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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

Police open fire at Harare Demo PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 July 2013 11:02

Press Release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 18th July 2013


Police open fire at Harare Demo


Police in Harare fired shots in the air to disperse human rights activists gathered outside the Home Affairs Ministry on Wednesday to deliver a petition demanding the right to vote in free and fair elections.


It was the second demonstration in Harare in a week by members of Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR).


The activists were joined by passers-by as they marched on the Ministry carrying banners. They were confronted by a big contingent of plain clothes police who tried to seize the banners and ordered people to disperse. When the activists refused to co-operate the shots were fired as a warning causing people to scatter.


Ephraim Tapa, President of ROHR, said the protest campaign would continue in the run-up to the elections. ‘People are determined to carry on’, he said.


For further information, contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090 or Dennis Benton 07932 193 467.

Protest at Rigged Elections - 31/07/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 July 2013 18:26

Please come and join us at 12 noon on Wednesday 31st July (Election Day) outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. We will be joined at 1 pm by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and the TUC and we plan to move to the South African High Commission at 2 pm.


The Vigil will be demonstrating how Mugabe has rigged the poll to ensure that he remains in power and we will be submitting a letter to President Zuma calling on him to arrange new elections in keeping with the agreed road map and SADC principles.


We expect considerable press coverage on this crucial day. It’s important to tell the world what is really going on in Zimbabwe.  


For more information, contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07746 552 597, Rose Benton 07970 996 003.


ROHR demo outside election offices in Harare – 22nd July 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:44

Today (Monday) between 1330hrs and 1430hrs a group of about 100 human right activists under the banner of the Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe staged a peaceful demonstration outside the ZEC offices at the corner of Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare.


Their bone of contention is that ZEC has no capacity to run a credible plebiscite come 31st July. They further argue that even if ZEC were capacitated to run a smooth harmonised election, the body has disenfranchised millions of bona-fide Zimbabwean citizens because of the flawed ZEC voter registration process which had many bottlenecks designed to scuttle the urban vote.


ZEC released figures a few weeks ago that Greater Harare had registered 27,000 and Bulawayo Province 13,100 voters during the one month long mobile voter registration exercise. During the same period, ZEC says Mashonaland East Province accounted for 70,000 voters whilst Manicaland had 60,000.  


This has irked unregistered urbanites who are suggesting that ZEC re-opens mobile voter registration and allow people to register until a day before polling. They are also arguing that ZEC should allow all Zimbabwean citizens to cast their ballot without having registered and that a supplementary voters’ roll should be compiled comprising the unregistered voters. 


ROHR spokesperson Mr Kimberley Nyatsanga said they will continue to pile pressure on ZEC to do the right thing. This is the third time since the close of voter registration that ROHR has staged a demonstration against ZEC. Nyatsanga says they will continue to hold demonstrations picketing ZEC and the Registrar General's offices.


ROHR President Ephraim Tapa declared that the election had already failed to meet the free and fair threshold with millions in the diaspora and at home having been denied their right to vote. He called on ZEC to avoid pushing the country into a serious security risk by owning up to the Zimbabwe people and the world that they had no capacity to deliver a free and fair election let alone a credible outcome.

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