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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.

Zimbabwean activist killed PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 July 2013 18:30

Press Release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 14th July 2013


With elections due in Zimbabwe in a few weeks, a human rights activist has been killed a day before a planned protest by the organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) against election rigging.


The activist, Elliot Dhliwayo, was in a car with a senior ROHR official travelling near Chivhu on the Harare-Masvingo road when two vehicles took turns to sideswipe their car and did not stop when it crashed. Both victims and witnesses believed this was an assassination attempt.         


Mr Dhliwayo died of his injuries. He was 38 and leaves a wife and three children.  His companion is recovering in hospital.


The incident took place on 3rd July. The protest was postponed and took place on Friday 12th July. More than a hundred ROHR activists delivered petitions to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Home Affairs Ministry demanding free and fair elections (for full report see:


The ROHR President, Ephraim Tapa, described the death of Mr Dhliwayo as an assassination and said that the Mugabe regime would stop at nothing to suppress opposition and win the elections on 31st July. He added that being a human rights defender was currently the most dangerous job in Zimbabwe.


ROHR was started by the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past eleven years against human rights abuses and in support of free and fair elections.


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

15th Free Zimbabwe Global Protest - stop police harassment of civil society and opposition members PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 March 2013 20:57

Please come and join us on Saturday 23rd March 2013 for the 15th round of the Free Zimbabwe Global Campaign. The campaign has seen monthly protests by the Zimbabwean diaspora round the world since the beginning of last year.


We will be delivering a letter to the Tanzania High Commission to pass on to President Kikwete, Chairperson of the SADC Security Troika.


The letter condemns illegal police harassment of civil society and opposition members and calls on SADC to insist that Zimbabwean police act within the law and respect the spirit of the Global Political Agreement.


Copies of the letter will also be delivered to the South African High Commission and the Zimbabwe Embassy.


Timetable for the day

2 pm – set up Vigil

2.45 – 3 pm – move to Tanzania High Commission, 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS.

3.30 pm – deliver letter to Tanzania HC

4.30 pm – deliver letter to South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square

5 pm – back to Vigil to deliver letter to the Zimbabwe Embassy



Bus route 6 from Charing Cross to Bond Street (approx 30 minutes) – Bond Street is 2 minutes from Tanzanian HC

Bakerloo underground from Charing Cross to Oxford Circus (15 minutes) then a 10 minute walk

Buses from Trafalgar Square to Oxford Circus – 12, 3, 88.


We recommend that those already travelling in London get a day pass for tube and bus.

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