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Zimbabwe Vigil Media Release: 19th April 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:33

Grotesque Charade in London

Zimbabwe’s military regime was embraced in the UK while back home Vice-President General Chiwenga sacked all nurses in government hospitals for demanding a living wage. See:

Vigil activists were outside the Embassy in London on Independence Day when the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister General Sibusiso Moyo was present at a reception. The Embassy called the police who were happy to let our protest continue as long as we didn’t block the Embassy doorway.

The Vigil distributed the following leaflet: 

‘Lipstick on a pig’

 Exiled Zimbabweans welcomed the ousting of Robert Mugabe in the military coup last November. But the Zimbabwe Vigil cautions against prematurely embracing the new regime represented here by Lieutenant General Moyo, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

General Moyo is fresh from what the regime’s newspaper calls ‘a charm offensive’ in New York, where he parroted President Mnangagwa’s mantra that Zimbabwe is ‘open for business’. General Moyo said that, apart from economic reforms, the regime is undertaking ‘serious agreed political reforms’.

The Vigil has seen no sign of these and suggests that you would be wise to see whether the forthcoming elections are accepted as free, fair and credible.

Here’s what the Zimbabwean academic Dr Nkululeko Sibanda, Professor of International Relations at the University of Huddersfield, has to say: ‘No country develops out of putting a begging bowl for the rest of the world to donate to. He must develop the conditions of the economy on the ground, the fundamentals of the economy. In terms of the elections, I think it’s a serious challenge and it would seem as though the government is trying to put lipstick on a pig and hoping that it will look like something beautiful to marry. It is not.

'If they are serious about free and fair elections, they must forthwith make available a voters’ roll that can be inspected by any member of the public, at any particular moment, either for a fee or no fee at all. Failure of that, the election is just going to be a joke and will only be believed by those who are desperate to believe the ED (Mnangagwa) government.’

In our 16th year of protesting outside the Embassy it was interesting to see several of our former supporters joining the queue for the Embassy reception. 

Vigil supporters were on the street again today, Thursday, to support Action for Southern Africa’s protest against oppression in Swaziland outside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Pall Mall.

Pall Mall was alive with activity – 4 other protests were going on at the same time:  for Biafra, Barbuda and Sri Lanka as well as an LGBT group demanding that anti-LGBT laws should be abolished in the Commonwealth.

For photos of the protests, check: and  

Longer Saturday Vigil - 25/11/2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 November 2017 14:09

The first post-Mugabe Saturday Vigil will be held tomorrow from noon until 6 pm or later.

As many as a thousand people attended last Saturday’s Vigil. Activists gathered again outside the Embassy on Tuesday when Mugabe resigned. The Vigil returned to the Embassy on Wednesday from 8 am to past 6 pm when we made it clear that our protests would continue until there is democracy in Zimbabwe. 

At his inauguration today Mnangagwa spoke of democracy but he has also made clear his overriding allegiance to Zanu PF so we remain sceptical about his intentions. He did, however, promise to hold next year’s elections as planned.

With this in mind, here is the new petition we will be running from tomorrow:


Petition to UK Africa Minister Rory Stewart

Zimbabwean exiles and supporters welcome your visit to Zimbabwe and believe the UK has much to contribute to the country.

The euphoria over the removal of the Mugabes has given way to realisation that nothing else has changed. The new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke of democracy but also made clear his overriding allegiance to Zanu PF, which has repeatedly shown it does not believe in democracy.

We urge you to insist on free and fair elections in Zimbabwe to determine the will of the people before the UK offers support to Mnangagwa. In particular, we stress the importance of the following:

1.     New voters’ roll and an independent election commission

2.    Diaspora vote

3.     Participation of Western election observers

4.     Opposition access to state radio and television

5.     Police reform and the disbanding of the Central Intelligence Organisation

Zimbabwe Vigil Press Release: 17th November 2017 - Big anti-Mugabe march in Harare and demonstration in London PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 November 2017 12:22
Big anti-Mugabe march in Harare and demonstration in London
The Vigil has been sent the following message from a reliable source in Zimbabwe:
Plans for a Solidarity March in support of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces in removing Mugabe are at an advanced stage. Saturday 18th of November has been declared an independence day as Zimbabweans are going to march to State House to remove Mugabe from power, starting from Robert Mugabe Square in Harare.
1. The military and the war veterans are fully behind the march.
2. MDC alliance and all other opposition parties are behind the march
3. Public transport including combis will be transporting people for free to Harare in support of the march
4. No police/army will block the march as they are behind the march
5. Spread the news to every Zimbabwean and make sure you help in any way to make sure this march is a success
6. Once we all come together and march we are sending a clear message to SADC AU EU and the whole world that we are actually supporting our army and we are tired of Mugabe
7. Remember what happened in Egypt, The people had the army behind them and their march against the president was successful
8. Let’s get this issue done and dusted, we cant afford to have Mugabe back as president with his wife.
9. We cant have a 93 year person ruling more than 15 million people
Start by sending this message to all your contacts.
Thank you Zimbabwe
For the Vigil’s part, we will hold a special demonstration in support of the ousting of Mugabe on Saturday outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London from 2 – 6 pm. Mugabe and Grace are bound to drop by to say farewell on their way home to Singapore. To make sure they behave there will be soldiers present.
If you want to know more about the events leading up to the army coup see the newly-published book by the Vigil: ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ available from the Vigil and Amazon. Also on sale will be our ‘hedging our bets’ wristbands with the message ‘Mugabe must go / has gone’.
Contacts: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07401765206 and Rose Benton 07970996003
Zimbabwe Vigil's statement on the coup PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:11
Zimbabwe Vigil Press Release – Wednesday 15th November 2017

At the moment the coup in Zimbabwe is a dispute within the ruling Zanu PF. But it is clear that it is in support of ousted Vice-president Mnangagwa. He is known to have the support of the UK and US and maybe also China and South Africa.  He apparently has plans to form a transitional authority including MDC leader Tsvangirai. This could be supported by the  Vigil provided there were external controls ensuring that Zanu PF was not again allowed to sideline the opposition and continue the Zanu PF reign of corruption, violence and nepotism.

Our position is that we will support any efforts that bring about a representative transitional arrangement leading to a free, fair and credible election. We are for a true and genuine democracy that respects human rights.

Contacts: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07401765206 and Rose Benton 07970996003.
Peter Tatchell's speech at the Zimbabwe Vigil's 15th anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:12
To all Zimbabwe Vigil activists, supporters and friends

We are pleased to be able to share with you Peter Tatchell's speech made at the Zimbabwe Vigil's 15th anniversary on Saturday 14th October outside the the Zimbabwe Embassy in London ( Our thanks to Peter for his support and encouragement over the years.
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