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‘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/.

 
Zimbabwean exiles call for new elections PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 20:51

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’

 
London Protest at Zimbabwe Election Rigging PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 July 2013 19:33

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 29th July 2013

 

Zimbabwean exiles and supporters are to protest outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on Wednesday 31st July – Zimbabwe’s Election Day – against the rigging of the vote by Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

 

Mugabe controls all levers of power from the election commission (and the electoral roll) to the judiciary, the security services and the broadcasting media.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been protesting outside the Embassy every Saturday for the past eleven years, is being joined in this protest for free and fair elections by Action for Southern Africa, the successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and by the Trades Union Congress.

 

Mugabe has refused to implement reforms agreed with the regional body the Southern African Development Community (SADC) after the stolen elections of 2008. The Vigil believes there must be new elections organised by SADC in keeping with the agreed roadmap and their election guidelines.

 

Timetable for the day

·         12 noon: meet outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2R 0JR. Nearest station: Charing Cross.

·         2 pm: visit the South African High Commission to present a petition calling for new elections in Zimbabwe.

·         The protest will end at 6 pm.

 

Media opportunities

·         President Mugabe will be showing how to stuff ballot boxes

·         African drumming, singing and dancing

·         Interviews with Zimbabwean exiles

 

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

 
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