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Israeli company selling out Israel PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 November 2013 22:23

Media Notice – 21st November 2013:

 

Zimbabweans driven into exile have complained that an Israeli company, Nikuv, helped rig the July elections which returned Mugabe to power.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil in the UK says there is convincing evidence that Nikuv manipulated the voters’ roll in the elections on hire from Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

 

The Vigil, which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London for the past 11 years in support of human rights, warns that Nikuv’s involvement will be counterproductive for Israel because the Mugabe regime has already indicated that it is prepared to sell uranium to Iran. The Vigil has written the following letter to the Israeli government.

 

Open letter to the Prime Minister and people of Israel

 

The people of Zimbabwe have been struggling for the last 33 years to unseat a corrupt and brutal post-independence regime – a regime that has crashed their hopes and dreams of freedom, liberty and the human dignity the nation had gone to war for and paid dearly for with the loss of many lives.

 

Since Independence Mugabe and his Zanu PF party have ruled the country with an iron fist, corrupting the country’s democratic institutions and denying the people their basic freedoms and rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country and the right to life itself. Thousands of innocent Zimbabweans have been murdered by Mugabe and his followers to establish the country’s de facto one-party dictatorship.

 

This year, 2013, the nation had its best chance ever to end Mugabe’s reign of terror peacefully through free, fair and credible elections. It is most disheartening that Mugabe was once again able to rig the elections. Worse still, it is hard to believe that an Israeli company, Nikuv, was the tyrant’s chief architect of this vote rigging.

 

What have the people of Zimbabwe ever done to Israel that an Israeli company should seek to foil their hopes and dreams of justice, peace and life itself in such a heartless way?

 

Nikuv worked with the Mugabe regime in 2002 and is reportedly being hired by other countries in the region such as Malawi.

 

We believe the Israeli government and people owe it to the people of Zimbabwe to force Nikuv to reveal the role it played in helping Mugabe rig the elections.

 

It is not just in the interest of natural justice that the truth should be known about how the Zimbabwe elections were rigged but also in Israel’s national interest. It is no secret that Iran has been trying to buy Zimbabwe’s uranium for its nuclear programme. A tyrant like Mugabe or his successor will not hesitate to do such a deal with a repressive regime like Iran.

 

We therefore call upon the Prime Minister of Israel and the people of Israel to stop Nikuv exporting chaos and mayhem to Zimbabwe and our region and to assist us in establishing the full truth of Nikuv’s involvement in Zimbabwe’s 2013 rigged elections.

 

Part of a report by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) detailing the rigging of Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections including the role paid by Nikuv can be accessed here: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/545-israeli-company-selling-out-israel. The MDC says in its report that Nikuv was run and operated by the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

 

 
Protest at Visit to London by Zimbabwean Minister – 8th November 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:36

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 6th November 2013

 

Protest at Visit to London by Zimbabwean Minister – 8th November 2013

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil is to stage a demonstration outside the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Friday when the Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism, Walter Mzembi, speak at the Chatham House think tank.

 

Mzembi is thought to be the first Zimbabwean Minister to visit the UK since the rigged elections of 31st July which kept Mugabe in power.

 

Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton said: ‘Mzembi presents himself as the reasonable face of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF mafia. But he cannot distance himself from the ruination that Mugabe has brought upon Zimbabwe . . . the poverty, starvation, despair, the enslavement of the people to Chinese colonisers’.

 

Demonstrators will greet him with posters such as: ‘Who poisoned the elephants?’, ‘Who is destroying the forests?’ and ‘Who is stealing the diamonds?’

 

Date:                        Friday, 8th November 2013

Times:                     Mzembi is due to speak between 12.30 and 1.30 pm.

                                The demonstration will take place from 12 noon to 1 pm.

Venue:                     The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE

Nearest Stations:     Piccadilly, Green Park (Piccadilly line)

Contacts:                 Fungayi Mabhunu 07907 089 899, Rose Benton 07970 996 003, 07932 193 467.

 
‘Restore Zimbabwe’ Conference – 24th October PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 18:32

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 22nd October 2013

 

Exiled Zimbabweans are to meet in London on Thursday 24th October to discuss the way forward following the return of 89- year-old Robert Mugabe to power in elections on 31st July.

 

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says the elections were massively rigged. The West has refused to accept the outcome as legitimate although it has been endorsed by other African countries.

 

The ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ Conference will be addressed by Kate Hoey MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe. Other speakers will be political analyst Wilbert Mukori and Taurayi Chomboko, an unsuccessful candidate for the elections. Dewa Mavhinga of Human Rights Watch, Pastor Charles Chipere and Betty Makoni, founder of Girl Child Network, are other key speakers.

 

The conference will be chaired by Ephraim Tapa, a founder member of the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has organised the meeting. The Vigil has been demonstrating outside Zimbabwe House in London every Saturday for the past eleven years in support of free and fair elections. Mr Tapa is also Chair of the organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement.

 

He said: ‘Following the fraudulent elections, we were approached by a number of groups and individuals about the need for the Zimbabwean diaspora to meet together to discuss how we can help resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe. The purpose of the meeting is to agree a common platform and strategy for diaspora action.’

 

Date:                        Thursday, 24th October 2013

Starts:                      9 am registration for 10 am start. Ends 4.30 pm

Venue:                     Theatre, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG        

Nearest Station:       Bethnal Green (Central line)

Contacts:                 Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07907 089 899, Rose Benton 07970 996 003, 07932 193 467.

 
Look East for Aid PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:20

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 21st August 2013

 

Look East for Aid

 

Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are calling on the European Union to follow the lead of the United States and continue sanctions against the illegal Mugabe regime. They also want all government aid to the 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be suspended.

 

The call comes from the Zimbabwe Vigil which has been demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past eleven years in support of free and fair elections.

 

The Vigil is to launch a new petition on Saturday addressed to European Union governments. It reads:

 

Following the rigged elections in Zimbabwe, we urge the European Union to reimpose the targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his cronies. We further call on the EU to suspend government aid to all Southern African Development Community countries until they abide by their commitment to uphold human rights in Zimbabwe.’

 

Vigil leader Ephraim Tapa said ‘Zimbabwe has been betrayed by SADC which has turned a blind eye to blatantly rigged elections. The choice of Mugabe to be their next Chair at the age of 90 underlines that SADC stands for the Southern African Dictators’ Club.’

 

Tapa went on ‘SADC has swallowed Mugabe’s propaganda that Zimbabwe’s economic woes are caused by sanctions and has demanded that they be lifted. We question why they are siding with Mugabe against the suffering people of Zimbabwe and the sanctions he has imposed on them: poverty, disease and violence. Why should the tax payers of Europe pay for these Mugabe puppets in SADC?’

 

‘The UK gives Zimbabwe alone about $100 million a year in government aid despite constant insults from Mugabe, as well as giving hundreds of millions more to the other members of SADC. Altogether the EU gives billions of dollars each year to pay for the misgovernment and corruption of Southern Africa. Why? Let them look East for aid.’

 

The launch of the petition is part of the global diaspora protest which has seen demonstrations outside Zimbabwe embassies around the 21st of the month since the beginning of last year.

  

Contacts: Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07746 552 597, Rose Benton 07970 996 003 and 07932 193 467.

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Zimbabwean exiles call for new elections PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 August 2013 13:36

As votes were cast in the Zimbabwe elections, Zimbabwean exiles and supporters in London called on South Africa to organize new elections in keeping with the agreed roadmap and election guidelines of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

 

The call came during a six hour demonstration by the Zimbabwe Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on election day , 31st July, in protest at the rigging of the vote by Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

 

About 70 Vigil supporters were joined by members of Action for Southern Africa , the successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and representatives of the Trades Union Congress and the Labour Party. Also there was the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

 

The protest was covered by a variety of news organisations who showed particular interest in the Vigil’s depiction of how Mugabe was stealing the elections.

 

A Vigil leader, Fungayi Mabhunu, wearing a Mugabe mask, was filmed stuffing ballot boxes with votes from large black bags labeled Nikuv – the Israeli company accused of helping Zanu PF rig the elections.

 

As the demonstration got under way Fungayi received a text from Harare that an informant in the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission had disclosed that polling stations in MDC strongholds were being supplied with Nikuv pens with ink which disappeared after a few hours.

 

During the afternoon Vigil supporters moved en masse around the corner for a boisterous demonstration outside the South African High Commission, where the following letter was delivered:

 

‘Dear President Zuma

 

Zimbabwe elections not credible

 

Zimbabwean exiles and supporters deplore the refusal of President Mugabe to ensure the elections are free and fair. There is overwhelming evidence that the poll has been comprehensively rigged and we have no confidence that the results will reflect the will of the people.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil calls on the Southern African Development Community to organise new elections in keeping with the agreed roadmap and SADC election guidelines.

 

We caution you that, as things stand, there will inevitably be a new mass exodus of desperate and impoverished people fleeing Zimbabwe as the Mugabe mafia intensifies its looting, sending the country’s economy into a cataclysmic decline’

 

For film coverage of our protest by CBC check: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/World/ID/2398974727/. Photos of the protest are on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157634873340843/.

 
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