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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

 
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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