240 and a Jaguar. My wife has a Toyota Double Cab and an Audi Curio Double Cab. My children use a Ford Bantam and a Ford Courier’. We are embarrassed that the Zanu PF deputy spokesman—in a break from insulting the West --  whines that Mugabe and his gang still can’t travel to the West or educate their children there. 

It was good to have so many supporters from far-flung places today – David Maliselo from Plymouth and Edrith Mhembere from Wales were there to greet us when we set up and we were also joined by Tabetha Mutyambizi from Dublin.  Patson Muzuwa read out a letter of thanks from Enika Chindawi.  Her mother died recently and Vigil supporters made a collection for her last week. Our condolences go out to Enika. There was also a message from journalist Irene Madonko. She is interested in talking to anyone who has been repatriated.  If anyone would like to help her, please contact the Vigil ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and we will pass on the message. 

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

FOR THE RECORD:  190 signed the register. 

FOR YOUR DIARY:
·         ROHR Swansea launch meeting. Saturday 22nd August, 1.30 – 6 00 pm. Venue: Morriston Memorial Hall, Heol Gwernen, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6JR. Present ROHR President and some members of the ROHR Executive. Contact: Kudzai Ruzwidzo 07824967317, Israel Ncube 07789814159 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·         ROHR South East London general meeting. Saturday 22nd August, 1 – 5 pm. Venue:  375 Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5JQ. Contact: Priscilla Chitsinde 07804696328 or Wellington Rupere 07838153217.
·         ROHR Chelmsford general meeting. Saturday 29th August, 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Springfield Parish Hall (centre), Chelmsford, CM1 6GX. Transport from train station to the venue provided.  Contact: Faith Benesi 07958650670, Tobokwa Malikongwa 07533660621, Robert Mafigo 07944815190, Christina Zanji 07535791464, Matha A Magwaza 07748644911.
·         ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday 5th September, 1.30-5.30pm. Venue: The Community Block, Pear Tree Community Junior School, Pear Tree Street, Derby DE23 8PN. ROHR Executive present and a substantive committee to be elected. Contact: Tsitsi Razawe 07773649330, Wonder Katurura 07858699224, Phenias Tutayi 07825524519. FREE PARKING AVAILABLE.
·         ROHR Coventry party. Saturday 5th September from 4 pm till midnight. Venue: St Paul's Church, Foleshill Road, Coventry CV6 5AJ. Food, drinks, ne Doro available. Admission £3.50. Contact (Chairman) E. Nyakudya 07876796129, (Secretary) Pauline Makuwere 07533332306, (Organizer) Matambanashe Sibanda 07886660392, (Treasurer) V.J Mujeye 07534034594.
·         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). 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 8th August 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 August 2009 18:04

Supporters were disappointed to learn that Lovemore Madhuku, Chair of the National Constitutional Assembly, was not coming to address our next Vigil as we had hoped. Zimbabwean activist Givemore Chindawi told the Vigil that Dr Madhuku’s passport had been seized at the airport as he was about to leave for the UK. There were suspicions that this was an attempt to muzzle an alternative view of the situation in Zimbabwe to that presented in June in London by Morgan Tsvangirai. 

MDC UK Chair of Southend Branch, Stanford Biti (brother of Tendai), condemned what he described as efforts by the MDC in the UK to blame the Vigil and ROHR for the booing of Tsvangirai in Southwark Cathedral. He expressed his support for moves underway to challenge the leadership of the MDC in the UK. He said it had moved away from the people and had become a corrupt, self-serving patronage system.  Mr Biti said the MDC in the UK must work with the Vigil and ROHR and he urged Vigil supporters to take this message back to their MDC branches.   

The wonderful singing at the Vigil on a brilliant sunny day provided good material for our new friends Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News who interviewed supporters (including Fungayi Mabhunu, Dumi Tutani and Simon Mambongo) on the question of the new constitution.  One message we wanted to get through was that we feared the whole process was being prolonged to delay the promised ‘free and fair’ elections. The ZBN team first visited us last week and coverage of the Vigil is on their website: www.zbnnews.com 

It was good to have with us former MDC UK Chair Washington Ali. He said “people are still dying in Zimbabwe. The way we can express our support is by our singing.” The singing and ululating drew many passers-by to stop at the Vigil, where they could see pictures of the holocaust conditions in Zimbabwean prisons and of the beaten and tortured victims of Zanu PF violence.   

The Vigil was hopeful that Mrs Clinton’s meeting with President Zuma would break the political stalemate in Zimbabwe. Our supporters were appalled that the mayor of Harare has been voted US$150,000 for a car. We urge a delay while the Vigil sources a combined ambulance / fire engine / hearse / garbage truck so it can be usefully employed while the mayor is not swanning around in it. Come to think of it, the mayor of London goes to work on a bike. If his counterpart in Harare did the same the money saved could help out the Water Ministry whose minister, Sam Sipepa Nkomo (MDC), has said his ministry is being ripped off by Zanu PF middlemen so that the price of imported chemicals to treat water is ten times higher than it should be.  Mr Nkomo says he is not doing anything about it because his officials have told him it would cause trouble! 

The Vigil noted that Tsvangirai’s uncle, Hebson Makuvise, until now his representative in the UK, is undergoing training to be Ambassador to Germany. He certainly needs a lot of training in diplomacy. Be warned Germany  

There was passionate fervour at the end of the Vigil when we declaimed the slogan ‘To save Zimbabwe (His Excellency, Commander-in-Chief, Head of State and Government) Mugabe must go’. 

Thanks to Patience Thutani who generously brought cool drinks for our thirsty supporters. 

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

FOR THE RECORD: 168 signed the register. 

FOR YOUR DIARY:
·         ROHR Milton Keynes general meeting.  Saturday 15th August, 1.30 – 5 30 pm. Venue: Old Bath House Community Centre, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL (near Tesco and 2 mins from Wolverton train station). Contact: Punish Mandere 07883071990, Martha Jiya 07727016098, Josephine S Phiri 07853572982, Diana Satumba 07737879653.
·         ROHR Cambridge general meeting. Saturday 15th August, time tba. Venue: The Odd Fellows Hall, 131 Newmarket Rd, Cambridge, CB5 8HA. Contact: Jospheth Hapazari 07782398725, Stewart Sheshe 07551546918, Locadia Mugari 07717374383 or Margret Jenkins 07894064600.
·         ROHR Swansea launch meeting. Saturday 22nd August  1.30 – 6 00 pm. Venue: Morriston Memorial Hall, Heol Gwernen, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6JR. Present ROHR President and some members of the ROHR Executive. Contact: Kudzai Ruzwidzo 07824967317, Israel Ncube 07789814159 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·         ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday 5th September, 1.30-5.30pm. Venue: The Community Block, Pear Tree Community Junior School, Pear Tree Street, Derby DE23 8PN. ROHR Executive present and a substantive committee to be elected. Contact: Tsitsi Razawe 07773649330, Wonder Katurura 07858699224, Phenias Tutayi 07825524519. FREE PARKING AVAILABLE.
·         ROHR Coventry party. Saturday 5th September from 4 pm till midnight. Venue: St Paul's Church, Foleshill Road, Coventry CV6 5AJ. Food, drinks, ne Doro available. Admission £3.50. Contact (Chairman) E. Nyakudya 07876796129, (Secretary) Pauline Makuwere 07533332306, (Organizer) Matambanashe Sibanda 07886660392, (Treasurer) V.J Mujeye 07534034594.
·         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). 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 1st August 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 August 2009 10:57

Vigil supporters welcomed the prospect of a meeting between Morgan Tsvangirai and Jacob Zuma and hoped that the South African President would live up to his word and be tough with Comrade Mugabe, “head of state and government, commander in chief . . . “ 

Six months into the unity government it is clear that Zanu PF will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from power and regional pressure is essential if real progress is to be made on restoring the rule of law, opening the way for development aid and investment.  One supporter has just returned from Zimbabwe and says that the grass roots were happier because food was more readily available. However there were still human rights abuses and a lack of democracy and he said the danger was that people would relax and it was very important for human rights activists like the Vigil to keep holding the government to account.   

The Vigil was encouraged by some recent moves, such as the agreement to ease media restrictions, but supporters were suspicious that these promised concessions may be short-lived, designed only to pull the wool over the eyes of SADC.  The Vigil believes that SADC must insist that the power-sharing agreement is implemented in full, ending the targeting of MDC and human rights activists and that free and fair elections are held next year and not postponed.   

Our tarpaulin was again called into service as Harare North continued its wet summer. But at least it was warm and morale was high among the singers and dancers crushed together under our flimsy shelter. Of course we couldn’t all fit in but the outer reaches survived the rain with umbrellas and anyway we escaped quite lightly give the weather forecast.  There were the customary cheers as tourist buses passed and guides could be heard telling their passengers about the Vigil – the biggest regular protest in London. Judging by the addresses written on our petitions people from all over the world are supporting our cause.  

Jeff Sango, a regular at the Vigil and Chair of MDC South East District, told us about an internship scheme organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For more information check: 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 . 

We were also joined by Dr Timothy Rusike and his television team from ZBN (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network). They are human rights activists based in Reading who filmed us comprehensively. Dr Rusike (a medical practitioner) says he believes in activism journalism. 

There has been a lot on Zimbabwe in the British media this week, not surprising given the lifting of restrictions on the BBC. They have been reporting nightly and no doubt will soon start digging seriously into the lop-sided power arrangement and be kicked out again.  We were glad to see a more challenging approach from the UK’s Channel 4 which showed a  programme ‘Bankrolling Mugabe’ – you can watch it on this link for the next few weeks: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-32/episode-1. 

A new poster joined our selection: ‘3 days peace. On day 4 bullet sent via post’ – a reference to the three days of national hypocritical healing and the bullet sent to Tendai Biti.  The poster was produced by Brian Sibanda who calls himself a ‘people’s poet’.  The Vigil has its singers and dancers, preachers and drummers, so we must have a poet . . . 

Thanks to supporters Xolani Simozo and Gladys Mapanda for their help today – setting up the Vigil, helping throughout the day and packing up the Vigil at the end. 

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

FOR THE RECORD: 168 signed the register. 

FOR YOUR DIARY:
·         ROHR Hayes and Northolt launch meeting. Saturday 8th August from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Brookside Community Centre, Hayes UB4 0PL. ROHR President and a well known lawyer present. Contact Snodia Chihowa 07852921523, Juliet Musandiriri 07551319522, Rodah Kuhlengisa 07958205544 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·         ROHR Milton Keynes general meeting.  Saturday 15th August from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Old Bath House Community Centre, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL (near Tesco and 2 mins away from Wolverton train station). Contact Punish Mandere 07883071990, Martha Jiya 07727016098, Josephine S Phiri 07853572982, Diana Satumba 07737879653.
·         ROHR Swansea launch meeting. Saturday 22nd August 1.30 – 6 00 pm. Venue: Morriston Memorial Hall, Heol Gwernen, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6JR. Present ROHR President and some members of the ROHR Executive.  Contact: Kudzai Ruzwidzo 07824967317, Israel Ncube 07789814159 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.
·         ROHR Derby general meeting. Saturday, 5th September 1.30-5.30pm. Venue: The Community Block, Pear Tree Community Junior School, Pear Tree Street, Derby DE23 8PN. ROHR Executive present and a substantive committee to be elected. Contact: Tsitsi Razawe 07773649330, Wonder Katurura 07858699224, Phenias Tutayi 07825524519. FREE PARKING AVAILABLE.
·         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). 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 25th July 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 July 2009 16:49

The Vigil gathered in the middle of three days of National Hypocrisy. The so-called ‘healing’ exercise announced by Mugabe failed to convince our supporters that he has any intention of reining in his thugs or allowing the rule of law. Mugabe boasts he has degrees in violence – and obviously in hypocrisy too.  

Our supporters wanted to know when there will be justice for the oppressed and an acknowledgement of the evil perpetrated by Zanu PF. As one supporter (Brian Sibanda) said ‘what happens on day 4  . . . . back to torture?’ He was questioning Ephraim Tapa, President of our partner organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR), who told the Vigil that 15 ROHR members had been arrested in Harare today during a demonstration against Mugabe’s hypocrisy.   

Ephraim joined us at our monthly forum after the Vigil and gave further details of the ROHR protest. He said over 100 ROHR activists had marched towards parliament, swelling to over 200 by the time they were stopped by police. ROHR members denounced the deception of the three day ‘healing process’ nd the police summoned reinforcements and made arrests. Undeterred others, dressed in black, went on to the venue of a ‘peace gala’.  

Here are some points which emerged from our open forum:
·         There was a suggestion that Tsvangirai was covering up the extent of violence in Zimbabwe – ‘one day he is the President of the MDC and the next the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe’.
·         Vigil supporters must approach their MPs in the UK and tell them what is going on in Zimbabwe. MPs in the UK had been misled by the propaganda that everything was ok.
·         China is going to take over all Zimbabwe’s resources and we are going to be reduced to a Chinese colony.
·         The new constitution must allow for an input from the diaspora and include provisions for dual citizenship and the vote for diasporan Zimbabweans.
·         ‘Where is the peace?’ said one supporter, ‘where is the justice?’ ‘Where is the Zimbabwe we are talking about?’
·         Another Vigil supporter expressed pessimism about real change. He called for a new party with a people’s militia.
·         Several people stressed the need for the setting up of a peace and reconciliation commission such as in post-apartheid South Africa.
·         The Vigil and ROHR are not asylum organisations – we are human rights organisations. For asylum matters supporters should consult our coalition member the Zimbabwe Association which has the necessary expertise. The question arose because people are being asked at Home Office interviews about the structures and personnel of these organisations.  Supporters were encouraged to check our websites. We are quite transparent and have nothing to hide. 
·         Zimbabwe has just been ranked number 2 in the list of failed states (after Somalia). We have climbed up the rankings one place a year since 2006 when we were ranked number 5. The failed states index is published by Foreign Policy magazine, a division of the Washington Post.  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/06/22/the_2009_failed_states_index.
·         10,000 days of Mugabe violence – are three days of peace enough?
·         Patson Muzuwa ‘I was arrested nine times and have been tortured. You need the longest spoon to dine with the devil’.
·         In response to a question about the Vigil’s representation in Zimbabwe, it was pointed out that our partner organisation ROHR fulfilled this function.
·         The message of the ROHR protest against the peace days cover-up was truth and justice.  Truth was needed to counteract the culture of impunity then justice. Only after that could peace and forgiveness follow.
·         Talk of a new constitution was a red herring. People are too abused.  Free and fair elections and stable government is needed before a constitution can be drawn up. 

The Vigil understands that Bishop Chad Gandiya is to be enthroned on Sunday in Harare and we send him our best wishes.  Our supporters sent his wife Faith some hyacinth bulbs and we trust they are coming out now.   

We were pleased to hear that long-term supporter Priscillah Chakanyuka had got her papers and it was good to welcome back Vigil team member Bonny Adams from her travels. Thanks once again to Jonathan Kariwoh who stepped in to manage the back table. 

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

FOR THE RECORD: 171 signed the register. 

FOR YOUR DIARY:
·         ROHR Stoke-On-Trent general meeting. Saturday 1st August 2009 2 00 – 5 00 pm. Venue: Mandela Club Restaurant, 66-68 Piccadilly Street, Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent ST1 1HX. Contact: Pauline Mutema 07850462301, Joana Zhira 07845896347and Farirai Muchibwa 07746628397.
·         ROHR Hayes and Northolt launch meeting. Saturday 8th August from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Brookside Community Centre, Hayes UB4 0PL. ROHR President and a well known lawyer present. Contact Snodia Chihowa 07852921523, Juliet Musandiriri 07551319522, Rodah Kuhlengisa 07958205544 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·         ROHR Milton Keynes general meeting.  Saturday 15th August from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Old Bath House Community Centre, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL (near Tesco and 2 mins away from Wolverton train station). Contact Punish Mandere 07883071990, Martha Jiya 07727016098, Josephine S Phiri 07853572982, Diana Satumba 07737879653.
·         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). 

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