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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.
15th anniversary of the Zimbabwe Vigil PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2017 18:47

We are marking the Zimbabwe Vigil's 15th anniversary on Saturday 14th October from 2 – 6 outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. To mark the anniversary we have published a book based on our weekly diaries: ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’, which records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved.

It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil's and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available on Amazon.

Good news is that Peter Tatchell is coming to receive a copy of the Vigil book. Pater is a tireless human rights campaigner who has attempted to arrest Mugabe in the past and been beaten up by Mugabe's security guards. We are pleased to report that he finally successfully arrested Mugabe (played by Fungayi Mabhunu in our Mugabe mask) at the Vigil in August last year.

Please come and join us to commemorate our long struggle.

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