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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 10th April 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 April 2010 15:53

Vigil supporters discussed plans to mark Zimbabwe’s 30th Independence Day. It was felt that Zimbabweans as such are not independent at all and won’t be until South Africa forces Mugabe to keep his word. So we plan to stage a ‘lights for freedom’ demonstration at the South African High Commission at next week’s Vigil, the day before Independence Day.  

We intend that small groups of Vigil supporters will at intervals carry tealights around the corner from the Zimbabwe Embassy to the South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square to illustrate our hope that President Zuma will give us a true anniversary present and break the logjam which will otherwise continue until the MDC is completely absorbed by Zanu PF.  

We hope the demonstration will be joined by Lovemore Matombo – President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Irene Petras – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, and Gabriel Shumba – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, who will be attending a conference ‘Zimbabwe 30 years on: Rights, challenges and opportunities’ in London that day organised by Action for Southern Africa, the successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement. 

One of our founders Ephraim Tapa spoke at the Vigil and said the MDC had forgotten it had won the 2008 elections. There was no freedom or justice in Zimbabwe. Ephraim, who is President of our partner organisation in Zimbabwe, Restoration of Human Rights, said ROHR had made some important progress. It looked to the Vigil to continue to raise awareness in the international community. The struggle must continue until there were free and fair elections which were internationally monitored. Ephraim was sceptical about the recently appointed human rights commission. He described it as a non-event given the quality of some of its members. He was equally scathing about Morgan Tsvangirai’s apparent decision to lead a delegation to Brussels this month to once again appeal for an end to targeted sanctions against Mugabe and his cronies.  Another founder member Patson Muzuwa said attempts to deport Vigil supporter Charles Ndelemani o

n the grounds that he entered the UK on a Malawian passport had been suspended following a petition to the Home Office. Patson said Charles was clearly a Zimbabwean and no Zimbabwean should be sent back until there was a legitimate government.  

Hundreds of oddly-dressed cyclists rode past us along the Strand.  This was the annual ‘Tweedrun’ at which “proper attire is expected: tweed suits, plus fours, bowties, cycling capes and jaunty flat caps are all encouraged – no beastly denim”. It made quite a sight as they passed by on a sunny warm spring day. 

Other points
·       At a Vigil management team meeting before the Vigil the 2009 financial statement was approved and we were briefed on the progress of ROHR in Zimbabwe among other matters.
·       Thanks to Sue for bringing another batch of ‘Mugabe must go’ wristbands. She is such a good customer (in fact the only one for these wristbands) that they gave her 40 for free.
·       It was good to welcome back founder member Bonny now recovered from being kicked by a cow. Bonny, who’s a farmer, was bitten by a pig the previous year.  Thank goodness we don’t have lions here.  

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: 177 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       Workshop on Transitional Outreach to the Diaspora. Thursday 15th April from 11 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX. Organised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. Facilitators: Gabriel Shumba – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, and Brian Penduka – Programme Co-ordinator of Zimbabwe HR NGO Forum. To book a place email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone Wiz or Ebba on 020 7065 0945. For more information, check: http://www.hrforumzim.com/transitional-justice-workshop.pdf.
·       ‘Lights for Freedom’: Zimbabwe Independence – 30th Anniversary. Saturday 17th April.  Vigil supporters to place candles on the steps of the South African High Commission.
·       ‘Zimbabwe 30 years on: Rights, challenges and opportunities.’ ACTSA Independence Day Conference. Saturday 17th April at 11.15 am. Venue: Unite, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8TN. Speakers: Lovemore Matombo – President of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Irene Petras – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, and Gabriel Shumba – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Exiles Forum. The conference will examine the challenges and opportunities for the future from a diaspora, trade union and human rights perspective. For more information check: http://www.actsa.org/Pictures/UpImages/Conference%20flyer.pdf.
·       ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 17th April from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. For details please contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations on Saturdays: 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time.
·       ROHR South East London general meeting. Saturday 24th April from 1 – 3 pm. Venue: 16 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE24 5QW. Contact P Chitsinde 07897000075, C Chiromo 07894586005 or 07838153217.
·       Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·       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 – 3rd April 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 April 2010 18:53

Vigil supporters were not surprised by the squirming of Zanu-PF when confronted by the reality of implementing the Global Political Agreement. We don’t think it came as a surprise to President Zuma either and we look to him to make Mugabe honour his word. Zuma must know that South Africa’s credibility is at stake. 

To underline Zimbabwe’s dependence on South Africa for freedom from tyranny we plan to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence Day at our Vigil on 17th April by placing candles on the steps of the South African High Commission. Our ‘lights for freedom’ will be carried there by groups of supporters at intervals during the Vigil. We hope to be joined at that Vigil by Lovemore Matombo – President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Irene Petras – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Gabriel Shumba – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Exiles Forum. The three will be attending a conference ‘Zimbabwe 30 years on: Rights, challenges and opportunities’ in London that day organised by Action for Southern Africa, the successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement. ACTSA are encouraging their visitors to attend the Vigil from 4 pm. (See Events and Notices for more information about the ACTSA conference.) 

We are pleased to say that the equipment paid for by a generous donation to the Vigil from pupils at the Dolphin School in London has now been delivered to four schools in Zimbabwe selected by Vigil management team members. We earlier reported pupils and staff at Gwinyai Primary School (selected by Fungayi Mabhunu) were delighted to receive sports equipment and stationery.  Arnold Kuwewa’s brother delivered a package to Southerton Primary School and Arnold reports that there was a special assembly to celebrate the delivery. Moses Kandiyawo similarly reports that the Gumbo Primary School was delighted to receive the sports equipment and stationery. These three schools are in the Harare area but the fourth Baring Primary School is in Mutare. Again a special assembly was held.  The children of all four schools are very keen to make contact with the children of the Dolphin School and start penpal friendships.  The Vigil will get in touch with Steve Garvey the teacher who organised the donation to facilitate this. 

Other points:
·           Thanks to Sue Toft for standing in for Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton and to Kimpton Samkange and Reginald Gwasira for making sure the Vigil paraphernalia was delivered safely. 
·           The special Prayer Vigil for Zimbabwe outside the Zimbabwe Embassy on Sunday 4th April (Easter Day) was attended by about 100 people. It took place after a procession from nearby St Martin-in-the-Fields with a big banner ‘Release (in Shona, Ndebele and English) Zimbabwe’. Vigil supporter Josephine Zhuga led the choir. Bishop Michael Doe who returned from Zimbabwe about 4 weeks ago talked about his ministry there.  He said the lockout of Anglicans from their churches was widespread affecting many large towns including Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo.  The funeral service for Bob Stumbles, the prominent Zimbabwean lawyer, had to be held in a school hall. 

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: 114 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·       ‘Lights for Freedom’: Zimbabwe Independence – 30th Anniversary. Saturday 17th April.  Vigil supporters to place candles on the steps of the South African High Commission.
·       ‘Zimbabwe 30 years on: Rights, challenges and opportunities.’ ACTSA Independence Day Conference. Saturday 17th April at 11.15 am. Venue: Unite, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8TN. Speakers: Lovemore Matombo – President of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Irene Petras – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Gabriel Shumba – Executive Director of Zimbabwe Exiles Forum The conference will examine the country’s current challenges and opportunities for the future from a diaspora, trade union and human rights perspective.
·       Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·       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 – 27th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 March 2010 15:50

 A special hymn-singing and prayer Vigil is to be held outside the Zimbabwe Embassy from 12.30 – 2 pm on Easter Sunday in solidarity with Anglican worshippers in Harare locked out of St Mary’s Cathedral because of the power struggle involving former Bishop Kunonga, a Mugabe crony and farm beneficiary. 

The special Vigil is being supported by London’s Southwark Cathedral, which has a long-standing relationship with the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe, St Martin-in-the-Fields, which is our local church, and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.  The Vigil will be attended by Bishop Michael Doe who has recently returned from Zimbabwe. He will speak (at 1 pm) about his experiences ‘celebrating the Eucharist in a ditch’. 

Vigil management team member Sue Toft hosted the interim Harare Bishop Sebastian Bakare when he visited the UK two years ago. Sue was interviewed by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News and drew attention to Bishop Sebastian’s recent appeal for Christian solidarity in Zimbabwe. The Bishop said he had approached other churches to use their buildings only to ‘realise that our brother and sisterhood does not go beyond our denominational boundaries’.  

Other points
·           It poured down with rain on the last of our winter Vigils. Now that British summertime is in force the evenings will be much lighter – though we are puzzled that winter seems to have stayed so long.
·           Vigil supporters were not surprised by the desperate kicking of the Zanu-PF donkey against President Zuma’s current facilitation attempt. It is the moment of truth for South Africa. They will have to force Mugabe to comply with the GPA.
·           Notable milestone today was the sale of the 1,000th of our hessian bags labelled ‘Working for a new Zimbabwewww.zimvigil.co.uk’. All profits from the sale of these bags have gone to help our work. Thanks to Caroline Witts who has brought them all the way from Exeter, Devon (170 miles from London) for the last 2 years.
·           We note that our Swazi friends have stirred up things in Mbabane. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Lutfo Dlamini apparently said the demonstrators at the Swazi Vigil in London had never even been to Swaziland.  Well how well informed he must be! The minister said the demonstrators were being organised by ‘a faction calling themselves’ ACTSA. This is Action for Southern Africa which succeeded the Anti-Apartheid Movement! The Minister was responding to a question by the Matsanjeni South MP Oedusizi Ndlovu who said he feared being manhandled by angry demonstrators in London who were saying ‘a lot of bad things about the country’. According to this report the Minister said that the demonstrators in London are ‘not even British or Swazi but a hired group from an African country who are paid to speak bad things about this country.’ He reassured everyone ‘we are working on the issue and have a plan in place….’ 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme provided by ZBN News, 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:  171signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           BATSIRA PARTY. Friday 2nd April. Venue: Jasmins Club, Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TG. Fundraiser for ACTSA’s Dignity Period Campaign organised by University of Westminister students. Tickets: £15. Raffles of donated prizes including a Samsung Plasma TV. For more information, contact: Zeyn Mitson, Tel: 07950 507 866, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , facebook: Zeyn Kassam.
·           ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 3rd April from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time. 
·           Prayer Vigil for Zimbabwe. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time 12.30 – 2 pm. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy.  Praying and singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day. 
·           ROHR Liverpool general meeting. Saturday 10th April 2010 from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Fairfield Police Club, Prescot Road, Fairfield, LiverpoolL7 0JD. T-shirts available for  £10.00. New members are very welcome. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Patrick Kushonga 07900857605, Trywell Migeri 07956083758
·           Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·           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 .
·           For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related.  

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 20th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 March 2010 17:25

Vigil supporters were cautiously optimistic about the outcome of President Zuma’s visit to Harare. There was much discussion at the Vigil of the possible implications. We were pleased that we had been able to put our case to President Zuma during his visit to London.

It has been clear to us for some time that our Dear 86-year-old Leader is not exactly ‘well-informed’ and we welcome Mr Zuma’s reportedly more robust approach in dealing with a situation teetering on the brink.

We noted in particular Mr Zuma’s meetings with Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and National Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi. What were they talking about? The Vigil assumes he explained things to them in terms they will misunderstand at their peril.

Now that the castrated Gono has been auctioned off by the Reserve Bank’s creditors, Vigil supporters were pleased that Attorney-General Tomano is apparently being given a free transfer and that the talks on implementing the GPA have been set a clear deadline (with the implication that South African heavies will be stationed at Harare Airport to stop the negotiators sloping off for their usual shopping trips abroad).

The Vigil will discuss with our friends in Brussels how to welcome the Zimbabwean delegation which is going to be sent to discuss sanctions. Of course, everyone knows the EU will not suspend them until there is real evidence of change in Zimbabwe but apparently everyone must go through the motions. For our part we can show the delegation some of the delights of Brussels while they waste their time. The food really is good there.

Vigil supporters, after a particularly tough winter in the UK, really want to go home and want elections as soon as possible, providing peace-keeping forces are in place to prevent intimidation and violence. We also want observers to prevent another stolen election. Surely these are not impossible demands. We don’t see that postponing elections will achieve anything.

Some other points:
• Thanks to Sister Beverley Mutandiro who came and led prayers for the Vigil.
• Vigil supporters were encouraged to see that a big MDC Youth demo took place in Harare on Friday 19th March without harassment from the authorities. For photos check: http://www.swradioafrica.com/MDC%20protest%2019%20March%202010/slides/Some%20of%20the%20police%2escort.html.
• It was good to have Susan Chechita with us again. She comes about twice a month from Liverpool and catches the coach at 6.30 in the morning to be with us on time. She had difficulties this time because she misunderstood the time available for a cup of tea at a scheduled stop and the coach went off without her!

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme provided by ZBN News, 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: 165 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
• ROHR Thurrock & Basildon launch meeting.
Saturday 27th March from 1.30 – 6 pm. Venue: Grays Parish Hall, West Street, Grays RM17 6LL. Contact: Tobokwa Malikongwa 07533660621, Billy Machekano 07765459538, Paradzai Mapfumo 07932216070 / 07915926323
ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 3rd April from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time.
Southwark Cathedral’s hymn singing in solidarity with worshippers in Harare. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time tba. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. They are singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day.
Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB. Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
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 .
For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watchv=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related.

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 13th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 March 2010 18:41

Following our appeal to President Zuma to arrange early elections in Zimbabwe, the Vigil is to launch a petition to the UN Security Council calling on it to ensure that the elections are not stolen again.   

The petition reads: ‘We call on the Security Council to ensure that the next elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair. We look to the United Nations to supervise the electoral process and the handover of power to a new government and believe peace-keeping troops will need to be in place before, during and after the polling.’ 

As we explained to President Zuma, Vigil supporters believe that the situation in Zimbabwe can only worsen the longer elections are delayed. Our argument is that:
1.       After a year of the interim unitary government it is clear that it is making no progress.  If anything it is going backwards. The Mugabe regime has shown that it is determined to cling to power and that it will block real change, such as a free media and independent judiciary, so new elections are the only way forward.
2.       The situation will steadily deteriorate as long as Mugabe and his gang remain in power. Finance Minister Tendai Biti has admitted his hoped-for foreign budgetary aid and external investment will not be realised and, on top of that, the national exchequer has seen zero benefit from the exploitation of the Chiadzwa diamond fields. 
3.       The Vigil rejects the argument that lifting or suspending targeted sanctions will make the Mugabe regime more conciliatory. On the contrary, we are convinced that appeasing the regime will only encourage it in its intransigence. We believe that the Mugabe gang fears that any change will lead to their prosecution for human rights and other abuses and that it is up to South Africa – as their supporter over the years – to make arrangements for the future of these criminals.
4.       In particular, Vigil supporters reject the notion that sanctions should be lifted because they are misrepresented by the Mugabe regime as sanctions against Zimbabweans in general. We believe the proper answer to Mugabe’s propaganda is to patiently convey the truth to Zimbabweans and deluded Mugabe sympathizers in Africa and elsewhere. The Allies in the Second World War did not defeat national socialism, Italian fascism and Japanese militarism by bowing to their odious propaganda.  

Some other points:
·           We were glad to be joined again after a long absence by Ben Buckland nam Cameron in full Scottish regalia, kilt and all, who played the bagpipes to accompany the national anthem.  Ben has a family connection with Zimbabwe.
·           City and Islington College in London has been very complimentary about a talk given by the Vigil’s Josie Zhuga to mark international women’s day. They said she gave ‘an informative and personal talk about life and human rights for women in Zimbabwe’. Check: http://www.candi.ac.uk/about_us/news/2009-10/mar_4_-_candi_celebrates.aspx
·           Vigil supporters were cynical about a video shown on the television in the Embassy window pontificating hypocritically about saving lions. We felt it was a pity they did not do more to save the lives of Zimbabweans – and end the rampant poaching which is wiping out wildlife.                                                                                          

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: 191signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           ROHR Oxford Launch meeting. Saturday 20th March from 2 to 6 pm. Venue: Newroad Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ. ROHR Founder members and ROHR UK Executive present. Contact: Wisher Mandava 07552813803, Lucia Takawira 07760315739, Lindiwe Maposa 07837788807, C Gomani 07960103752 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 20th March from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 3rd and 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time. 
·           ROHR Thurrock & Basildon launch meeting, Saturday 27th March from 1.30 – 6 pm. Venue: Grays Parish Hall, West Street, Grays RM17 6LL. Contact: Tobokwa Malikongwa 07533660621, Billy Machekano 07765459538,  Paradzai Mapfumo 07932216070 / 07915926323
·           Southwark Cathedral’s hymn singing in solidarity with worshippers in Harare. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time tba. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy.  They are singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day. 
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Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London
SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·           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 .
·           For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related.                                                                                          

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