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Give Grace a million dollars – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th January 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:39

Zanu PF has defied the old saying that you can’t have your cake and eat it. The party has been chomping away for 37 years and believes there is an inexhaustible supply of cake.

But then comes the sad case of Grace Mugabe’s million dollar diamond. The poor woman was conned. She says she paid up but the Lebanese businessman didn’t deliver. This is simply not supposed to happen to her.

Zimbabweans en masse have been conned for 37 years so we must sympathise with her predicament. Especially as it was such a romantic idea of the President to give her a ring to mark 20 years of wedded bliss.

And as Grace noted: ‘This was hard-earned money saved over the years . . . It’s a lot of sacrifice that my husband did from our farming and dairy business.’

It certainly must have been some sacrifice: getting up before dawn every day to milk the cows. And then there’s the ploughing to do . . . No wonder the old man falls asleep when he gets to the office.

The Vigil has a brilliant suggestion: why doesn’t the 21st February Movement use the million dollars it is raising for Mugabe’s 93rd birthday bash at the Matopos to buy a ring from a non-Lebanese businessman? That way Grace could lose her ring and still have it! Better still, they could go to another Lebanese businessman and pay him with bond notes! That’ll serve these Lebanese right.

Mind you, the missing ring is only a symptom of the problem. The eating your cake syndrome affects all aspects of life in Zimbabwe. Only this week the deputy labour minister Tapiwa Matangaidze insisted that the government would not sack any employees despite them costing more than 90% of government revenues.

He agreed the salary bill was unsustainable but said the answer was ‘natural attrition’. As workers died off they would not be replaced. He didn’t explain what would happen to the ghost workers. Wouldn’t there just be more of them?

But nothing is beyond the hutzpah of a government which can seize Chinese assets and then go to Beijing and ask them to give us more cake.  

Thanks to those who came early to help set up: Fungayi Mabhunu, Phillip Mahlahla, Alice Majola, Theodora Mandishaya, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Esther Munyira, Xavier Murape, Patience Muyeye, Pretty Okechukwu, Sicelesile Phiri, Rumbidzayi Sambana, Maxmus Savanhu and Zenzo Siziba. Thanks to Roseline, Esther, Pretty and Cathrine Musa for looking after the front table, to Nontokozo, Ncube, Rumbidzayi and Heather Makawa for handing out flyers and selling wristbands and to Phillip, Alfredy, Maxmus and Xavier for putting up the banners.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.

FOR THE RECORD: 34 signed the register.

 EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 21st January from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Contact: Daisy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • ROHR Southampton branch meeting. Saturday 21st January 2017 from 12 noon – 1 pm for committee meeting and from 1 – 3 pm for general members meeting. Venue: Eastleigh Library, Swan Shopping and Leisure Centre, Swan Centre, Eastleigh SO50 5SF. Contact: Ben Semwayo (Chair) 07401611932, Grace Rukure (Secretary) 07462103397 and Reuben Waretza (Publicity and Advocacy) 07946 607 617.
  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 21st January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 11th February. From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. The protest is to mark twenty-third months since Itai’s abduction by intelligence agents.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2016 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/843-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2016. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2016 Highlights page.
  • Facebook pages:
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Mugabe’s contempt for Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th January 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:30
http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/im-the-boss-coffee-mug-fury-mugabes-deputy-mnangagwa-speaks-out-20170105
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/world/africa/in-zimbabwe-a-first-lady-exerts-her-power.html
 
Happy and content must be the land whose president is confident and secure enough to fly off on a month-long holiday with bucket and spade and doesn’t even leave a forwarding address.
 
There are few such enviable countries, especially in Africa where coups are not uncommon. But Zimbabwe is obviously one such haven of peace and stability.
 
Vice-President Mnangagwa, ‘acting Boss’, indicated as much when he disclosed that he was unable to ask Mugabe whether the late lamented former provincial governor Peter Chanetsa qualified as a Hero because he couldn’t get hold of the Hero-in-Chief for his ruling.
 
So poor old Pete will have to wait in the fridge until the Boss gets home and decides whether Pete can have a plot in Heroes’ Acre. By then he will deserve hero status anyway because the Boss has apparently plans to flit all over the place before he drops by in Harare again to replenish his funds.
 
Rumours that Mugabe is spending all his time building sandcastles on a beach in Singapore are apparently far from the mark. China is on his itinerary, as well as other holiday hotspots such as Mali and Equatorial Guinea and, of course Dubai, where he will no doubt satisfy Grace’s demand for a diamond big enough for the next president.
 
He will probably take the opportunity while in Dubai to sort out the little difficulty over payment for the $1.3 million gem that she has rejected. In the meantime Grace has told her stooges to ignore the court order that she should leave the properties in Harare she seized from the diamond dealer.
 
Other points
- Grace’s blatant disregard of the law comes as Zanu PF prepares to change the constitution introduced only four years ago. The Vigil suggests that Western donors should ask for the return of the millions of dollars they contributed for the constitution-making process. It has proved to be a futile project as we have consistently argued since the project was launched in 2009. Lawyer Matshobana Ncube commenting on Zanu PF’s intention to amend the constitution to give the President control of the judiciary says: ‘The writing of the Constitution and the huge amounts of money that was spent in that regard was all a waste of time and resources. All were taken for a ride, the ruling party never wanted constitutional reform and as such they have embarked on a path to undo all that the people of Zimbabwe did in writing a new governance charter for themselves’ (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2017/01/04/appointment-chief-justice-zim-ugly-monstrosity-politics-involved/).
- The UK Daily Telegraph newspaper has published lengthy article about the dispossessed farmer Ben Freeth, a friend of the Vigil, which paints a bleak picture of the present situation on his old farm (see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/white-zimbabwean-farmer-ben-freeth-returned-farm-eight-years/).
- Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up: Rashiwe Bayisayi, Elizabeth Chakachaka, Patrick Chatukuta, Benjamin Chigamba, Flemming Diza, Nomusa Dube, Sibongile Gumbo, Jean Kawara, Fungayi Mabhunu, Emmanuel Magarira, Phillip Mahlahla, Nancy Makurira, Rosemary Maponga, Gladys Meck, Sharon Moyo, Tinotenda Mrewa, Lloyd Mudzengerere, Lucia Mudzimu, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Beverley Mutandiro, Nontokozo Ncube, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Chipo Parirenyatwa,Newman Richard, Jennipher Sabe, Maxmus Savanhu, Alice Shimika, Douglas Tavengwa and Maureen Tavengwa. Thanks to Roseline, Sharon and Gladys for looking after the front table, to Chipo, Nontokozo, Nomusa, Rosemary, Simbarashe Mutero and Cathrine Musa for handing out flyers and selling wristbands and to Phillip, Alfredy, Benjamin, Mduduzi and Douglas for putting up the banners and tarpaulin and to Phillip for taking down the banners at the end of the Vigil.
- Bev Mutandiro led prayers at the Vigil. She asked that Bible verses 8-9 from 2 Peter 3 be recorded on the diary: But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
 
For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.
 
FOR THE RECORD: 55 signed the register.
 
EVENTS AND NOTICES:
- Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 21st January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
- Monthly Itai Dzamara protest. Saturday 11th February. From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. The protest is to mark twenty-three months since Itai’s abduction by intelligence agents.
- Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
- The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
- Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
- Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.
- Facebook pages:
    Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil
    ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515
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Mugabe’s contempt for Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th January 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:11

http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/im-the-boss-coffee-mug-fury-mugabes-deputy-mnangagwa-speaks-out-20170105
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/world/africa/in-zimbabwe-a-first-lady-exerts-her-power.html

Happy and content must be the land whose president is confident and secure enough to fly off on a month-long holiday with bucket and spade and doesn’t even leave a forwarding address.

There are few such enviable countries, especially in Africa where coups are not uncommon. But Zimbabwe is obviously one such haven of peace and stability.

Vice-President Mnangagwa, ‘acting Boss’, indicated as much when he disclosed that he was unable to ask Mugabe whether the late lamented former provincial governor Peter Chanetsa qualified as a Hero because he couldn’t get hold of the Hero-in-Chief for his ruling.

So poor old Pete will have to wait in the fridge until the Boss gets home and decides whether Pete can have a plot in Heroes’ Acre. By then he will deserve hero status anyway because the Boss has apparently plans to flit all over the place before he drops by in Harare again to replenish his funds.

Rumours that Mugabe is spending all his time building sandcastles on a beach in Singapore are apparently far from the mark. China is on his itinerary, as well as other holiday hotspots such as Mali and Equatorial Guinea and, of course Dubai, where he will no doubt satisfy Grace’s demand for a diamond big enough for the next president.

He will probably take the opportunity while in Dubai to sort out the little difficulty over payment for the $1.3 million gem that she has rejected. In the meantime Grace has told her stooges to ignore the court order that she should leave the properties in Harare she seized from the diamond dealer.

Other points

·    Grace’s blatant disregard of the law comes as Zanu PF prepares to change the constitution introduced only four years ago. The Vigil suggests that Western donors should ask for the return of the millions of dollars they contributed for the constitution-making process. It has proved to be a futile project as we have consistently argued since the project was launched in 2009. Lawyer Matshobana Ncube commenting on Zanu PF’s intention to amend the constitution to give the President control of the judiciary says: ‘The writing of the Constitution and the huge amounts of money that was spent in that regard was all a waste of time and resources. All were taken for a ride, the ruling party never wanted constitutional reform and as such they have embarked on a path to undo all that the people of Zimbabwe did in writing a new governance charter for themselves’.
(see:https://www.newsday.co.zw/2017/01/04/appointment-chief-justice-zim-ugly-monstrosity-politics-involved/). 

·       The UK Daily Telegraph newspaper has published lengthy article about the dispossessed farmer Ben Freeth, a friend of the Vigil, which paints a bleak picture of the present situation on his old farm
(see:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/white-zimbabwean-farmer-ben-freeth-returned-farm-eight-years/).

·      Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up: Rashiwe Bayisayi, Elizabeth Chakachaka, Patrick Chatukuta, Benjamin Chigamba, Flemming Diza, Nomusa Dube, Sibongile Gumbo, Jean Kawara, Fungayi Mabhunu, Emmanuel Magarira, Phillip Mahlahla, Nancy Makurira, Rosemary Maponga, Gladys Meck, Sharon Moyo, Tinotenda Mrewa, Lloyd Mudzengerere, Lucia Mudzimu, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Beverley Mutandiro, Nontokozo Ncube, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Chipo Parirenyatwa, Newman Richard, Jennipher Sabe, Maxmus Savanhu, Alice Shimika, Douglas Tavengwa and Maureen Tavengwa. Thanks to Roseline, Sharon and Gladys for looking after the front table, to Chipo, Nontokozo, Nomusa, Rosemary, Simbarashe Mutero and Cathrine Musa for handing out flyers and selling wristbands and to Phillip, Alfredy, Benjamin, Mduduzi and Douglas for putting up the banners and tarpaulin and to Phillip for taking down the banners at the end of the Vigil.

·       Bev Mutandiro led prayers at the Vigil. She asked that Bible verses 8-9 from 2 Peter 3 be recorded on the diary: But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.

FOR THE RECORD: 55 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

·    Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 21st January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.

·      Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 11th February. From 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. The protest is to mark twenty-three months since Itai’s abduction by intelligence agents.

·       Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.

·      The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.

·       Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.

·    Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.

·       Facebook pages:
Vigil: https://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil
ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 

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Stony road ahead – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 31st December 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 January 2017 16:03

As we begin a new year it is difficult to imagine that it will be a happy one in Zimbabwe. Even optimists will find it hard to see anything but a stony road ahead. 

We at the Vigil in the depths of a British winter are further chilled by the bleak analysis of Prince Mashele, executive director of the Centre for Politics and Research in South Africa (http://www.biznews.com/africa/2016/12/22/south-africa-will-finally-be-an-african-country/).

He argues that ‘Western’ values of accountability, political morality, reason and so on are not African and that it is idle to hope that Africans will have democracies of the type existing in Europe.  

He says: ‘People must not entertain the illusion that a day is coming when SA will look like the US. Our future is more on the side of Zimbabwe, where one ruler is more powerful than the rest of the population.’ He goes on: ‘How else are we to explain the thousands of people who flock to stadiums to clap hands for a president who has violated their country’s constitution? . . . In a typical African country people have no illusion about the unity of morality and governance. People know that those who have power have it for themselves and their friends and families.’

The Zimbabwean writer Pettinah Gappah, speaking about a recent visit home, told BBC listeners that, despite the hardships there, she came across many Mugabe supporters. Prince Mashele would sardonically have called them ‘true Africans’.

As we embark on 2017, we at the Vigil cling to the hope that Mashele is too pessimistic and that, having gone through so much suffering, Zimbabweans, given the chance, will find the road to freedom. Speaking at the Vigil, Ephraim Tapa said that free and fair elections were the key. Then the Vigil could shut up shop and we could all go home and rebuild our country into something that is not ‘typical’ and will surprise Mashele. After all, many in the diaspora have learnt something from living in free and democratic countries.

So this new year we wish you all well but with a heavy heart. Even if Mashele is wrong there are many stones on the road.

Other points

  • With government workers still waiting to be paid for December we are getting desperate messages from our families. One of our supporters reports that he tried to send money to his mother by ecocash but they had no cash and could not pay out. He said the family had no Christmas celebration and stayed indoors except for going to church. Dealers on the black market were taking 15% commission. At the moment the only reliable way to send money is through international money companies such as Western Union.
  • Recent efforts to disrupt the Vigil and our sister organisation, the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe, has been causing confusion. Please note that a bogus meeting purporting to launch a so-called ROHR Central London branch on 7th January is being advertised on social media. ROHR Central London branch already exists and if you are interested in joining, ask at the Vigil. For further clarification, check: http://zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/839-restoration-of-human-rights-in-zimbabwe-important-message.
  • Thanks to Vigil supporter Rumbi Sambana who brought toys and children’s books for our Vigil children. They will be available for those who want them next Saturday (7th January).
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up: Elizabeth Chakachaka, Fungayi Mabhunu, Phillip Mahlahla, Rosemary Maponga, Roseline Mukucha, Alfredy Mukuvare, Patience Muyeye, Nontokozo Ncube, Rumbidzayi Sambana, Maxmus Savanhu and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks to Roseline, Rosemary, Cathrine Musa and Daisy Fabian for looking after the front table, to Rumbidzayi, Nontokozo and Patience for handing out flyers and selling wristbands, to Phillip, Alfredy and Maxmus for putting up the banners and tarpaulin and to Ephraim for bringing all the Vigil paraphernalia.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website. The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.

FOR THE RECORD: 21 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 7th January from 11.30 am. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. It's next door to a newsagent and the entrance is marked by a sign at street level.  Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.
  • The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • Monthly Itai Dzamara protest Saturday 7th January from 2 – 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. The protest is to mark twenty-two months since Itai’s abduction by intelligence agents.
  • Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 7th January from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF) meets regularly after the Vigil to discuss ways to help those back in Zimbabwe to fight oppression and achieve true democracy.
  • Zimbabwe Yes We Can Movement holds meetings in London as the political face of ROHR and the Vigil.
  • Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2015 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/746-zimbabwe-vigil-highlights-2015. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2015 Highlights page.
  • Facebook pages:
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Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe – important message PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 January 2017 12:12

2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) which was set up in 2007 to be the Vigil’s face on the ground in Zimbabwe. The Vigil and ROHR are two faces of the same organisation – one operating in the UK and one operating in Zimbabwe. Any other organisation purporting to be ROHR is fraudulent and is not supported by the Vigil. 

Once again both the Vigil and ROHR are facing efforts to disrupt us. We suspect this disruption is backed by elements supporting Mugabe and Zanu PF who would be delighted to see the Vigil and ROHR destroyed. Our long, committed and consistent campaign against the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe makes us a prime target. 

We have already posted the following disclaimer on the Vigil diary: 'The facebook page for our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) (https://www.facebook.com/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights-301811392835) has been hijacked by destructive elements from a group calling itself ZHRO Zimbabwean HR Charity. Please be advised that any postings on this page are not posted by ROHR.'  

We now note that on this hijacked facebook page there is a notice for the launch of a so-called 'ROHR Zimbabwe Central London branch' on 7th January. Please be advised that ROHR Central London branch already exists and if you want to join please enquire at the Vigil.  The meeting of this bogus branch is organised by Mary Muteyerwa, George Shambela, Pythias Makonese, Morella Nhau, Paradzai Mapfumo, Delina Mutyambizi and Panyika Karimanzira. These are the same people who set up the bogus so-called 'Supa Vigil', a group that occasionally comes for part of the afternoon while the Vigil is on between 2 and 6 pm on Saturday afternoons, sets up their tent in the space next to us and sings, shouts and dances in competition with us with the deliberate intention of causing disruption and confusion. This bogus so-called 'ROHR meeting’, has nothing whatsoever to do with the Vigil and ROHR.

Following wide consultations leading to the formation of ROHR, it was agreed that Vigil founder member and main proponent of the idea, Ephraim Tapa, should lead the organisation. Stendrick Zvorwadza is advertised as a speaker at the so-called ROHR meeting to launch a Central London Branch. He was recruited to ROHR by Tapa in 2007. Because he could move freely between the UK and Zimbabwe, Zvorwadza was appointed Vice President and subsequently was asked to register the organisation in Zimbabwe on behalf of the Vigil. He however fraudulently put himself down as the founder of the organisation, portraying the organisation as his own. When this issue was raised at the inaugural ROHR Zimbabwe Board ofTrustees (BOT) meeting in 2008, Zvorwadza intimated that it was the Registrar of Deeds Office that did this, telling him it was 'because you are the one submitting the documents’.

The BOT then resolved to rectify the anomaly by replacing his name as 'Founder’ with the authentic Founder, Ephraim Tapa. At the same meeting, Mr Zvorwadza also failed to account for funds that were earmarked for the Nyanga orphanage that ROHR supported and all other funds meant for the administration of the organisation. He was suspended until such time when he would have made a good account of those funds. In a huff, Zvorwadza left the organisation taking most of the organisation's equipment with him claiming it belonged to him. From 2008, Zvorwadza had no involvement or any dealings with ROHR until 2011 when the organisation had received donor funding.

We were surprised in March 2011 when Zvorwadza approached Ephraim demanding that he fire the National Co-ordinator in Zimbabwe Tichanzii Gandanga and his subordinates for misappropriation of donor funds. This was after his failed attempts to wrestle control of the organisation's finances in Zimbabwe. ROHR at this time was negotiating for substantial further donor funding.  

Unfortunately, the Deed of Trust never got amended as resolved for lack of due diligence on the part of the ROHR office in Zimbabwe. This error is most regrettable as it later allowed Zvorwadza to stage manage a fake BOT meeting in Zimbabwe in July 2011, fraudulently amend the ROHR Deed of Trust and claim ownership in August 2011. He also launched a smear campaign against Ephraim, falsely accusing him of stealing ROHR funds.

His efforts however were rebuffed by the Harare office and the entire structures of ROHR within and outside Zimbabwe. But our personnel in Zimbabwe were left vulnerable to charges of operating illegally, a dangerous situation in Zimbabwe. We resolved to internationalise the organisation re-registering it as ROHR Zimbabwe International in 2011. The issue of the fraudulent amendment of the ROHR Zimbabwe Trust Deed is currently under police investigation in Zimbabwe although we have little faith in their commitment to deliver justice.In the Vigil diary of 6th August 2016 we report as follows: 'Supporters might have seen an article on the dodgy Zimeye website in which the Vigil was criticised for not allowing Stendrick Zvorwadza to address us last week (see: http://www.zimeye.net/zvorwadza-flies-to-uk-blocked-by-rose-benton/). Our refusal to give a hearing to this charlatan was because he still pretends to be the leader of ROHR and has yet to account for £2,000 we entrusted to him in2008 to hand over to the Nyanga orphanage we were supporting in Zimbabwe, aswell as computers, phones and cameras for the ROHR office in Harare.' He almost singlehandedly destroyed ROHR were it not for our resilience and commitment to the Zimbabwe cause.  

More recently Zvorwadza has been fingered in the misappropriation of donor funds. Check: http://www.myzimbabwe.co.zw/news/9337-why-tajamuka-pulled-out-on-the-demo.html
http://www.mafaro.co.uk/2016/11/zvorwadza-on-100k-squabble.html
http://www.herald.co.zw/tag-activists-loot-demo-cash/,
http://nehandaradio.com/2016/11/14/zvorwadza-gets-international-support-demos/
Also a group called Coalition of Zimbabwe Activists sent the following what'sapp message on 21/11/2016: 'In light of disturbing reports to the effect that some few stakeholders involved in planning of the #MunhuWeseMuroad demo pocketed donor funds, we as COZA would like to condemn such corrupt behaviour. It is baffling that our poor members are used as fodder in violent demonstrations when some unscrupulous, fly-by-night, self-anointed demonstration leaders are milking donor funding for personal aggrandisement. We would like to condemn in the strongest sense, *. . . . . , Sten Zvorwadza and . . . . . * for being fingered in the $100,000 heist of donor money and urge them to come clean. We would like to categorically distance ourselves and our membership from the planned 23 and 30 November 2016 demonstrations by NERA and #Tajamuka respectively, until this *money spinning, Ponzi scheme activism* is dealt with. We therefore urge members of the public not to be misled by these activists, but remain resolute in fighting for a Just Zimbabwe.'

The Vigil diary comments on the disquiet over donor funding for activism in our diary of 26th November 2016: 'The promised ‘mother of all demonstrations’ against bond notes last week failed to gain support amid allegations that money collected for the Harare protest was misappropriated. It is reported that this prompted Tajamuka to pull out of the demonstration at the last moment. Zimbabwe People First spokesman Jealousy Mawarire said asmuch as $100,000 may have been involved. He said: ‘As long as the struggle is commercialised we will always have these solo sporadic selfie moments disguised as demos’ (http://www.myzimbabwe.co.zw/news/9337-why-tajamuka-pulled-out-on-the-demo.html). Others talk of activists ‘milking donor funds’ and ‘living large’. The accusations come as no surprise to us. We ourselves refuse to have anything to do with one of the protest leaders because of our own experience working with him. This person certainly fits the bill of being a ‘selfie activist’: always in the photograph, in the news, known to all the journalists, ready with a quote. We at the Vigil marvel at how he seems to have a ‘get out if jail free’ card. With no visible means of support, he nevertheless pops up regularly in the UK, always impeccably dressed, hustling for money. The social media protest movements need to beware the bad apple effect.'  

Please note that the Zimbabwe Vigil is unable to support those who join groups and organisations that are trying to disrupt and destabilise us. We understand that what is happening is very confusing and hope you will talk to the Vigil co-ordinators when you come to the Vigil or contact co-ordinators at 07970996003 or 07940793090 or 07907089899, if you require clarification. 

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