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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

 
BBC man arrested in Zimbabwe PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 May 2012 10:16

Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 26th May 2012

 

The BBC classical music presenter Petroc Trelawny is reported to have been arrested in Zimbabwe and is said to be in prison. He was apparently detained on Thursday night for working without a permit. Trelawny was taking part in the Bulawayo Music Festival which opened on 23rd May and is due to end tomorrow (see: http://www.sha.co.zw/events/viewevent/931-bulawayo-music-festival). He was said to have been transferred to prison in Harare where it is understood that he was visited by the British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert. The grim conditions in Zimbabwean prisons were recently described by the New Zealand photo journalist Robin Hammond, who spent 25 days in a Zimbabwean jail (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/may20_2012.html#Z1 – The Zimbabwe Mugabe didn’t want you to see).

 

For further information contact Rose Benton 07970 996 003, 07932 193 467.

 
Protest in London over visit by Swazi King PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 May 2012 11:50

Media Release from the Swaziland Vigil – 16th May 2012

Protestors demonstrated outside a leading London hotel against the visit of King Mswati III of Swaziland – Africa’s last absolute ruler – who is in the UK to attend a diamond jubilee banquet for the world’s monarchs hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday 18th May.

The protest was organised by the Swaziland Vigil which stages regular demonstrations outside the Swaziland High Commission in London in protest at the king’s autocratic rule. They were supported by the Zimbabwe Vigil which protests against Mugabe and by Action for Southern Africa (the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement) along with members of British trade unions.

Amid drumming, singing and chants of ‘Mswati must go’ the demonstrators outside the Savoy hotel in the Strand carried banners reading: King Mswati buys £30m plane while his people eat cow dung’, ‘Mswati and his 30 strong entourage stay in £400 a night Savoy Hotel while his people starve’, ‘End human rights abuses in Swaziland’, and ‘Democracy now for Swaziland’.

A spokesperson for the Swaziland Vigil Flora Dlamini said the Swazi people were demanding democracy and an end to the feudal regime under which no political parties were allowed and freedom of expression was curtailed.

 ‘We have one of the richest kings in the world and yet we live in poverty. People are starving but he is here with more than 30 people in one of the most expensive hotels in London.

King Mswati (44) who has married 13 women was said, by two young women who came out of the Savoy, to be flirting with them asking about the best night clubs and shopping in the area.

The Swaziland Vigil is also to demonstrate outside the Swaziland High Commission in London on Saturday when King Mswati hosts a dinner there.

A BBC photographer passed by and took photos. He has posted this on twitter: ‘What the King of Swaziland might see if he looks out of his window at the Savoy Hotel in London’ (#royal http://pic.twitter.com/bNEcIcm6). He has also posted a sound bite on the following link: http://audioboo.fm/boos/804353-demo-against-swaziland-s-king-mswati-iii-outside-savoy.

Thanks to Fungayi Mabhunu, Flora Dlamini, Margaret Dlamini, Mary Muteyerwa, Georgina Makaza, Bernard Hukwa, Ellen Gonyora, Kelvin Kamupira, Ndana Sanyanga, Edward Mutamiswa, Tim Rusike and Rose Benton who attended the protest.

Photos link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157629759134256/. 

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Let them eat cow dung PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 19:27
Media Notice from the Swaziland Vigil – 14th May 2012

Swazis in London protest at visit by playboy king Mswati III

Exiled Swazis living in the UK are to protest outside the Savoy Hotel in London on Wednesday 16th May when their king Mswati III is due to arrive to attend a diamond jubilee banquet for the world’s monarchs hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday 18th May.

The protest is organised by the Swaziland Vigil which stages regular demonstrations outside the Swaziland High Commission in London in protest at the king’s autocratic rule. He is Africa’s last absolute monarch and has, at the last count, 13 wives – although there are reports that some of them have fled. Forty-four year old Mswati III, educated at Sherborne public school in Dorset, is said by Forbes magazine to have a fortune of more than $100 million while his people live in poverty.

The co-ordinator of the Swazi Vigil Thobile Gwebu said people in Swaziland had been reduced to eating cow dung so that they could fill their bellies as required for the AIDs medicines provided by NGOs. She said the king had recently taken delivery of a DC-9 twin-engine aircraft claiming it was a gift from ‘anonymous sponsors’.

Ms Gwebu said she understood the king was travelling with the entourage of 30, staying at the Savoy where room prices start at £400 a night.

She said Swazis in the UK didn’t want to spoil the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and had written to her explaining that, as Queen of the Commonwealth, perhaps she could have a word with Mswati so that they could return home to a country where human rights were respected. For text of the letter see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/397-swaziland-vigil-letter-to-the-queen.

The Swaziland Vigil is also planning to picket the Swaziland High Commission on Saturday 19th May when king Mswati is due to hold a dinner.

Savoy Protest
Date:                    Wednesday 16th May from 12 noon – 3 pm
Venue:                 Savoy Hotel, Strand, London
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Swazi High Commission Protest
Date:                    Saturday 19th May from 6.30 pm
Venue:                
Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB

Contact:               Fungayi Mabhunu 07746 552 597

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Zimbabweans present petition to 10 Downing Street PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 April 2012 17:26

MEDIA NOTICE – 19th April 2012

 

Exiled Zimbabweans are marking the 32nd anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence by presenting a petition to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to ensure that elections threatened this year are supervised by the UN.

 

A letter accompanying the petition thanks David Cameron for his recent promise to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to help Zimbabwe hold free and fair elections

 

The petition reads: ‘We call on the Security Council to ensure that the next elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair. We look to the United Nations to supervise the electoral process and the handover of power to a new government and believe peace-keeping troops will need to be in place before, during and after the polling.’

 

The petition has been signed in the past two years by more than 12,000 people from all over the world who have passed by the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been held outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past 10 years in protest at human rights abuses.

 

The Vigil fears that President Mugabe will illegally call elections before reforms have been made and again bludgeon his way back to power.

 

Before the petition is handed over, the Vigil and supporters of Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change will demonstrate outside the South African High Commission to urge President Zuma to force Mugabe to adopt the promised reforms.

 

Date:                    Saturday 21st  April  from 2 – 6 pm

Venues:              Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2

                            South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square

                            10 Downing Street SW1

Timetable:           2 pm – meet outside the Zimbabwe Embassy

                            2.45 – move to the South African High Commission

                            3 pm – speeches and activities outside South Africa House

                            3.45 – move to 10 Downing Street

                            4.15 – Vigil petition handed in to 10 Downing Street

4.30 – return to the Vigil at the Zimbabwe Embassy  

Contacts:            Rose Benton 07970 996 003 / 07932 193 467, Fungayi Mabhunu 07746 552 597

 
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