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British doctor with links to Robert Mugabe ‘seizes white farm’ = Oct 14, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 November 2015 23:01

By Peta Thornycroft | The Telegraph |

 

A British GP from Nottinghamshire with family connections to Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has allegedly seized a white-owned tobacco farm near Harare.

Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica Nyatsuro run the Willows Medical Centre in Nottingham

It is claimed that Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, 45, who was born in Zimbabwe but now runs a slimming clinic in Willows Medical Centre in Carlton, hired a gang to invade Phillip Rankin’s tobacco farm last Friday after claiming Robert Mugabe’s government had granted him ownership of the property.

 

“Dr Nyatsuro and his wife visited me last month and told me that the government has offered him my farm,” Mr Rankin, 57, told the Telegraph.

 

“I don’t know if the documentation he showed me was genuine but I told him I was not going to be forced out by a British citizen.”

 

“They are trying to make us leave the house. If we do that I will be finished, I would never be able to get back on the land, and the police will not come and help us.”

 

A senior political source in Harare who asked not to be named said the land had probably been taken for “resettlement” to Dr Nyatsuro because of his “family connection” with Mrs Mugabe, who is now carving out a political career for herself within her husband’s ruling Zanu PF party.

 

Hendrik Olivier, the director of the Commercial Farmers’ Union, an organisation which represents mainly the white farming community in Harare, says Mr Rankin is now a ‘hostage’ on his farm as he cannot leave his homestead.

 

“Mr Rankin is under siege. He is a hostage. The situation is not good as the police will not give him any help,” he said.

 

Even if he does not lose his farm, Mr Rankin fears the harassment will cause his crop to be ruined, costing him up to £240,000 in lost revenue. He has planted 110 acres of tobacco for the current summer season and needs to water it this week as it is exceptionally hot in Zimbabwe.

 

“I irrigated last week and I need to do so again now but I can’t go outside and turn the water on as the crowd is there and that would be the end as they would then move in and take over my house. They want me to make this mistake.”

 

Mr Rankin bought his 2,000-acre farm, Kingston, 32 years ago and received a certificate of no ‘present’ interest from Mr Mugabe’s new government.

 

After invasions of white-owned land began in 2000 ago he said he handed a third of his land to the government for resettlement on the “understanding” that he could continue to farm, but had suffered multiple attempted invasions of his farm since.

 

The current seizure of his farm was “by far the most serious,” he said.

 

Neither Dr Nyatsuro nor Mrs Mugabe responded to request for comment.

 

Zimbabwe has been unable to feed itself since 17 million acres was seized from about 3000 white farmers from 2000. They ran about 500 farms and employed more than a million workers. The Telegraph

 
50th anniversary of UDI PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 November 2015 22:41

11th November marks the 50th anniversary of the unilateral declaration of Independence by the Smith government in Rhodesia. Rose and Dennis Benton, who helped start the Vigil in 2002 and have attended ever since, were close observers of the event, as Dennis recalls in this article.

 

Apologia UDI

 

On 11th November 1965 I phoned my girlfriend from the newsroom of the Cape Argus, the Cape Town evening paper, to tell her I had been alerted to listen to a broadcast from Salisbury by the Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith.

 

I was a junior reporter and had been roped in to help take down the speech in shorthand to provide the political correspondent with the full text. I knew my girlfriend Rose would be interested as she was a Rhodesian studying at the University of Cape Town.

 

The occasion was the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) by the governing Rhodesian Front – a rebellion by the British colony which led to a war between whites and blacks, the souring of race relations and the emergence of the Mugabe regime.

 

The whites of Southern Africa had been horrified by the chaotic handover of power in the Belgian Congo, which saw an exodus of Belgian colonists streaming southwards. The mayhem was captured in the famous question ‘Anyone here been raped and speaks English?’

 

Steady progress towards majority rule in Rhodesia had been promoted by the British government but this was halted on the rise to power of the conservative Rhodesian Front party supported by commercial farmers who had developed a vibrant agricultural economy.

 

Growing up among liberals in Cape Town opposed to the apartheid regime, I had looked to the Rhodesia of Sir Garfield Todd and other progressives as the way forward for white people who had made their home in Southern Africa. So I was disappointed that November day when Ian Smith suddenly applied the brakes.

 

I went up to see the situation in Rhodesia for myself. It was my first visit and a brief one but I was impressed by the good race relations compared to the mounting tensions in South Africa.

 

Despairing of growing oppression in South Africa, I left the country in 1966 for Britain, the country of my birth, hoping to be joined by Rose who wanted to pursue her studies in London. But sanctions imposed on the illegal Rhodesian regime made this too expensive so I flew to Salisbury to work for the Rhodesia Herald, by then heavily censored by an increasingly paranoid Smith regime.

 

Rose’s father was a Rhodesia-born farmer who was a firm Smith supporter so I had ready access to the Rhodesian Front establishment. I remember one evening a neighbour Lord Graham, the Foreign Affairs Minister, dropped in at my father-in-law’s house for drinks. I asked him how his officials travelled around the world and he confided: ‘They use British passports!’

 

Although I was opposed to their racist policies I could not but admire much that they had achieved. Rose’s father, for instance, had a thriving community on the farm, which had a black manager. One Christmas day, having been thrown from a horse into some farm machinery, I was taken to hospital in Harare by Rose’s mother accompanied by a heavily pregnant farm worker who also needed hospital attention. It was just part of the job for a farmer’s wife.

 

Rose and I watched with dismay as the Smith regime drifted steadily to the right, resisting all attempts to allow real step towards democracy. The deciding point for us came when I was sent to report on a meeting in a country area addressed by government minister P K van der Byl. He was assailed by agitated farmers and assured them that majority rule was a very long way away: ‘not in a 100 years?’ he was asked. ‘No’ he said, ‘not in a 1,000 years’.

 

We decided then to leave the country for Britain, welcoming from afar the eventual handover of power to the black majority and returning briefly to see Mugabe coming back to Zimbabwe. We supported him then but we believe that, like Smith, he betrayed Zimbabweans through sterile racism.

 
Let’s not forget who our enemy is PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 October 2015 09:10

Mugabe’s long rule has largely been attributed to his ability to divide and rule; the strategy of breaking up effective opposition parties and pressure groups into smaller individual based factions that are less effective and of little impact. Opposition voices, collectively, could have stopped Mugabe in his tracks a long time ago. 

 

A good example is the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) which in 2000, barely 6 months old, clearly defeated Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF at the polls despite official results giving a narrow victory to Mugabe. What else could have been expected, with Mugabe’s party being the player, the referee and the court of appeal? Sensing danger Mugabe quickly deployed his super strategy to cause confusion within opposition ranks, divide and ultimately strengthen his hold onto power.  Since then, the opposition MDC has fractured into several smaller ineffective parts and with it they might as well have kissed goodbye to any hope of wrestlng power from ZANU PF, even after Mugabe is gone. Recently the double headed Tendai Biti – Elton Mangoma MDC Renewal outfit split as soon as they had split from the MDC-T themselves. Splits have also been seen in trade unions, student unions, civil society groups, anything that is effective at chipping away Mugabe’s stranglehold on Zimbabwe.

 

With functional ZANU PF cells now openly operating in the UK, the Zimbabwe Vigil and its sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) have seen a sustained attempt to disrupt, divide or completely annihilate the two campaigns. Those who follow the history of the Zimbabwe struggle post-independence and particularly in the UK will be aware that people in the Zimbabwe Vigil were instrumental in the growth of the MDC in the UK soon after its formation. They will also be aware that the Vigil has over the years supported, morally and materially, a number of progressive voices including the MDC, WOZA, ZCTU, and ROHR. It is also the Vigil and its sister organisation who, following the formation of the ill-fated Inclusive Government, stood up to Morgan Tsvangirai when he globe trotted telling the world that Mugabe was now a reformed man and that the Zimbabwe crisis was over. So while they dined and wined with the dictator, the Vigil and ROHR remained resolute in the call for Mugabe to go, in insisting that he was not legitimate and in their demand for the rule of law, justice and genuine freedom. The opposition only came to their senses in July 2013 when Mugabe gave himself more than two-thirds parliamentary representation and with it the right to monopolise state power. The Vigil was vindicated!

 

Now it is the Vigil and ROHR that continue to be consistent and resolute in their causes, obviously to the irritation of the Mugabe regime. The recent accosting of Mike Bimha in London, the continual demand for the truth of what happened to Itai Dzamara, the demand for a free and fair election under international supervision, the demand for Mugabe to be arraigned before The Hague for the Matabeleland genocide, among many demands, have clearly irritated the Mugabe regime.

 

It is no wonder therefore that the Zimbabwe Vigil has of late been infiltrated. Most Vigil activists believe that erstwhile colleagues David Kadzutu, Peter Sidindi and Mary Muteyerwa are on the regime’s payroll to destabilise the Vigil and ROHR. Characteristic of long running splits within the Zimbabwe political fabric, the three now go by the name ‘Super Vigil’ with two elderly ladies and another female associate under their command. The Vigil believes that whoever tries to draw its attention away from the Mugabe regime does so to promote the regime. This writer witnessed a surprise attempt to ambush and disrupt the Vigil two weeks ago, following hard on the heels of two successful protests by the Zimbabwe Vigil and ROHR on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2015 against Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha and Zanu PF cronies who had come to the UK to beg from the diaspora. While the Kadzutu ‘Super Vigil’ is busy carrying out its smear campaign against fellow human rights activists, ROHR has been in action, busy on their programmes in Zimbabwe, where they now enjoy an active presence in all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe.

 

So instead of helping people in Zimbabwe to fight for their basic human rights, the so called ‘Super Vigil’ is embroiled in petty squabbles bent at destabilising the Vigil. It is not rocket science that everyone has seen them for who they really are and, far from being discouraged, Vigil supporters are resolute and united against this latest attack by agents of the regime. Under the able and unwavering leadership of Ephraim Tapa, Rose Benton and Fungayi Mabhunu, the Vigil is also buoyed by the level of support and encouragement that it continues to receive among Zimbabwe diasporans, the international community and those at home. Mugabe’s divide and rule tactic will not be allowed to succeed as far as the Vigil and ROHR are concerned. Zimbabwe must unite and remain vigilant to defeat the real enemy, the Mugabe regime and salvage beloved Zimbabwe from the precipice!

Esther Nyambi

 
Launch of ROHR Provinces in Zimbabwe PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 19:01

Between 4th September and 2nd October all ten ROHR Provinces in Zimbabwe have been launched. Below are reports of these launches taken from What’sApp messages sent by members of the ROHR International What’sApp group.

 

Launch of ROHR Bulawayo Province – 4th September 2015
Bulawayo Province was launched on the same day as a big demonstration in Bulawayo about prepaid water meters. Below the relevant What’sApp postings from 4th and 5th September.
Friday 4th

·       09.03 Ephraim Tapa: ‘For now we have Bulawayo as our focus. Is everything ok over there?’

·       11.22 from Bulawayo: ‘Things shaping up. Stay close. Bulawayo residents demonstrating against prepaid water meters and poor service delivery’.

·       11.26 first picture and message from Bulawayo ‘ People of all ages streaming in’.

·       13.27 picture identifying Stanley Square with a message ‘I was asked to give a solidarity speech on behalf of ROHR Zimbabwe International, and good people I nailed it before an estimated 3,000 at Stanley Square.’

·       13.47 from same person: ‘Pray for us. After this the regime will not love it. Security.’

·       More photos come in.

·       18.35: Ephraim Tapa: ‘Congratulations guys. We can continue to go from strength to strength. And yes, together we can.’

·       20.07 from Bulawayo: ‘Good people I wish you were all in Bulawayo today. We had a wonderful day and now people know about ROHR and we had our flyers and everyone wanted to be part of us. We thank God for this day coz it was the birth of ROHR in Bulawayo.’

·       20.43 onwards messages from Bulawayo: ‘Our dream and vision will never die’, ‘Together as one’ and ‘What have we to lose’.

Saturday 5th

·       08.49 from Bulawayo: ‘Bulawayo has set a precedent. An estimated crowd of 3000 took to the streets demonstrating against the proposed installation of prepaid water meters. Like a true giant ROHR’s banners led the procession from Town House to Stanley Square where speeches were delivered’.

 

Launch of ROHR Manicaland Province – 6th September 2015
We have completed the Manicaland meeting in Mutare. It went well with representatives from all 7 districts, namely: Makoni, Mutare, Chipinge, Buhera, Nyanga, Chimanimani and Mutasa. The meeting started with an introduction to ROHR going through our code of conduct, emphasising a membership drive through cards to be available soon. We also touched on partnerships, discipline, loyalty and sharing a common vision. The members suggested a $1 membership fee for provincial and district leadership and a further $1 per quarter to show commitment. $1 a year for ordinary members was also proposed. Work plans were developed with timelines and major activities, which must be done urgently, are district sensitisation meetings with stakeholders, membership drive, partnerships and networking. The following posts have been filled to form the provincial executive:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary, Information & Publicity Secretary, Legal Advisor, 2 Youth Representatives and 3 Women’s Representatives.

 

Launch of ROHR Mashonaland West Province – 12th September 2015
ROHR Mashonaland West Province was constituted today at Orange Grove Motel in Chinhoyi. It was a fruitful meeting by all standards. The committee includes students from Chinhoyi University of Technology who showed great enthusiasm. The issue of membership cards was discussed. Members asked for workshops to learn more about human rights. They also asked for exchange programmes. A lecturer from Chinhoyi University is the Programmes Co-ordinator and another lecturer agreed to take up an advisory role. The meeting was informed by the vice chair on the role of ROHR, its objectives and vision. He emphasised the need to support activists. It was stressed that we should all devote our time and resources to attain our objectives as one big ROHR family, A whatsaap group has been formed for Mashonaland West. The Mashonaland West Provincial Committee was elected with the following positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Organising Secretary, Treasurer, Information & Publicity Secretary, Co-ordinator, 2 Youth Representatives, 3 Women’s Representatives.

 

Launch of ROHR Harare Province – 15th September 2015
There was jostling for positions today at the Harare Gardens where a provincial structure was being constituted. No one wanted to be left out of the ROHR provincial committee as more people than invited turned up at the meeting point. The meeting started with introductions where people of immense experience and qualifications introduced themselves. Not to be out done were the students from the University of Zimbabwe also present. The Vice Chair gave a general overview of ROHR: its history, objectives and vision. The excitement was amazing and people raring to go well before the committee was formed. People asked questions and also made their recommendations. It was agreed that positions for people living with disability was a critical inclusion in the structure. The committee was elected with a lady elected as Chair. Because of the huge turnout, we had to introduce a secretary for information and publicity which is not enshrined in our constitution. District representatives were elected to kick start our district structures. A Chair and Deputy for a separate structure for the University of Zimbabwe were elected and mandated to go and fill up the structure. ROHR is raring to go in Harare. Great minds, schemers, strategists have committed themselves today to take Harare and Zimbabwe to the promised land. Thank you Harare. Thank our President. Thank you our brothers and sisters in the UK. Thank you Zimbabwe. ROHR, together we can.

 

Launch of ROHR Masvingo Province – 19th September 2015
The Masvingo provincial structure has been constituted. The people of Masvingo converged at the civic centre to elect its provincial committee. The ROHR National Chair attended. He applauded the new members and outlined the vision of ROHR. He gave an encouraging statement on the need for sacrifice in times of limited resources People agreed that besides political rights we should also fight for socio economic rights, children's rights and disability rights. The issue of gender was also discussed. Despite the lack of resources we managed to hold a successful meeting: booking the venue and buying food and bus fares for participants. The people showed that they are prepared to work for the growth of the organisation and took to heart the slogan ‘Together We Can’. The spirit in ROHR Zimbabwe International is good and encouraging. Office bearers were elected including the first ROHR representative for people living with disabilities.

 

Launch of ROHR Midlands Province – 20th September 2015
Midlands province gathered in Gweru this morning to elect a provincial executive for ROHR. The meeting was attended by 23 people, all willing to get into the structure. The Vice Chair gave the opening remarks. People spoke on the need to take a strong stance against abusers of human rights by exposing every abuse known. The team, comprised of seasoned and new cadres, then elected their leaders settling for experience and courage. There were some difficult moments as all present were capable of having a position. All made a pledge to work hard and take the cause of ROHR forward. The team boasted, as Midlands is the heart of the country, everyone in the ROHR family will feel its heartbeat.

 

Launch of ROHR Mashonaland East Province – 26th September 2015
ROHR Mashonaland East Provincial Structure was set up on Saturday 26th September. Their report on WhatsApp reads: Welcome on board a new member of our ROHR family, Mashonaland East Province. It happened this morning at the Harare Gardens We had to change the venue from Marondera to Harare for security reasons , , .  Despite all the fears, we managed to have a successful meeting where a new executive was elected with the following posts: Chair, Co-ordinator, Secretary, Treasurer and others. The meeting was chaired by ROHR’s Vice Chair who gave an overview of the organisation. ROHR’s history, vision and programmes were explained. The people present showed great interest and pledged to work hard for the organisation. The Chair promised ‘fireworks’. The new committee stated people with positions should: have time bound deliverables, work as a united team, have evidence based advocacy, be reliable and honest, be the voice of the voiceless, not to abuse the privilege of leading in ROHR and finally not abuse the WhatsApp platform meant for ROHR business. The meeting ended with participants having lunch and getting their bus fares. Our treasurer and a pastor from a local pentecostal church prayed and pronounced blessings on every member of ROHR, its visionaries and the nation of Zimbabwe. Thank you all, thank you our president and founder. God bless and protect us all.

 

Launch of ROHR Mashonaland Central Province – 27th September 2015
Today the people of Mashonaland Central converged in their capital Bindura to talk about ROHR and elect an executive. The meeting was a big success and the contributions were rich and enlightening. There is an eagerness to start work and a strong desire to champion the cause of human rights. We in Mashonaland Central are thrilled to have our provincial leadership in place today. Thanks to all the delegates who attended today’s meeting. The following districts were represented: Bindura, Shamva, Mazowe, Mt Darwin, Mbire and Rushinga. Only Muzarabani could not make the day. Thank you all. We are happy. People living with disabilities were represented.

 

Launch of ROHR Matabeleland South Province – 1st October 2015
Today the people of Matabeleland South gathered in Gwanda to elect their provincial executive for ROHR. The excitement seen at all the other province launches was by far exceeded. The meeting coincided with the town fathers intending to introduce prepaid water meters. This has not gone down well with residents and a demo is planned. The demo is being led by the residents’ association and ROHR. An estimated 5000 people are expected to take to the streets. The meeting was well attended and a Chair was elected. Passionate human rights activists were chosen to be part of the executive. As always, the history, vision and objectives of ROHR were outlined. The meeting was graced by members of the residents’ association who asked ROHR to speak on the day of the demo. A special guest was the first executive mayor from the opposition, also a former headmaster, lecturer and legislator. The new executive requested help with visibility material on the day of the demo in form of tshirts, banner, fliers and mobilisation funds. A hearty welcome to our new brothers and sisters.

 

Launch of ROHR Matabeleland North Province – 2nd October 2015
The final member of our ROHR family finally came home officially this morning in the resort town of Victoria Falls. People from all around Matabeleland North converged to elect their provincial executive. It was the last province to be constituted but certainly not the least. The launch went so well and the people chose a lady to be the Chair and a reverend as the treasurer amongst others. Now that all provinces have been constituted, real work starts now from all the corners of this country. Thanks to all the people who made this exercise a success, all provincial chairpersons, the national secretariat and our leaders in the UK. We thank you most of all President and founder. Welcome Matabeleland North and thank you ROHR family for making this possible. Truly Together We Can.

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ZIMBABWE ALERT – Relentlessly pushing Zimbabwe’s poor towards the edge PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 August 2015 11:15

Zimbabwe is not the place for an easy life today.  With the economy in tailspin, businesses closing and workers being laid off in increasing numbers, and with a quarter of the population forced to work outside the country in order to keep their families alive, it comes as no surprise to learn that the unemployment rate is a staggering 90 per cent.  And if life is difficult even for the few in employment, one can but wonder how the rest manage to get by.

 

Imagine then the precarious life of some of those living close to the edge. Take for example a settled community of some 300 families eking out a meagre existence on a barren strip of land some 15 miles east of the city of Bulawayo. The area they inhabit is given the rather imposing name of Willsgrove Farm.   Here among the thorn scrub, without significant income or resources, or indeed any of the facilities we consider essential to modern life, somehow they manage to survive – just.  Mind you, even in their dire poverty they are in a better position than some because at least the houses they live in are constructed of good and strong building materials.  Better by far than the flimsy structures of their near neighbours in Killarney, dwellings which the Zimbabwean security forces tore down in the infamous Operation Murambatsvina back in 2005.  By contrast the dwellings on the Willsgrove Farm are well constructed and of sturdy material.  The community has been settled here for many years – the headman for 27 years – and no one was intending to move.

 

On the afternoon of 5th August a pastor was visiting this community who are a part of his scattered flock of impoverished, marginalised people. Suddenly and without warning a contingent of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) arrived on the scene.  They produced to the old headman a document purporting to be an eviction order served on behalf of the company claiming ownership of the land, and while still talking to him proceeded to start throwing out his belongings.  Minutes later a bulldozer appeared and began systematically demolishing, first his house and then the dwellings of other recognised leaders in the community.  The speed of the operation was breath-taking, as was the brutality that accompanied it.  Evidently the orders under which the ZRP were operating were not only to destroy these solid dwellings but to put the building materials beyond any possibility of rescue or re-use.  One old man who had used all his savings on retirement to purchase one solid roof structure saw that roof knocked down and then mangled beyond recognition.

 

Nor did the destruction end with the houses. Chickens reared by residents, turkeys and domestic animals suffered a worse fate.  The headman himself who owned three chicken houses containing some 2,000 poultry watched helplessly as the bulldozer flattened both the structures and the birds housed in them. The remaining live chickens found among the houses were stuffed into sacks and left to suffocate. Likewise with a number of puppies seized by the ZRP.

 

   It was a sickening display of unbelievable cruelty. Residents stood, shocked and helpless, while the wanton violence and mayhem swept through the community – a community that until that fateful afternoon had been living at peace with itself and the world.  Men, women and children wept aloud at the destruction unfolding before their unbelieving eyes.  

 

The pastor tried to remonstrate with the ZRP but to no avail.  Only later was he able to persuade them even to let him know where they had dumped the items seized in the raid – mostly in the bush and further out of town.  The now homeless residents of the Willsgrove Farm estate made their way on foot to these sites as best they were able in order to protect their trashed belongings.

 

The following morning (6th August) the ZRP returned to Willsgrove Farm and continued the wanton destruction of homesteads. But by this time the local press had been alerted and were present to witness the mayhem. So too a human rights lawyer who by early afternoon had secured authority sufficient to stop the evictions and the violence pending a Court hearing on 2nd September.  It transpires that there has been some litigation over a period concerning this site and the right of the residents to live there, though as the lawyer made plain to the ZRP even the existence of a valid eviction order, if such there was, would in no way justify such wanton brutality or the destruction of the property which was the subject of litigation. In the pastor’s words their actions were “very, very cruel”, indeed “barbaric”.

 

Moreover this barbaric raid upon the Willsgrove Farm community is by no means an isolated incident in Zimbabwe today. Similar raids have taken places in and around Harare and Chinoyi upon street traders and other poor and marginalised communities.  A common feature throughout is the destruction of well-constructed dwellings – in several cases dwellings that were built with donor funds following the terrible bloodshed that was a feature of the elections in 2008.  Within the seething political cauldron that is Zimbabwe today who, outside the inner circles of ZANU PF, can say who is responsible for initiating this destructive purge, or what their motive is?  It has become the lot of ordinary Zimbabweans under this suffocating tyranny simply to suffer and to endure, without asking why.

 

Meanwhile for the pastor and the few courageous souls who are working with him on the ground many months of intensive work lie ahead. He has already started attending to the urgent needs of this freshly displaced and traumatised community, ferrying them to collect their few battered belongings, taking those few who have relatives able to accommodate them temporarily to those homes, and providing such food, clothing and blankets as are available.  Informally an urgent appeal has gone out to local churches and a limited response is beginning to trickle in from a few individuals. Remember, these are hard times in Zimbabwe for all but the tiny number safely cocooned by political patronage.  For most there is little to give away or be generous with.

 

Zimbabwe Victims’ Support Fund has received an appeal to help the roughly 1,000 people who have been rendered homeless and who are in urgent need of relief supplies, particularly food and clothing.  We are sending an immediate initial sum of $ 1,000 and hope to send more later, depending on the needs identified on the ground and the response of our supporters.

 

Your prayers are also requested for the victims of this latest outrage and for those bravely standing with them in their hour of desperate need.  Remember Karl Barth’s words – “To clasp hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”

 

17th August 2015

 

Editorial note: we have taken out names.

 
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