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Zimbabwe Vigil’s 10th Anniversary – no cause for celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:16

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 10th October 2012

 

As Zimbabwe prepares for fateful elections in the next nine months, the Zimbabwe Vigil marks its 10th anniversary demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London in support of democracy and human rights.

 

Exiled Zimbabweans have been meeting every Saturday outside the Embassy near Trafalgar Square since 12th October 2002 demanding free and fair elections and an end to human rights abuses.

 

The protest has been described by the Observer newspaper as the largest regular demonstration in London. Attendance has ranged from a handful to more than 300. Petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of passers-by have been submitted to the UK government, the UN, the EU, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community etc.

 

Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton said ‘Our purpose is to draw the attention of the world to the catastrophe in our homeland. Our most immediate concern is that international election monitors must be in place before the next elections to deter Mugabe’s violence which enabled him to steal the last elections.

 

‘Despite an abundance of natural resources our people live in desperate poverty. The wealth of Zimbabwe is looted and the environment trashed. If it is not stopped the region as a whole will be endangered.

 

‘The deadline for elections is next June but no serious steps have been implemented to honour the agreement under which Mugabe’s Zanu PF party bought off the former opposition MDC party. For instance the current voters’ roll still lists the late Rhodesian leader Ian Smith and 16,800 voters born on 01/01/1901.’

 

Timetable for the day

·        2 – 6 pm: meet outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2R 0JR for the regular Vigil. Nearest station: Charing Cross.

·        6-30 – 9.30 pm: 10th Anniversary gathering to discuss the way forward. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. Nearest station: Temple (District and Circle lines). For more detailed directions, check Events and Notices on our website: www.zimvigil.co.uk.

 

Contacts

Fungayi Mabhunu         07746 552 597

Rose Benton                 07970 996 003

 
Zimbabwean protest outside Zambian diplomatic offices PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 21:24

Media Release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 20th June 2012

 

Zimbabwean exiles are to stage a demonstration outside the Zambian High Commission in London at 3.30 pm on Thursday 21st June as part of the 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protests that have been taking place on the 21st of each month since the beginning of 2012 (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/jun20_2012.html#Z6 – Zambian President to be targeted in Free Zim Protest).

 

The protesters will deliver a statement from Den Moyo, the Zimbabwean diaspora leader in the USA (see: Global Zimbabwe Protest against Zambian President Sata’s utterances - http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/news/zimbabwe/58905/global-zimbabwe-protest-against-zambian.html).

 

The protest follows a similar demonstration by the Zimbabwe Vigil outside the Zambian High Commission when President Sata was in the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations (see: . http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/press-releases/409-zimbabweans-in-uk-protest-at-zambian-presidents-visit--6th-june-2012 - Zimbabweans in UK protest at Zambian President’s visit).

 

Protest details

Time and Date: 3.30 – 4.30 pm on Thursday 21st June

Venue: Zambian High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG

Contact: Rose Benton 07970996003, 07932193467

 
Zimbabweans protest over Zambian interference PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 18:07

Message to supporters

 

The Zimbabwean diaspora leader in the USA Den Moyo has called for protests outside Zambian diplomatic premises on 21st June because of President Sata’s support of Zanu PF (see press release below).  It is the latest in the series of 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protests held against the lack of progress in Zimbabwe. Since the beginning of 2012 these protests held on 21st of each month have been supported by the MDC Diaspora. The Zimbabwe Vigil has already targetted the Zambian High Commission in London (see: Zimbabweans in UK protest at Zambian President’s visit – http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/press-releases/409-zimbabweans-in-uk-protest-at-zambian-presidents-visit--6th-june-2012 and Open Letter to Zambia – http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/410-open-letter-to-zambia--zimbabwe-vigil-diary-9th-june-2012). Our experience is the Zambian people are very responsive and we support Den Moyo’s move. We await details of plans for London and suggest supporters consult their local MDC representatives re what they plan to do about this.

 

 

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/news/zimbabwe/58905/global-zimbabwe-protest-against-zambian.html

 

Global Zimbabwe protest against Zambian President Sata's utterances

 

We members of The Free Zimbabwe Global Campaign (FZGC) are utterly dismayed at Zambian President Michael Sata’s misguided statements regarding our beloved motherland since he landed the Zambian presidency a few months ago.

 

by Den Moyo

 

As peace-loving but tormented people, we were both excited and encouraged by the smooth transition in Zambia following the demise of President Rupiah Banda. We thought it was the epitome of democratic maturity and a development to be proud of in Africa.

 

To our greatest disappointment, Mr. Sata has become a self-appointed spokesman and gatekeeper for not only ZANU PF but those who work daily to crash democratic voices in Zimbabwe.

 

Recently he was shouting ZANU PF slogans in an SADC Summit plenary meeting despite the fact that he was there as part of the Security, Defense and Peace Troika, meant to maintain a neutral position in helping Zimbabweans find each other in the ongoing engagement.

 

Soon after he became president, Michael Sata denigrated the MDC, Zimbabwe’s biggest and home-grown political party, for being a puppet of the West which should never be allowed to rule Zimbabwe.

 

As progressive Zimbabweans who formed this party at home and in the Diaspora out of the need to improve our own circumstances, we cannot take this insult lightly. Collectively, we remind President Sata that he is the fifth President of Zambia. We ask him the same question; where was his party, the Patriotic Front, when President Kaunda’s UNIP liberated Zambia?

 

It is in this context that we advise him to leave us to determine our destiny without him carelessly supporting a party whose time has expired and trying to remain in power through violent suppression of the democratic aspirations of people.

 

Does he not see any paradox in wishing us a life president when Zambia has changed leaders five times? If Zambia can have a Caucasian as deputy president, why can’t a white deputy minister of Agriculture in Zimbabwe, as he suggested?

 

We hereby remind him that Zimbabweans are very patient people but they are not intellectually deficient morons? Our current struggle that we have been seized with for more than a decade is to extricate our country from the morass created by this regime.

 

We want to put on record that the Zambian people are our sisters and brothers owing to our shared geography, history and culture. Nevertheless, President Sata’s uninformed or biased views on our political dynamics are a major concern.

 

We will visit Zambian embassies in the US, in London, and all over the world on the 21st of June to remind his officials of these truths.

 

For and on Behalf of the People of Zimbabwe

Den Moyo, Coordinator 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protest Tel: +1 571 221 3858 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Zimbabweans in UK protest at Zambian President’s visit – 6th June 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:43

Zimbabweans exiled in the UK staged two demonstrations on Wednesday against the visit to London of President Michael Sata of Zambia who is a guest at Jubilee celebrations for the Queen.

 

Zimbabwe Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani said ‘Sata is an unashamed supporter of Mugabe. His parroting “Pamberi ne Zanu PF (Forward with Zanu PF)” at last week’s SADC meeting was disgraceful.’

 

He was referring to a meeting of the Southern African Development Community in the Angolan capital Luanda which rejected Mugabe’s demand for early elections before reforms are made in accordance with the political agreement with the former opposition MDC in 2008.

 

The first demonstration took place at Marlborough House where the Queen attended a lunch for Commonwealth leaders. The demonstrators carried posters reading: ‘Zimbabweans protest at Zambian President’s support for Mugabe’, ‘Broom or bust’, ‘Sata loves Mugabe’, Sata – no interference in Zimbabwe’, ‘No to Mugabe, No to Sata’ and ‘No Satasfaction’.

 

The demonstrators then went on the Zambian High Commission to deliver the following letter for President Sata:

 

‘Dear President Sata

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil deplores your interference in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe.

 

Your repeated expression of support for Zanu PF and your slanderous denigration of the MDC make us wonder whether you are in the pocket of Robert Mugabe.

 

We hear that your parroting of “Pamberi ne Zanu PF (Forward with Zanu PF)” at last week’s SADC meeting even embarrassed Zanu PF (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/jun3a_2012.html - Fireworks at Angola Summit).

 

We are confident that your opinions do not reflect those of the vast majority of our brothers and sisters in Zambia for whom we have great respect.

 

We are surprised that you have seen fit to come to London considering the negative comments you have made about this country which gave you sanctuary as a platform sweeper at Victoria Station.  We have presented the High Commission with a new broom to hand on to you so that you can resume a profession for which you seem better equipped than your current one.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London for the past 10 years in protest at human rights abuses at home which have forced us into exile (see: www.zimvigil.co.uk).’

 

Zambian diplomats refused to accept the letter which was attached to our gift of a broom and a bag of gems. So we posted the letter in a letterbox outside.

 

The Zambians asked why we were demonstrating outside their High Commission and they were asked in return why their President was supporting Mugabe.

 

Josephine Zhuga said ‘How many presidents have you had since 1980? We have only had Mugabe’.

 

Another demonstrator, Cephas Maswoswa, who performed an impromptu dance with the broom while sweeping the High Commission steps, said ‘Why are we in exile? Why are there no human rights in Zimbabwe?’

 

Others who engaged the Zambians, apart from Vigil co-ordinators Dumi and Rose Benton, included Louisa Musaerenge, Ellen Gonyora and Kelvin Kamupira.

 
Not ‘Satasfied’ – Zimbabweans in UK protest at Zambian President’s visit PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 08:32

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 4th June 2012

The Zimbabwe Vigil is to stage a protest on Wednesday 6th June against the visit to London by President Michael Sata of Zambia who is a guest at Jubilee celebrations for the Queen.

 

Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani said ‘Sata is an unashamed apologist for Mugabe. His parroting “Pamberi ne Zanu PF (Forward with Zanu PF)” at last week’s SADC meeting even embarrassed Zanu PF (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/jun3a_2012.html - Fireworks at Angola summit).

 

He was referring to a meeting of the Southern African Development Community in the Angolan capital Luanda which rejected Mugabe’s demand for early elections before reforms were made in accordance with the political agreement with the former opposition MDC in 2008.

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil has asked permission from the police hold a protest from 1 – 2 pm outside the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, where President Sata is to attend a lunch hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

 

The lunch is to be attended by the Queen so if the demonstration is not allowed for security reasons there will be a protest at the Zambian High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG (same time).

 

Southern Africans will deliver a new broom as a gift to Mr Sata. He was previously a platform sweeper at Victoria Station but we now think he needs to clean up his own act.

 

He is in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We thought any word of diamonds would set his heart pounding so we will give him a bag of gems to wean him from Mugabe’s largesse.

 

Protest details

Time and Date: 1 – 2pm on Wednesday 6th June 2012

Venue: outside Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX

If not allowed

Venue: outside Zambian High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG at 1 pm

 

Contacts:         Rose Benton 07970 996 003, 07932 193 467

                        Dumi Tutani 07960 039 775

 
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