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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 27th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 March 2010 15:50

 A special hymn-singing and prayer Vigil is to be held outside the Zimbabwe Embassy from 12.30 – 2 pm on Easter Sunday in solidarity with Anglican worshippers in Harare locked out of St Mary’s Cathedral because of the power struggle involving former Bishop Kunonga, a Mugabe crony and farm beneficiary. 

The special Vigil is being supported by London’s Southwark Cathedral, which has a long-standing relationship with the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe, St Martin-in-the-Fields, which is our local church, and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.  The Vigil will be attended by Bishop Michael Doe who has recently returned from Zimbabwe. He will speak (at 1 pm) about his experiences ‘celebrating the Eucharist in a ditch’. 

Vigil management team member Sue Toft hosted the interim Harare Bishop Sebastian Bakare when he visited the UK two years ago. Sue was interviewed by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News and drew attention to Bishop Sebastian’s recent appeal for Christian solidarity in Zimbabwe. The Bishop said he had approached other churches to use their buildings only to ‘realise that our brother and sisterhood does not go beyond our denominational boundaries’.  

Other points
·           It poured down with rain on the last of our winter Vigils. Now that British summertime is in force the evenings will be much lighter – though we are puzzled that winter seems to have stayed so long.
·           Vigil supporters were not surprised by the desperate kicking of the Zanu-PF donkey against President Zuma’s current facilitation attempt. It is the moment of truth for South Africa. They will have to force Mugabe to comply with the GPA.
·           Notable milestone today was the sale of the 1,000th of our hessian bags labelled ‘Working for a new Zimbabwewww.zimvigil.co.uk’. All profits from the sale of these bags have gone to help our work. Thanks to Caroline Witts who has brought them all the way from Exeter, Devon (170 miles from London) for the last 2 years.
·           We note that our Swazi friends have stirred up things in Mbabane. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Lutfo Dlamini apparently said the demonstrators at the Swazi Vigil in London had never even been to Swaziland.  Well how well informed he must be! The minister said the demonstrators were being organised by ‘a faction calling themselves’ ACTSA. This is Action for Southern Africa which succeeded the Anti-Apartheid Movement! The Minister was responding to a question by the Matsanjeni South MP Oedusizi Ndlovu who said he feared being manhandled by angry demonstrators in London who were saying ‘a lot of bad things about the country’. According to this report the Minister said that the demonstrators in London are ‘not even British or Swazi but a hired group from an African country who are paid to speak bad things about this country.’ He reassured everyone ‘we are working on the issue and have a plan in place….’ 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme provided by ZBN News, check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check:  http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline.  

FOR THE RECORD:  171signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           BATSIRA PARTY. Friday 2nd April. Venue: Jasmins Club, Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TG. Fundraiser for ACTSA’s Dignity Period Campaign organised by University of Westminister students. Tickets: £15. Raffles of donated prizes including a Samsung Plasma TV. For more information, contact: Zeyn Mitson, Tel: 07950 507 866, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , facebook: Zeyn Kassam.
·           ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 3rd April from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time. 
·           Prayer Vigil for Zimbabwe. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time 12.30 – 2 pm. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy.  Praying and singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day. 
·           ROHR Liverpool general meeting. Saturday 10th April 2010 from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Fairfield Police Club, Prescot Road, Fairfield, LiverpoolL7 0JD. T-shirts available for  £10.00. New members are very welcome. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Patrick Kushonga 07900857605, Trywell Migeri 07956083758
·           Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·           Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·           Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
·           For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related.  

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 20th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 March 2010 17:25

Vigil supporters were cautiously optimistic about the outcome of President Zuma’s visit to Harare. There was much discussion at the Vigil of the possible implications. We were pleased that we had been able to put our case to President Zuma during his visit to London.

It has been clear to us for some time that our Dear 86-year-old Leader is not exactly ‘well-informed’ and we welcome Mr Zuma’s reportedly more robust approach in dealing with a situation teetering on the brink.

We noted in particular Mr Zuma’s meetings with Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and National Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi. What were they talking about? The Vigil assumes he explained things to them in terms they will misunderstand at their peril.

Now that the castrated Gono has been auctioned off by the Reserve Bank’s creditors, Vigil supporters were pleased that Attorney-General Tomano is apparently being given a free transfer and that the talks on implementing the GPA have been set a clear deadline (with the implication that South African heavies will be stationed at Harare Airport to stop the negotiators sloping off for their usual shopping trips abroad).

The Vigil will discuss with our friends in Brussels how to welcome the Zimbabwean delegation which is going to be sent to discuss sanctions. Of course, everyone knows the EU will not suspend them until there is real evidence of change in Zimbabwe but apparently everyone must go through the motions. For our part we can show the delegation some of the delights of Brussels while they waste their time. The food really is good there.

Vigil supporters, after a particularly tough winter in the UK, really want to go home and want elections as soon as possible, providing peace-keeping forces are in place to prevent intimidation and violence. We also want observers to prevent another stolen election. Surely these are not impossible demands. We don’t see that postponing elections will achieve anything.

Some other points:
• Thanks to Sister Beverley Mutandiro who came and led prayers for the Vigil.
• Vigil supporters were encouraged to see that a big MDC Youth demo took place in Harare on Friday 19th March without harassment from the authorities. For photos check: http://www.swradioafrica.com/MDC%20protest%2019%20March%202010/slides/Some%20of%20the%20police%2escort.html.
• It was good to have Susan Chechita with us again. She comes about twice a month from Liverpool and catches the coach at 6.30 in the morning to be with us on time. She had difficulties this time because she misunderstood the time available for a cup of tea at a scheduled stop and the coach went off without her!

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme provided by ZBN News, check the link at the top of the home page of our website. For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check: http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline.

FOR THE RECORD: 165 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
• ROHR Thurrock & Basildon launch meeting.
Saturday 27th March from 1.30 – 6 pm. Venue: Grays Parish Hall, West Street, Grays RM17 6LL. Contact: Tobokwa Malikongwa 07533660621, Billy Machekano 07765459538, Paradzai Mapfumo 07932216070 / 07915926323
ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 3rd April from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time.
Southwark Cathedral’s hymn singing in solidarity with worshippers in Harare. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time tba. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. They are singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day.
Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB. Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages
/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watchv=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related.

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 13th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 March 2010 18:41

Following our appeal to President Zuma to arrange early elections in Zimbabwe, the Vigil is to launch a petition to the UN Security Council calling on it to ensure that the elections are not stolen again.   

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.’ 

As we explained to President Zuma, Vigil supporters believe that the situation in Zimbabwe can only worsen the longer elections are delayed. Our argument is that:
1.       After a year of the interim unitary government it is clear that it is making no progress.  If anything it is going backwards. The Mugabe regime has shown that it is determined to cling to power and that it will block real change, such as a free media and independent judiciary, so new elections are the only way forward.
2.       The situation will steadily deteriorate as long as Mugabe and his gang remain in power. Finance Minister Tendai Biti has admitted his hoped-for foreign budgetary aid and external investment will not be realised and, on top of that, the national exchequer has seen zero benefit from the exploitation of the Chiadzwa diamond fields. 
3.       The Vigil rejects the argument that lifting or suspending targeted sanctions will make the Mugabe regime more conciliatory. On the contrary, we are convinced that appeasing the regime will only encourage it in its intransigence. We believe that the Mugabe gang fears that any change will lead to their prosecution for human rights and other abuses and that it is up to South Africa – as their supporter over the years – to make arrangements for the future of these criminals.
4.       In particular, Vigil supporters reject the notion that sanctions should be lifted because they are misrepresented by the Mugabe regime as sanctions against Zimbabweans in general. We believe the proper answer to Mugabe’s propaganda is to patiently convey the truth to Zimbabweans and deluded Mugabe sympathizers in Africa and elsewhere. The Allies in the Second World War did not defeat national socialism, Italian fascism and Japanese militarism by bowing to their odious propaganda.  

Some other points:
·           We were glad to be joined again after a long absence by Ben Buckland nam Cameron in full Scottish regalia, kilt and all, who played the bagpipes to accompany the national anthem.  Ben has a family connection with Zimbabwe.
·           City and Islington College in London has been very complimentary about a talk given by the Vigil’s Josie Zhuga to mark international women’s day. They said she gave ‘an informative and personal talk about life and human rights for women in Zimbabwe’. Check: http://www.candi.ac.uk/about_us/news/2009-10/mar_4_-_candi_celebrates.aspx
·           Vigil supporters were cynical about a video shown on the television in the Embassy window pontificating hypocritically about saving lions. We felt it was a pity they did not do more to save the lives of Zimbabweans – and end the rampant poaching which is wiping out wildlife.                                                                                          

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check:  http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline  

FOR THE RECORD: 191signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           ROHR Oxford Launch meeting. Saturday 20th March from 2 to 6 pm. Venue: Newroad Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ. ROHR Founder members and ROHR UK Executive present. Contact: Wisher Mandava 07552813803, Lucia Takawira 07760315739, Lindiwe Maposa 07837788807, C Gomani 07960103752 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 20th March from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 3rd and 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time. 
·           ROHR Thurrock & Basildon launch meeting, Saturday 27th March from 1.30 – 6 pm. Venue: Grays Parish Hall, West Street, Grays RM17 6LL. Contact: Tobokwa Malikongwa 07533660621, Billy Machekano 07765459538,  Paradzai Mapfumo 07932216070 / 07915926323
·           Southwark Cathedral’s hymn singing in solidarity with worshippers in Harare. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time tba. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy.  They are singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day. 
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Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London
SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·           Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·           Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
·           For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related.                                                                                          

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 6th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 07 March 2010 14:29

A busy week for the Vigil combating pro-Mugabe propaganda but with the ironic outcome of being apparently on the same side as Mugabe as far as the timing of elections is concerned. Mugabe now seems to agree with us that Zimbabwe should have elections in the two-year timeframe envisaged in the GPA; the sooner the better as far as we are concerned – provided that the international community can ensure that the elections are free and fair. 

This was the message the Vigil put to President Zuma on Friday when we confronted him on his arrival at South Africa House at the end of his disastrous state visit to the UK.  His appeal for the lifting of targeted sanctions against Mugabe and his gang went down like a lead balloon. It made him seem out of touch with reality. Here’s what the Times said in a leading article on the day of our demonstration: ‘Jacob Zuma is hard to take seriously, but his support of Robert Mugabe is a disgrace’. Check: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article7050415.ece. 

Our stunts captured public attention, particularly Vigil management team member Fungayi Mabhunu in our Mugabe mask displaying various placards for the cameras: ‘Thank you Zuma’, ‘Bring me my machine gun’ and ‘Have another wife on me’ – in gratitude for Zuma’s support. We adorned our Mugabe with a row of shiny horse brasses for lack of suitable medals.  

But the real message to Zuma was in the spontaneous booing from more than 100 Zimbabweans and the chant of ‘Shame on you’ when he arrived. We were joined by some South Africans who shouted something like ‘Ag Ag Zuma is Kak’, whatever that means. 

Zuma could not go up the red carpet without acknowledging our protest and the High Commission undertook to pass on to him our petition which was delivered by Luka Phiri and Gugu Tutani of the Vigil management team: ‘Petition to President Zuma of South Africa: After a year of the Zimbabwean interim government it is clear that it is going nowhere so we call on President Zuma, as mediator for the Southern African Development Community,  to arrange free and fair elections in Zimbabwe as soon as possible’.  

It was accompanied by the following letter: ‘We appeal to you to arrange early elections in Zimbabwe. We are aware that politicians in Zimbabwe don’t want new elections until they have had their fill at the trough but we believe that the situation can only worsen until there is a democratically elected government in place. What Zimbabweans want to know from you is how SADC can ensure that the elections are free and fair, given that Zanu (PF) has already reactivated militia bases and refuses to implement the GPA.’ 

Communicating with the South African High Commission this week was a struggle.  When we finally spoke to someone they tried to dissuade us from holding our protest saying they were on our side and we shouldn’t embarrass President Zuma . . . 

Our demonstration was widely covered in the media.
·        Vigil co-ordinator Dumi Tutani was interviewed in English and Shona by Studio 7, Voice of America.
·        Luka gave interviews to the same broadcaster in Ndebele and English.
·        Fungayi was interviewed by SABC (who came late and missed everything so we had to restage our protest for them).
·        Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton spoke on SW Radio Africa’s Newsreel programme on 5th March. www.swradioafrica.com.
·        We were also on various other media including the BBC – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8552084.stm.
·        For the most comprehensive coverage be sure to see ZimVigil TV (link on our website) produced by ZBN News. Our regular supporter Godfrey Madzunga has done an excellent job as front man for the programme. 

While we are talking about the media we urge you to listen to a short debate on BBC Radio 4’s World Tonight programme broadcast on 4th March on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qtl3. Blessing Miles-Tendi, described as a Zimbabwean research fellow at Oxford University, had written a piece in the Guardian advocating the lifting of sanctions: //www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/03/jacob-zuma-zimbabwe-sanctions. The BBC invited the Vigil’s Ephraim Tapa to debate the issue with him and Ephraim wiped the floor with him.  

Other activities of the Vigil during this week were:
·        Attending a meeting at the Royal Commonwealth Society on ‘The Role of the Media in Zimbabwe's Transition’ on 4th March at which the BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts spoke about her recent damning report ‘The polarised lives of Zimbabwe’s rich and poor’. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8509149.stm.
·        Vigil regular Josephine Zhuga gave a passionate account of the life of women in Zimbabwe to an appreciative audience of students at City and Islington College on 3rd March to mark International Women’s Day. 

Other points
·        Despite the promise of spring during our Zuma protest on Friday, the Vigil on Saturday was four hours of an icy wind. Brrrr . . . when will winter end!
·        A lady who came by told us her cat was so aggressive she had named him Mugabe.
·        Several passers-by had been deeply moved by seeing the BBC TV programme this week ‘Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children’. One man said he had not been able to stop thinking about it. To view the programme check: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00r5ww9/
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·        We were told that we were joined by actor Jeremy Irons during the singing of Ishe Komberera / Nkosi Sikeleli. Judge for yourself – picture 2128. Many famous actors have dropped by in the past including Tim Robbins, Emma Thompson and Simon Callow. We are grateful for their support.
·        Thanks to Patience Thutani for her help today in setting up and helping throughout the Vigil.                                                                                       

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check:  http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline  

FOR THE RECORD:  168 signed the register. 

EVENTS AND NOTICES:
·           ROHR Sheffield launch meeting. Saturday 13th March. Venue: Ruby Lounge, 35 Carver Street, Sheffield S1 4FS. ROHR President & Executive present together with some VIPs. Contact: Prosper Mudamvanji 07846621050, Raymond B Jonga 07729472879 or P Mapfumo 7915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Oxford Launch meeting. Saturday 20th March from 2 to 6 pm. Venue: Newroad Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ. ROHR Founder members and ROHR UK Executive present. Contact: Wisher Mandava 07552813803, Lucia Takawira 07760315739, Lindiwe Maposa 07837788807, C Gomani 07960103752 or P Mapfumo 07915926323 / 07932216070.
·           ROHR Liverpool Demonstration. Saturday 20th March from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Church Street (Outside Primark) Liverpool City Centre. Contact: Desire Chimuka 07917733711, Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Trywell Migeri 07956083758. Future demonstrations all on Saturdays: 3rd and 17th April, 8th and 22nd May. Same venue and time. 
·           Southwark Cathedral’s hymn singing in solidarity with worshippers in Harare. Sunday 4th April (Easter Day). Time tba. Venue: outside the Zimbabwe Embassy.  They are singing in solidarity with worshippers who are going to be locked out of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare on Easter Day. 
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Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London
SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·           Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue: The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).
·           Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html or contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
·           For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 30/01/2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeI4veVo0H0 and the Vigil on 26/12/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdPsBsief0s and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX6sv2T9gwk&feature=related 

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Protest at South Africa House to greet President Zuma – 5th March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 March 2010 18:14

Image of today was President Mugabe welcoming President Zuma to the South African High Commission in London with the poster ‘Have another wife on me’, in gratitude for Zuma’s campaigning for the lifting of shopping sanctions. 

The fact that Mugabe (in the form of the Zimbabwe Vigil’s Fungayi Mabhunu) was sporting a row of horse brasses in place of decorations was considered appropriate by the crowd of more than 100 Zimbabweans gathered at South Africa House.  

To be fair to Zuma, he did give us a friendly wave when he arrived at the High Commission – despite the booing and chants of ‘Shame on You Zuma’.  

There will be full details of our protest in tomorrow’s Vigil diary. 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check the ZBN News website: http://www.zbnnews.com/home/firingline 

FOR THE RECORD: 106 signed the register.

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