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What’sApp Post from Edmund Kudzayi – 07/07/2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 July 2018 14:30

There are real people who graduated 10 years ago and have never seen a pay slip. People unable to pay their rents. Children sent home from school over fees. Their lives are not an abstract game.

They have real problems but no solution to alleviate their circumstances. But hope springs eternal. Elections are their hope.

Only politicians believe those voters will be persuaded by cheap tricks like a cute Jah Prayzah song extolling a war hero way past his sell-by date.

This reality presents a problem for Zanu PF. The economy is screaming.

While Zanu PF heralds billion dollar investment after billion dollar investment, the reality is less animated.

People are still sleeping in bank queues. People still don’t have any money.

While Zanu PF bizarrely claims to have created 4,5 million jobs since 2013 the question is simple enough. Do YOU have a job? Does your son have a job? Do YOU have money in your pocket? Does your sister have money in her pocket? The answer is invariably no.

While the economy howls and poverty continues to educate voters, Zanu PF has additional problems at home.

Magunje MP and former Higher and Tertiary Education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa is running as an independent. 

He is wildly popular and the primary election, from which he was barred, was a disgraceful farce, as hundreds of ballots were simply written “MP wangu haapo”. It’s game over for Zanu PF in Magunje.

The bigger problem for Zanu PF is that there are dozens of Gandawa-type G40 remnants across the country actively decampaigning President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In Kwekwe you have the popular Masango “Blackman” Matambadzo running under the National Patriotic Front (NPF) ticket and holding immense rallies. It is game over for Zanu PF in Kwekwe.

In Harare, more trouble is brewing. Harare South, the only constituency in the capital Zanu PF has consistently held, faces the Shadreck Mashayamombe rebellion.

He was elected to Harare South on a Zanu PF ticket and enjoys deep relationships in the constituency.

He is running under the NPF/MDC Alliance ticket and has proved an indefatigable opponent, pressing on even after a series of abductions to force him to back down.

So significant is the threat of defeat at the hands of Mashayamombe that Vice-President General Constantino Chiwenga recently exercised considerable energies at a rally attacking the former MP.

I could go on, but I don’t need to. Earlier this week, Zanu PF expelled 41 members running as independents. They expelled 41 Gandawas.

You might not know the names of these people, but you don’t need to — politics is always about local dynamics.

The fact that Mnangagwa cannot see what is happening in Magunje as “bhora musango” messages are shared late at night over WhatsApp does not mean it is not happening.

I have not mentioned the many Zanu PF voters, such as myself, that were unhappy with what Mnangagwa did to then President Robert Mugabe. Our vote is not a secret.

It also helps when The Herald accuses MDC-T and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa of working with Mugabe.

We are drawn the more to Chamisa while his urban base has learnt to ignore The Herald propaganda, confining themselves to the sports pages.

The generosity of chance is such that MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa might not win the election — Mnangagwa could lose it.

But Chamisa is not to be underestimated. He is running a cunning campaign, largely ignoring his urban base. 

His focus has been Zanu PF strongholds. Small jabs, but jabs all the same.

Zanu PF has put itself into a new dispensation box and is unable to rely on its tried and tested intimidation methods to block these rallies and rural engagements.

Then the big one: Chamisa is reaching out to resettled farmers with the promise of title deeds.

It takes little imagination to understand what is happening in the minds of this traditional Zanu PF base of resettled farmers. If Chamisa wins, I will own this land.

Newspaper and ZBC reports will not help you appreciate the national mood. The truth is expressed in popular culture.

The music people sing. The jokes they send. The memes they retweet on Twitter, screenshot and share on WhatsApp groups.

This is where you see who people like or dislike. There is a flood of anti-ED material floating in popular culture.

A simple test is to search for the “Mnangagwa” keyword on Facebook, Twitter or Google.

Ignoring the handful of noisy and well paid Varakashi, the vast majority of user-generated content is ungenerous or part of an ungenerous conversation.

Is Mnangagwa rigging? Did Mnangagwa stage the bomb? Is he a wolf is sheepskin?

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is working with Zanu PF. Nobody is talking about groundbreaking at Hwange.

His open for business message is not getting through to those outside the political and business classes.

ED’s last line of defence is fear. Consider the following findings from Afrobarometer:

  • Three in 10 registered voters (31%) believe powerful people will be able to find out how they voted.
  • Three in 10 registered voters (31%) say they have been asked to show their biometric voter’s registration (BVR) slips. Respondents had been asked if anyone had demanded to see the serial number of their voter registration slip.
  • Seven in 10 Zimbabweans (72%) think voters must show their BVR slips in order to vote.
  • 32% of respondents believe powerful people will make use of fingerprints and photographs collected during the BVR process.
  • 41% of respondents believe security agencies will not accept presidential election results.
  • 40% of respondents believe there will be violence after the election.

By the time we get to July 30, nobody will still be afraid. The fear will be gone. How?

Watch the magicians’ hand!

Edmund Kudzayi is a journalist. He writes in his personal capacity.

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A foregone conclusion? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 30th June 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 July 2018 19:57

The British campaigning organisation Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) has expressed fears that the outcome of the July elections are a foregone conclusion. ACTSA, formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement, speaks of suspicion that what it calls the Zanu PF / military alliance will not allow Emmerson Mnangagwa to lose his first election.

ACTSA’s report notes that the alliance is become increasingly sophisticated at manipulating state institutions and official processes and that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has refused to allow a comprehensive audit of the voters’ roll by an independent body – adding ‘some opposition politicians have noted a suspicious number of centenarians on it’ 

ACTSA says that, although ZEC is allowing parties to observe the printing of ballot papers, it will still not permit independent verification of their distribution. It goes on: ‘For at least a year ACTSA’s partners have said that Zanu PF activists in rural areas have been intimidating people, telling citizens that their vote will not be secret. Moreover, since the announcement of the elections, the government has reportedly deployed around 5000 (plain- clothed) soldiers in rural areas, and some traditional leaders aligned with Zanu PF have allegedly called on people to vote Zanu PF or face the threat of eviction from their homes.’ (See: https://actsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ACTSA-Key-Issues-Regarding-Zimbabwean-General-Election-2018.pdf.)

Reports indicate that, despite the continuing big budget deficit shown by the latest economic figures and illustrated by the long queues at the banks, Zanu PF has still managed to find plenty of money to finance its election campaign, providing vehicles and campaign material to its supporters. This comes despite reports of deception by some Zanu PF ministers who are said to have wasted $300,000 hiring a cargo plane from the dodgy Zimbabwe Airways to ferry campaign material from China, ony to have it refused landing rights because of registration and regulatory issues (see: https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2018/06/22/ministers-in-trouble-over-zanu-pf-funds/).

Other points

  • There has been a bizarre response from Mugabe’s nephew and former minister Patrick Zhuwao to the accusation by President Mnangagwa in a BBC interview that Grace Mugabe’s supporters were responsible for last week’s bomb attack against him in Bulawayo. In an open letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Zhuwao said the bomb was an inside job and that Mnangagwa would resort to violence to win the elections. He adds that Mnangagwa’s opponents in Zanu PF will vote for MDC leader Nelson Chamisa (see: http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2018/06/zhuwaos-open-letter-to-theresa-may.html).
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to set up by putting up the banners and posters: Josephine Jombe, Marian Machekanyanga, Alice Majola, Rosemary Maponga, Eunice Mapunde, Patricia Masamba, Bianca Mpawaenda, Getrude Mudede, Fungisai Mupandira, Soneni Sibanda and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks to Josephine, Bianca and Soneni for looking after the front table and to Rosemary and Getrude for handing out flyers. 

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

FOR THE RECORD: 19 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • MDC London Branch Meeting. Saturday 7th July from 12 noon – 2 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall. For more information contact Sharon Moyo 07877224113 and Clemence Munyukwi 07889 667686.
  • MDC UK and Ireland Youth Assembly BBQ fundraiser. Saturday 14th July from 2 pm till late. Venue: Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA. The event is fundraising for the upcoming election to support MDC candidates in their campaigns. Contact: Sharon 07877224113, Vusi 07758 937280, Becky 07387 676697.
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 21st July from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Contact: Daizy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • 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 Vigil’s Mock Election. Monday 30th July from early to late.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum 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.
  • Facebook pages:
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Refugee lives matter – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 23rd June 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 June 2018 15:57

The plight of refugees has become a pressing issue around the world, compounded by a growing flow of migrants seeking a better life in developed countries.

The British weekly political journal The Spectator today came out with a leading article addressing the matter head on (https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/turning-back-boats-may-be-the-most-humane-response-to-the-migrant-crisis/). The article criticizes President Trump’s (now abandoned) policy of separating migrant children from their families but says the EU’s policy towards migrants is ultimately far crueller: ‘That is to tempt migrants into unseaworthy boats to cross the Mediterranean.’

The article notes that, according to the International Organisation for Migration, more than 3,000 people died last year attempting to reach European countries from North Africa by sea. It observes: ‘Migrants are taking the risks because, in the vast majority of cases, their journeys are successful — and if they land, they probably get to stay.’

Overwhelmed by the estimated 700,000 people who have landed on their shores over the past few years, Italians have now elected a right wing government which recently refused to accept a charity-run ship carrying 630 migrants fished out of the sea off the Libyan coast after they had been abandoned by people traffickers.

More than three years ago, horrified by the deaths of some 700 migrants from Africa, drowned when their rickety boat capsized in the Mediterranean, the Vigil came up with a possible solution. As we put it:‘creating a UN protection zone, perhaps in north Africa, where rescued migrants could receive food and medical attention, and indeed schooling, while their asylum claims for Europe could be processed.’ (See: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/683-let-them-drown-zimbabwe-vigil-diary-18th-april-2015).

Our suggestion was picked up by the German news agency and now, thousands of deaths later, the EU has begun thinking along the same lines. If the asylum system agreed internationally is to survive it must be separated from the question of economic migration.

Other points

  • As we gathered for the Vigil, reports began coming in on our phones of an apparent attack on President Mnangagwa. The reports said an explosive device was thrown towards him when he ended a rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo. He was not hurt but about eight people were said to have been injured including Vice=-Presidents Mohadi and Chiwenga. What’sApp was soon full of speculation.
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to set up by putting up the banners and posters: Heath Jiri, Josephine Jombe, Jonathan Kariwo, Nyarai Masvosva, Bianca Mpawaenda, Getrude Mudede, Faith Ndhlovu, Ulibile Nkwate and Pearl Shambare. Thanks to Josephine, Bianca and Pearl for looking after the front table and to Faith, Heath, Ulibile and Isaac Chawasarira for handing out flyers.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

FOR THE RECORD: 18 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 21st July from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Contact: Daizy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • 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.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum 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.
  • Facebook pages:
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No to another stolen election – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 16th June 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 June 2018 14:44

 

 

The London Vigil has presented a petition to the Prime Minister’s official residence warning the UK government not to trust President Mnangagwa’s military regime until it is satisfied that the upcoming elections have been free and fair.

The petition was launched soon after the overthrow of Mugabe last November and has been signed by people from all over the world passing down the Strand outside the Zimbabwe Embassy over the past 6 months.

Six Vigil activists were allowed into 10 Downing Street to present the petition, which was accompanied by the following letter:

To the UK’s Africa Minister Harriett Baldwin via 10 Downing Street

Dear Ms Baldwin

We respectfully submit a petition urging the UK government to exercise the utmost caution about the elections in Zimbabwe on 30th July.

The petition notes that the euphoria over the removal of the Mugabes last November gave way to the realisation that little else had changed.

The petition urges the UK government to wait until the elections are judged free and fair before offering support to President Mnangagwa.

We are glad that Western election observers have been allowed into Zimbabwe but disappointed that the diaspora vote, affecting millions of people, was dismissed out of hand for no reason persuasive to us.

Many electoral reforms have yet to be implemented and there is little confidence in the Zanu PF-controlled Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Indeed there are suggestions of a new attempt at ballot rigging.

In addition the broadcast media is still a tool of the Zanu PF military regime and there are reports that the military are active in the rural areas to intimidate voters. 

The petition has been signed by people passing the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London for 16 years in support of free and fair elections. We want to see that the people’s will is respected and we are confident that you share this hope. 

Other points

  • Thanks to the six petitioners: Daizy Fabian, Rosemary Maponga, Margaret Munenge, Esther  Munyira, Patience Muyeye and Sipho Ndlovu.
  • Among allegations of Zanu PF vote rigging is a detailed account by (totally reliable!) former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo now in exile (see: https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/prof-moyo-speaks-on-zanu-pf-rigging/).
  • Social media is carrying an account of rigging said to be by a serving officer in the Zimbabwean army (see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369631229870862/permalink/1020305371470108/).
  • Social media has noted angrily that so-called vendors’ leader and selfie activist Stendrick Zvorwadza has been pictured with Mnangagwa. The Zimbabwe Vigil has been warning people about the nefarious activities of Stendrick Zvorwadza for years (check: https://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/839-restoration-of-human-rights-in-zimbabwe-important-message). In our diary of 6th August 2016 we said: '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 in 2008 to hand over to an orphanage we were supporting in Zimbabwe, as well as computers, phones and cameras for the ROHR office in Harare.'
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up by putting up the banners and posters: Daizy Fabian, Jonathan Kariwo, Chido Makawa, Heather Makawa, Rosemary Maponga, Eunice Mapunde, Nyarai Masvosva, Margaret Munenge, Esther Munyira, Farai Mutumburi, Patience Muyeye, Sipho Ndlovu and EphraimTapa. Thanks to Patience, Rosemary and Nyarai for looking after the front table and to Esther, Farai, Heather and Chido for handing out flyers. A special thanks to Jonathan Kariwo and Faith Ndlovu who stayed behind to look after the Vigil when everyone else went to Downing Street.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

FOR THE RECORD: 26 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 21st July from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Contact: Daizy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • 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.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum 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.
  • Facebook pages:
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Walking the talk – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 9th June 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:32

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Encouraged by the popular support for change shown by the MDC demonstration in Harare on Tuesday, a group of exuberant Zimbabwe human rights activists arrived at the Vigil after a 15 mile walk to raise funds for the Zimbabwe Peace Actors’ Platform (ZimPAP) which seeks to raise awareness and safeguard voters during next month’s elections. 

The walkers – members of the Vigil’s sister organization Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) wearing yellow tshirts – were embraced by colleagues at the Vigil. They included Margaret Munenge with her nearly 3-year-old son Ethan fast asleep in a buggy. She said he had run much of the way.

A ROHR statement said: ‘Since the announcement of the elections, the military government has reportedly deployed 5000 soldiers in rural areas to instill fear. Traditional leaders are threatening voters with eviction from their homes if they do not surrender their voter registration certificates. Zanu PF campaigns are characterised by vote buying using food, money, farm inputs etc. Voters are being intimidated into feigning illiteracy or blindness so their leaders can vote on their behalf. The list is endless.

‘On the other hand, the heavily militarised Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is refusing to disclose the supplier of the ballot paper, or allow its inspection or audit prior to the vote. This remains a contentious area given past experiences of vote rigging in Zimbabwe facilitated by the Israeli company, Nikuv.’

The Southern African Director of Human Rights Watch, Dewa Mavinga, was also skeptical. He said Zimbabwe risks having another sham election unless President Mnangagwa implements genuine electoral reform. ‘A key step would be whether state media gives equal coverage to all political parties without bias or favour’.

Human Rights Watch says its research in May found security forces involved in the electoral process and said violence and intimidation by Zanu PF contributed to an environment  that was not conducive to free and fair elections (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/hrw-zimbabwe-risks-another-sham-poll-without-electoral-reform/). 

Two international observer groups have submitted a pre-election report to ZEC also calling for the urgent implementation of outstanding electoral reforms. They said that the military should publicly commit to recognise the winning presidential candidate whatever his political affiliation and called on ZEC to allow all political parties to observe the procurement, printing and storage of ballots (https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/06/zim-not-ready-for-free-elections-observers/).

Other points

  • One of the walkers was ROHR President Ephraim Tapa who paid tribute to Daizy Fabian who organised it and the 9 others who joined them. He said they had ‘walked through pain with determination and courage’ to help Zimbabwe’s struggle for democracy. Some had travelled long distances whilst some were coming from night shifts just to take part. Thanks to all the valiant walkers: Tawanda Chitate, Daizy Fabian, Chido Makawa, Heather Makawa, Patricia Masamba, Margaret (and Ethan) Munenge, Esther Munyira, Jenatry, Chihota, Patience Muyeye, Ephraim Tapa and Ben Tsikwa.
  • The Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Siphosami Malunga, says there are six make-or-break issues that will determine whether the elections will be free, fair and credible: the integrity of the voters’ roll; the integrity of the ballot paper and the vote; the integrity of ZEC itself; the creation of a conducive environment by repealing restrictive laws; the assurance that the military and other security institutions will play no role in the election and ensuring equal and fair access by all political parties to public broadcast media. Mr Malunga says ‘there is still time—albeit very little—to remedy these flaws before they deliver fatal blows and irredeemably taint the transparency and credibility of the very crucial 2018 elections. The window for fixing them is shutting—fast!’ (See: http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/elections-six-make-or-break-issues/).
  • We are planning to hand in our petition urging the UK government to insist on free and fair elections in Zimbabwe before the UK offers support to Mnangagwa to 10 Downing Street at 4 pm on 16th June. Check ‘Events and Notices’ for full details. We are still waiting for confirmation that we can go ahead from the Downing Street police and will keep everyone informed on this.
  • Thanks to those who arrived early to help set up:  Junior Madzimure, Michelle Makoni, Barnie Mandimika, Rosemary Maponga, Nyarai Masvosva, Faith Ndhlovu and Caroline Witts. Thanks to Rosemary and Nyarai for looking after the front table, to Faith and Junior for handing out flyers and to Barnie, Nyarai, Junior and Rosemary for putting up the banners. Thanks to Nyarai and Michelle for extra photos.

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

FOR THE RECORD: 25 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Save the Zimbabwe elephants protest. Friday 15th June from 1 noon – 2 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. One of our activists Nomusa Dube is organising a protest about the export of baby elephants from Zimbabwe to China. She asks Vigil activists to join her at this protest. 
  • Vigil petition presentation to 10 Downing Street. Saturday 16th June at 4 pm. We will hopefully be handing in our petition urging the UK government to insist on free and fair elections in Zimbabwe before the UK offers support to Mnangagwa. We will leave the Vigil at 3.15 pm and walk to 10 Downing Street where 6 petitioners will be allowed in to hand in the petition (subject to confirmation by the Downing Street police).
  • ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 16th June from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Contact: Daizy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
  • 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.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded over the past 15 years as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil for £10. All proceeds will go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe's work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
  • Zimbabwe Action Forum 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.
  • Facebook pages:
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