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Standing still is suicide – Zimbabwe Vigil protest, Thursday 14th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 July 2016 12:15

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The second day of solidarity demonstrations outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London drew even more people that attended on Wednesday when about 150 gathered to express support for Pastor Evan Mawarire’s call for a two-day shutdown in Zimbabwe.
 
It was one of the biggest gatherings held by the Zimbabwe Vigil in 14 years of campaigning for an end to human rights abuses and free and fair elections. Our banners strung between the four maple trees where we stage the weekly vigils were obscured today by the pressing crowd.
 
We were joined by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.  famous for his attempt to make a citizen’s arrest of Mugabe on visits to London in 1999 and Brussels in 2001 when he was savagely beaten by Mugabe’s bodyguards (see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/mar/06/zimbabwe.andrewosborn). He paid tribute to the persistence of the Vigil and spoke of the ‘awesome’ courage of the demonstrators in Zimbabwe adding, ‘no tyranny lasts forever’ (see video: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos/vb.301811392835/10154288724147836/?type=2). Peter joined in the dancing (see video: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/28206729172/in/album-72157668189852073/).
 
We were also joined by a white Zimbabwean family who brought a striking poster reading ‘ Moving forward is perilous, moving backwards is cowardice, staying still is suicide’.
 
Vigil founder member and President of ROHR (Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe) Ephraim Tapa spoke of the suffering in Zimbabwe and said it was a man-made disaster caused by Mugabe (see video: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/27694083494/in/album-72157668189852073/).
 
After the Vigil on Saturday our forum will discuss our future activities in support of protest back home. For details of the meeting see below.
 
Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 16th July from 6.15 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a sign at street level. It's next door to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn. ZAF meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
 
Thanks to Vimbai Karumbidza and Roseline Mukucha for looking after the register – Vimbai on Wednesday and Roseline on Thursday. Thanks to Cathrine Musa for bringing and distributing flyers to publicise the ZAF meeting on Saturday evening.
 
For photos and videos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157668189852073 and https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo. Shingisai Suluma singing #ThisFlag is highly recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMzx5UxLWWs.

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Zimvigil protests – 4th, 5th, 6th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 July 2016 17:26

Zimvigil protests – 4th, 5th, 6th July 2016
 
The Zimbabwe Vigil and its sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe demonstrated for three days this week. We received several messages of congratulations including a twitter message from Dirk #ThisFlag Frey: ‘Much love to @zimvigil for giving Chinamasa a torrid time. Solid solidarity! Thank you comrades’ and a message from Eddie Cross MP:  ‘Thank you Team Zimbabwe once again for doing your Country proud – I think we sunk this ship well and truly’.
 
On Monday 4th July we were outside the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House to picket a meeting addressed by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. For a report of the protest check: http://zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/press-releases/797-chinamasa-besieged-in-london-monday-4th-july-2016 and for a video of the police protecting Chinamasa from the protestors check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9L0dL9aUs. Those who attended were: Alfredy Mukuvare, Cephas Maswoswa, Chipo Kamhunga, David Wilkins, Deborah Harry, Dennis Benton, Eldridge Culverwell, Emmaculate Tshuma, Fungayi Mabhunu, John Burke, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Rose Benton and Sandra Kudenga.
 
On Tuesday 5th July Vigil and ROHR supporters were joined by the MDC to picket Chinamasa and others at a money-raising conference in the City of London. Protestors were there from 7 am to 7 pm and managed to hold up Chinamasa’s lunchtime taxi for an hour with a sit-down protest. For reports of the day see:
http://zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/press-releases/798-chinamasa-confronted-again--tuesday-5th-july-2016
http://zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/press-releases/799-chinamasa-trapped-in-london--tuesday-5th-july-2016.
58 people signed the register including: Rashiwe Bayisayi, Deline Bura, John Burke, Muchineripi Chigwedere, Paul Chipamhadze, Mavis Chisvo, Percy Dube, Arnold Dube, Mary Eluwasi, Kidi Gotsi, Hellena Gusinyu, Isabell Gwatidzo, Lucia Gwenya, Chipo Kamhunga, Etines Kapiya, Vimbai Karumbidza, Prosper Karuru, Sandra Kudenga, Marjory Kunaka, Fungayi Mabhunu, Phylis Magejo, Phillip Mahlahla, Nancy Makurira, Rosemary Maponga, Patricia Masamba, Cephas Maswoswa, Lipi Mhlope, Sharon Moyo, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Esther Munyira, Edward Murota, Simbarashe Mutero, Sally Mutseyami, Vusumuzi Ncube, Tryness Ncube, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Mary Ndoro, Collins Nyamupfuknoza, Patricia Nyawo, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Elliot Pfebve, Jennipher Sabe, Eva Sanyahokwe, Alice Shimika, Zenzo Siziba, Ephraim Tapa, Emmaculate Tshuma, Cakes Vundla, Emma Whiley, Saziso Zulu and Elector Zvorwadza.
 
There are many videos of the day. Here are links to some of them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na31BT2u_mc – Protestors sit down on the road and hold up Chinamasa’s taxi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgCX7vRFYhU – Patrick Chinamasa escorted from conference by London police
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXJEdEYeUOc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXLhp8TpUbg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAs7iJViI5g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsYxy6llttE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbl8bmHnT6k
https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos/10154264266372836/
 
On Wednesday 6th July Vigil and ROHR activists turned out again outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London to express solidarity with the ‘stay away’ in Zimbabwe. For a report of the demonstration see: http://zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/press-releases/801-tajamuka--we-have-rebelled-wednesday-6th-july-2016. 31 people signed the register including: John Burke, Eldridge Culverwell, Percy Dube, Humphrey Dube, Mary Eluwasi, Chipo Kamhunga, Sarah Logan, Phylis Magejo, Ratidzai Makombe, Tungamirayi Makombe, Rosemary Maponga, Takura Masarira, Edward Murota, Mandifusa Mushambadope, Beverley Mutandiro, Kennedy Mutandiro, Simbarashe Mutero, Sally Mutseyami, Anna Mwanza, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Anna Pfende, Lara Rickard, Jonathan Terry, Ben Tsikwa and Craig Welling.
 
There were also protests at the Zimbabwe Embassy in South Africa on solidarity with the ‘stay away’ in Zimbabwe on Wednesday 6th July, check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdrDXSh4eNA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJTwkU5UgEk.

Other videos are posted here: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo.

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picketing Zanu PF meetings in London - 4th / 5th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 00:11
Zanu PF are descending on London next week in a desperate plea for money. Please come and join the Vigil in two demonstrations – details below. These will count as Vigil attendances.


Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa speaks at Chatham House from 12 noon – 1 pm on Monday 4th July

Chinamasa will talk about Zanu PF's economic agenda and no doubt promise to stop looting, act against corruption and observe the rule of law. The Vigil and ROHR will hand out leaflets to people attending explaining why Zanu PF cannot be believed.

Protest details
Date and time: Monday 5th July from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm.
Venue: The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE
Directions: nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Green Park (Piccadilly and Victoria lines). From Piccadilly outside Lillywhite's sports shop go south down Regent Street, take first right into Jermyn Street then second left into Duke of York Street. Chatham House is at the end of Duke of York Street on the the corner with St James's Square. From Green Park, go towards Piccadilly Station along the right side of Piccadilly, take the second right into St James's Street, then first left into Jermyn Street and third right in Duke of York Street.


Chinamasa will be joined by billionaire Obert Mpofu and other Zanu PF gangsters at a conference in London on Tuesday 5th July

The Vigil and ROHR are picketing the conference at which Zanu PF will try to persuade the world that it is reforming and should be bailed out with Western loans. We are being joined by the MDC in the UK.

We will be outside the meeting to tell any prospective investors the real reasons why Zimbabwe has run out of money and why the world should be sceptical about any assurances given by the likes of Chinamasa, Minister of Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Obert Mpofu (unaccountably one of the richest men in Zimbabwe) and Mike Bimha, Minister of Industry and Commerce. They are listed to speak at the conference along with Reserve Bank governor John Mangudya.
 
We will hand out leaflets to delegates as they arrive for the Conference which starts at 9 am. There will be a break for lunch from 1 – 2.30 pm and the conference will continue till 7.15 pm.

Supporters can join us at any time during the day but we think we have the best chance of making an impression when they arrive.

Protest at Zimbabwe Conference 2016 ‘Rebooting and Rebuilding’. Tuesday 5th July from 8 am onwards. Venue: outside DLA Piper UK LLP, 3 Noble Street, London EC2V 7EE. For more information: http://africa-confidential-meetings.com/

Directions: nearest stations are St Paul's (Central line) and Barbican (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City lines). From St Paul's go north up St Martin's Le Grand, right into Gresham Street and left into Noble Street. From Barbican go south down Aldersgate Street then turn left into London Wall at the Museum of London. Noble Street is the next right. Buses are 4, 56 and 76 – get off at stop 'Museum of London'.

For both protest we will bring banners, flags, leaflets, posters, drum, register and camera.

More information: Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Rose Benton 07970996003.
 
 
British medical centre run by Zimbabwean doctor closed PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 June 2016 11:47

(photolink: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Inspectors-close-Willows-Medical-Centre-Carlton/story-29392272-detail/story.html#ixzz4BS1dfdM5)

 

A medical centre in Nottingham run by a black Zimbabwean doctor has been closed. Zimbabwean exiles have staged repeated demonstrations outside the clinic in protest at the doctor’s violent seizure of a white-owned farm in Zimbabwe.

 

In February the Zimbabwe Vigil protest group presented a petition to 10 Downing Street calling on the government to consider revoking the British citizenship of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, who runs the Willows Medical Centre with his wife Veronica. Dr Nyatsuro has lived in the UK for 15 years and lives with his family in a large and luxurious house nearby valued at around £750,000.

 

They say that they were simply allocated the farm by the Zimbabwe government and denied any nepotism was involved. But photographs emerged showing the couple socializing with Grace Mugabe.

 

The Vigil also drew the matter to the attention for the National Health Service which has responsibility for the clinic. Last week inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited the centre and took immediate action to close it until further notice. Patients are being directed to other practices.

 

The UK government says the question of Dr Nyatsuro’s citizenship is being looked at by the Home Office. The Vigil argues that they are clearly Mugabe supporters and citizenship could have been obtained by means of fraud or false representation. The Nyatsuros have no known farming experience. 

 

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Times story PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 June 2016 20:17

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/zimbabwe-faces-collapse-as-cash-starts-to-run-out-l22vvmbbs

Cash runs dry after Mugabe plunders banks

Jan Raath, Harare

June 6 2016, 12:01am, The Times

Zimbabweans have endured shortages of fuel, food and water for decades: now the country is running out of cash.

Hundreds queue at cash machines in Harare, often in vain. When banks have cash to dispense, it can take two hours to reach the front of the queue but a daily withdrawal cap has been cut from $2,000 just a month ago to about $300. It is widely believed that the banks have had to curb withdrawals because President Mugabe’s government is illegally demanding loans that force them to raid customers’ savings.

The 92-year-old leader, who often travels abroad and has been out of the country for the past three weeks, takes about $4 million in cash with him on every overseas trip, Tendai Biti, the former finance minister, said last week.

One bank customer, Barry Phillips, who runs a printing company, said that he queued for two hours only to be told that he could not withdraw the $6,000 he needed to pay his staff. “I asked the teller how much they were letting corporate customers have. A hundred dollars, he said. I’m panicking now. I can’t pay my workers, and they aren’t going to work without pay,” he added.

Zimbabweans fear that economic collapse is imminent. The economy nearly shut down in 2008, amid an inflation rate of 5,000,000,000 per cent. Mr Mugabe ordered banknotes worth about 1,000 billion Zimbabwean dollars to be printed. Quickly deemed worthless, the local currency was abandoned and black market US dollars took over. The US dollar became the official national currency in 2009.

Under Mr Mugabe’s rule, high taxes, labour laws that made sackings nearly impossible and demands that white-owned businesses hand over 51 per cent of their ownership to black Zimbabweans, have caused most of the country’s industrial base to shut down. The eviction of white farmers has, in effect, wiped out surplus farm produce. Fifteen years ago, supermarket shelves were filled with locally produced goods: now almost every product is imported — and that trade is seriously under threat.

“I’m struggling to pay my suppliers in South Africa,” said Vincent Hwende, who owns a supermarket. “Before, I could order a transfer from the bank and it would be in their account a day or two later. Now it’s taking three weeks, or longer. They won’t accept that. I just can’t operate any more.”

Eddie Cross, an economist, said that the country was running out of cash, partly because Mr Mugabe’s government was borrowing it illegally from the private banks, taking at least half of retail deposits. “Every bank in Zimbabwe is technically broke,” he said.

Rampant corruption accounts for a major chunk of state spending. Critics point to the home of Augustine Chihuri, the Zimbabwean police chief, on the eastern outskirts of Harare, marked by an enormous dome. Property consultants estimate that the building cost more than $5 million.

The International Monetary Fund has told the government that “profound economic transformation” is the only way to deal with the crisis. But Eldred Masunungure, a political analyst, said: “They don’t know how to take the country forward and there is little hope among citizens on how this regime can redeem us from the economic abyss.”

Mr Mugabe has been away from Harare for almost three weeks, travelling to South Africa, Singapore and Papua New Guinea with a delegation believed to be 60-strong, to attend a meeting of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states. He was the only head of state who turned up. Local media reported that he has travelled to Singapore for medical treatment ten times since January. He has also been to Uganda, Russia, India, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea, usually with a large entourage.

Obert Gutu, spokesman for the opposition MDC party, put his travel bill so far this year at $80 million.

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