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Let them eat cake – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 25th May 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:20

At the time of the French Revolution Queen Marie-Antoinette, when told that people had no bread, is reported to have said ‘Let them eat cake’. Some 230 years later Zimbabwe’s new Minister of Energy, Fortune Chasi, has made a similar remark in response to the 50% rise in fuel prices: ‘Let them buy electric cars’. (See: https://www.zimeye.net/2019/05/19/if-you-cant-get-fuel-buy-electric-cars-says-new-energy-minister/.) 

The problem is that people have to money to buy electric cars and there is no electricity to run them. With the economy in freefall, the situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating rapidly, making the authorities increasingly jumpy in fear of a Zimbabwe revolution.

Ben Freeth, the civil rights campaigner, in his latest newsletter says: ‘Sadly, there is a very significant deterioration in conditions on the economic front and in the general situation in Zimbabwe. Fuel queues are currently very long and chaotic. Electricity is sporadic. Hunger will be a major problem this year with more than half the population requiring international food aid. Prices continue to sky-rocket. Once again we have the second highest inflation rate in the world.’

Freeth says civil rights activists are increasingly targeted.  ‘Two weeks ago, a dear friend’s daughter was abducted in a raid by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operatives at a venue where she was involved in training teachers about civic rights. After it was discovered that she and other teachers were missing, her lawyer father, David Drury, went to the notorious Harare Central Police Station to establish if she had been taken there.

‘All knowledge of their whereabouts was denied by the police and CIO. Remarkably though, in a dark corridor, a CIO member hinted that they were there. Dave called in other lawyers to assist, and they refused to leave the police station. Eventually, after some torture had been administered, his daughter and others were released.’

Freeth continued: ‘In another instance, a friend who had recently stayed with us, was abducted and tortured. Over many hours he was slapped after every question that was asked; he was also made to dig holes in the hard dry ground with his hands and had his testicles pulled.’ (See: https://media.wix.com/ugd/02876c_70dde214490c4a99b5e50cab276e1a81.pdf).

A pastor working with the poor in the Bulawayo area says there is widespread, and increasing, hardship and hunger. The harvest was about zero. Travelling up from Plumtree (Mat South) it was hard to see any sign of a harvest. There is no effective food relief programme in place. The price of food is ratcheting up steadily. Few have any real money to buy with USD but at the same time some sellers demand payment in USD.  The value of the RTGS dollars is reducing steadily. The mood is angry but the anger muted on account of the prevailing fear.

The pastor’s work is focused on a hundred or so destitute families who were evicted at short notice from their long-term homes by Zanu PF thugs greedy for their land.

A Vigil activist’s sister, who supports the pastor, reports on the plight of some of these people. Their name have been changed.

The Moyos lived at a settlement for over 20 years. When their home was destroyed they were moved to a carpentry training centre since they had nowhere to go. The family included a young woman who was soon to give birth. They found a place to stay—in an adapted pigsty they had to clean out—shortly before she gave birth.  Baby Moyo was born with a clubfoot and has neurological problems and seizures. At their former home they farmed, growing vegetables and raising livestock.  They were able to eat and the children went to school.  They had lots of space and the children were free to roam. Now they have no way of earning an income and have to pay rent. The children were chased from school as there was no money for fees.

Other points

  • The Vigil activist’s sister was asked by her pastor to write a lamentation for the evictees. She wrote the following: ‘Out of the depths O Lord I cry to you for I am tempted to despair. Do you remember the work of my hands? The home, built brick by brick? The crops, watered cup by cup? Chickens in the yard and the children running free? We prayed but they still came. With batons, threats and bulldozers. Knocked us down – flat down – down – down – down. Our Mary with child and nowhere to go. I have a pigsty for rent, he said. And Mary gave birth to a girl: she was not right. We laid her in a manger. Now my hands are still, and I am tempted to despair. Have you forgotten us Lord? Our house of prayer is gone. But I do not forget you. You showed me your hands, the work of your hands I remember and I trust, my hands are still. You will bring us home.’
  • On Friday 31st May, the Vigil and its sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe are handing in a letter to the Zimbabwe Ambassador protesting against the involvement of Embassy officials in asylum seeker interviews with the Home Office. For more information see ‘Events and Notices’.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table and put up the banners: Shylette Chipangura, Rosemary Guveya, Jonathan Kariwo, Rosemary Maponga, Kudzai Mashiri, Lucia Mudzimu, Esther Munyira, Collen Mupazviriho, Tapiwa Muskwe, Mary Muteyerwa, Tsitsi Nyirongo, Pearl Shambare, Ephraim Tapa and Bridget Zhakata. Thanks to Rosemary Maponga and Shylette for looking after the front table, to Kudzai for handing out flyers, to Mary for drumming and to Jonathan for 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:  21 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Petition to the Zimbabwe Ambassador in the UK. Friday 31st May at 10.30 am. This is to call for a stop to asylum seeker interviews by Embassy personnel. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Fungisai Mupandira 07758958803.
  • MDC UK & Ireland South West District Reading Branch Fundraising BBQ Party. Saturday 1st June. Theme: Mnangagwa release all political prisoners – Zanu PF must go. From 12.30 – 1.30 pm demonstration at Reading train station. Then from 2.30 – 11 pm gochi gochi, disco music, jumping castle. Venue: Pakistani Community Centre, Reading RG1 13PA. Free car parking available. Bus 17 from Reading train station. Contact: Deborah Harry: 07578894896, Charles Mararirakwenda: 07588275745 and Josephine Jombe: 07455166668.
  • ROHR general members’ meeting. Saturday 8th June from 11.30 am. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Patricia Masamba 07708116625.
  • ROHR fundraising dinner. Saturday 29th June from 6 pm till late. Venue: Zazas, 108 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JE. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Fungisai Mupandira 07468504393, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba 07708116625, Simbarashe Jingo 07787870888, Pamela Chirimuta 07762737339, Sikhumbuzule Sibanda 07912210225, and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776.
  • ROHR sponsored walk. Saturday 27th July. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776. More information as plans progress.
  • 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 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. All proceeds 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.
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Making things simple – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 18th May 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 May 2019 11:15

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has a droll sense of humour. He says he decided to name Zimbabwe’s latest local currency the RTGS dollar so as not to confuse the public! (See: https://zwnews.com/we-called-our-local-currency-rtgs-as-not-to-confuse-citizens-ncube/.)

Of course, even those in remote rural areas know that RTGS stands for Real Time Gross Settlement dollars and simply love this method of payment using electronic money transfer systems.

Mr Ncube’s new solution is not to be confused with the other local currency, the tired and discredited bond notes and coins. But the joke is on the people because everyone knows these two depreciating local currencies are just false creations and nothing like the almost unobtainable grubby old US dollars with which they were supposed to be equivalent.

But it is not a laughing matter, as the Americans recognise with their warning of rising crime and civil unrest in Zimbabwe as abject poverty drives people to desperation. 

The general manager of Zimbabwe Pensions and Insurance Rights Trust, Martin Tarusenga, says people are losing billions of dollars as these alternative currencies lose value. In a coruscating article in the Zimbabwe Independent, he says life in Zimbabwe has reached new lows (https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/unrestrained-govt-failures-may-trigger-public-anger/).

There is no shortage of pungent academic analysis of Zimbabwe’s government failures. In an article in The Zimbabwean, Tamuka Chirimambowa of the University of Johannesburg says the government’s ‘open for business’  mantra lacks policy and administrative action to make it a reality and turn around the fortunes of the country (see: https://www.thezimbabwean.co/2019/05/zimbabwes-deceptive-road-to-non-reform/) 

On a lighter note we turn to a headline in Zimeye: ‘Axe-wielding VP welcomes Chinese’, a reference to Vice President Mohadi who recently threatened his wife with an axe. Some welcome! (See: https://www.zimeye.net/2019/05/17/axe-wielding-vp-mohadi-assures-chinese-that-zimbabwe-is-a-safe-destination/.)

Other points

  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table and put up the banners: Patrick Hale, Josephine Jombe, Jonathan Kariwo, Heather Makawa, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Margaret Munenge, Fungisai Mupandira and Ephraim Tapa.  Thanks to Josephine, Margaraet and Joyce for looking after the front table and to Heather and Jonathan for 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: 16 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Reading branch outreach and general meeting. Saturday 25th May. Community outreach from 11.30 am – 1.30pm. Venue: Broad Street, Reading. Awareness campaign on deteriorating human rights in Zimbabwe. General meeting from 2 -5 pm: Venue: The RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. Contact:  Nicodimus 07877386792, Josephine 07455166668, Shylette 07828929806, Josh 07877246251.
  • ROHR general members’ meeting. Saturday 8th June from 11.30 am. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Patricia Masamba 07708116625.
  • ROHR fundraising dinner. Saturday 29th June from 6 pm till late. Venue: Zazas, 108 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JE. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Fungisai Mupandira 07468504393, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba 07708116625, Simbarashe Jingo 07787870888, Pamela Chirimuta 07762737339, Sikhumbuzule Sibanda 07912210225, and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776.
  • ROHR sponsored walk. Saturday 27th July. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776. More information as plans progress.
  • 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.
  • Petition to the Zimbabwe Ambassador in the UK. Friday 31st May at 10.30 am. This is to call for a stop to asylum seeker interviews by Embassy personnel. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Fungisai Mupandira 07758958803.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded 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. All proceeds 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.
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Mixed messages – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 11th May 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 May 2019 14:35

It is ironic that Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa happened to be in London spreading the ‘Zimbabwe open for business’ message when it was announced in Harare that draconian power cuts are being imposed. 

They are not just routine measures. An announcement by the power utility ZESA said some suburbs across the country would be cut off for at least 10 hours a day because of reduced generation at major power stations. Worse still, most of the power-shedding will be during the morning and evening peak periods of 5 am – 10 am and 5 pm – 10 pm. A spokesman said if the measures were not implemented the country could be plunged into total darkness by October.

Another irony was a notice advertising the auction of farm equipment from the troubled Mugabe farming enterprise. The equipment includes five combine harvesters, tractors and at least 30 vehicles. The Mugabe family have been facing lawsuits over unpaid debts.

No such financial difficulties for Comrade Obert Mpofu, one of the richest men in Zimbabwe, who ironically has survived the demise of the Mugabes and as Zanu PF Secretary for Administration this week had talks in Harare with British Ambassador Melanie Robinson.

‘I was able to express our support for the reforms the President has laid out on the economic and political side’, the Herald quotes her as saying (see: https://www.herald.co.zw/british-envoy-commends-zim-reforms/).

Judging from recent statements, the UK, the EU and – more importantly – the US are now singing from the same song sheet: accepting the military regime – at least until further atrocities by the security forces.

The West seems to have given up hope in Zimbabwe’s fractious political opposition and the stick of human rights with which it used to beat Mnangagwa has been replaced by a carrot – the removal of sanctions to tempt Zimbabwe out of the orbit of China, Russia etc.

Other points

  • Several members of the Mutsvangwa party, including Zanu PF bigwig husband Christopher, came past the Vigil to go into the Embassy. They declined to engage with us.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table and put up the banners: Tinotenda Chihope, Pamela Chirimuta, Patrick Hale, Simbarashe Jingo, Josephine Jombe, Patricia Masamba, Esther Munyira, Farai Muroiwa, Mary Muteyerwa, Sipho Ndlovu, Sikhumbuzule Sibanda and Ephraim Tapa. Thanks to Josephine for looking after the front table, to Simbarashe for handing out flyers, to Mary for drumming and to Patricia, Jonathan and Sipho for photos. Thanks also to Mary, Pamela and Sikhumbuzule for contributing to a new ROHR banner.
  • 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: 16 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR Reading branch outreach and general meeting. Saturday 25th May. Community outreach from 11.30 am – 1.30pm. Venue: Broad Street, Reading. Awareness campaign on deteriorating human rights in Zimbabwe. General meeting from 2 -5 pm: Venue: The RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. Contact:  Nicodimus 07877386792, Josephine 07455166668, Shylette 07828929806, Josh 07877246251.
  • ROHR general members’ meeting. Saturday 8th June from 11.30 am. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Contact: Ephraim Tapa 07940793090, Patricia Masamba 07708116625.
  • ROHR fundraising dinner. Saturday 29th June from 6 pm till late. Venue: Zazas, 108 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JE. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Fungisai Mupandira 07468504393, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba 07708116625, Simbarashe Jingo 07787870888, Pamela Chirimuta 07762737339, Sikhumbuzule Sibanda 07912210225, and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776.
  • ROHR sponsored walk. Saturday 27th July. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013, Patricia Masamba and Farai Muroiwa 07365431776. More information as plans progress.
  • 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 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. All proceeds 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.
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Joyless Mayday – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 4th May 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 May 2019 11:07

Comrade Mnangagwa’s Mayday message to the workers was predictable: everything is going to be better. We know you are being exploited by businessmen’s greedy price rises but we demand that employers raise your pay.

The message went down like a bond note or an RTGS dollar. It was like just another fatuous promise in the Herald that we are on course to be a middle-income country by 2030 (instead of one of the poorest in the world with one of the highest inflation rates).

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ president Peter Mutasa said Workers’ Day had been dampened by the spectre of food insecurity and serious financial challenges. All hopes after the removal of Mugabe that things would improve had been dashed. ‘A majority of school children are going to be sent away from school for failure to pay fees,’Mutasa said. ‘A lot of workers are dying at their homes because they cannot afford medical care because they earn useless RTGS dollars.’ (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2019/05/we-face-a-bleak-year-zctu/.) 

The fear in the government of street protests driven by abject poverty was betrayed by an hysterical claim by the Home Affairs Minister Cain Mathema. ‘It is disturbing to note that the ZRP and other security services have gathered intelligence to the effect that a group of foreign nationals want to facilitate a three-day civic organisation workshop in Bulawayo in May 2019. The main agenda of the workshop is to mobilise and capacitate civic organisations and individuals to stage purported effective demonstrations and disturbances to overthrow the Zanu-PF Government,’ he said.(See: https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-161534.html). 

We can all rest comfortable in our beds knowing that the security services know about a routine workshop being planned in Bulawayo. Well done for being so observant

The Vigil had our own observer in Zimbabwe for the past month – Ephraim Tapa, one the founders of the Vigil in 2002, head of our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) and earlier one of the founders of the MDC in his role as head of the civil service union.

Ephraim was dispirited by his latest visit. Basically, ordinary people are ‘just trying to get on with their lives’ – too scared to protest because of the vicious behaviour of the security forces in the January ‘shutdown’ campaign following the post election shootings last August. Civil society has also lost its voice as a result with many human rights activists fleeing to South Africa.

Ephraim said he was further disturbed by reports of division in the MDC and electoral malpractices around its congresses. He said the MDC would fast lose its moral high ground if its leadership did nothing to ensure clean, violence-free elections and adhere to the party constitution. Chamisa’s policies, particularly around his collaboration with the G40 Zanu PF faction and hailing of Robert Mugabe as a ‘great leader,’ were divisive and needless.

He concluded that much of the press coverage in Zimbabwe is unreliable and civil organisations are impotent. People seem to have given up politics as a way forward and appear to be desperately looking for a way beyond the current two-party politics of Zimbabwe.

Other points

  • We were joined today by Chrispen Chamburuka, the newly elected Chair of the MDC UK andIreland, and some of his team. There was agreement that the Vigil and the MDC should work together in the UK.
    The Vigil is often visited by journalists and our attention has been brought to an article which appeared in an online media site SW Londoner a few months ago (see: http://www.swlondoner.co.uk/zimbabwe-protestors-strand/). Among the people interviewed was one of our co-ordinators Rose Benton. She says she wants to make it clear that she has no intention of ending her association with the Vigil. But she is due to have an operation on her shoulder in September and will have to ease up on her commitment.
  • We were joined by some Algerians today bringing a large Algerian flag. Solidarity photos were taken with both the flags of Zimbabwe and Algeria featuring.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table and put up the banners: Pamela Chirimuta, Miriam Gasho, Deborah Harry, Josephine Jombe, Jonathan Kariwo, Mary Muteyerwa, Ephraim Tapa and Reuben Waretsa. Thanks to Josephine and Miriam for looking after the front table, to Bianca Mpawaenda, Rosemary Maponga and Bigboy Sibanda for handing out flyers, to Jonathan, Reuben and Deborah for photos and to Mary for drumming.
  • 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: 27 signed the register.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • ROHR general members’ meeting. Saturday 11th May from 11.30 am. Venue: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX.
  • ROHR Reading branch outreach and general meeting. Saturday 25th May. Community outreach from 11.30 am – 1.30pm. Venue: Broad Street, Reading. Awareness campaign on deteriorating human rights in Zimbabwe. General meeting from 2 -5 pm: Venue: The RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS. Contact:  Nicodimus 07877386792, Josephine 07455166668, Shylette 07828929806, Josh 07877246251.
  • ROHR Fundraising supper. Saturday 29th June. More information as plans progress.
  • 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 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. All proceeds 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.
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Facing the truth – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th April 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:17

‘Elements of corruption’ is a gross understatement but it was nevertheless a welcome breath of reality from President Mnangagwa in his ZBC television interview on the eve of Independence Day.

Mnangagwa came to power promising to root out corruption but now says he didn’t realize the extent of the problem until he tookc office and admitted that he had not been able to fulfil his promise.

‘Corruption is deep rooted. I thought by making a pronouncement that ‘let us fight corruption’ it will go away. No. It’s not like that. To fight corruption, you need the police to investigate but there are elements of corruption in the police. Once you get past the corruption in the police, the National Prosecution Authority has to prosecute, but there are also elements of corruption in the NPA. Then the case must go to court and there are also elements that are corrupt in the judiciary. So the fight is so wide and deep,’ he said (see: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/africa/2019-04-18-zimbabwe-corruption-runs-deep-and-wide-mnangagwa/).

Mnangagwa added that there were some individuals in the judiciary and police who were doing their best to nip the problem in the bud. But the Vigil believes the bud is Zanu PF itself. 

Mnangagwa talks of ‘corrupt elements’ but he seized power nearly a year and a half ago and can’t now shrug his shoulders and say things are out of his control. The truth is that  he leads what Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition describes as a ‘predatory, corrupt, parasitic, authoritarian and militarised elite that has privatised the struggle for personal greed’ (see: https://zwnews.com/gloomy-independence-for-zimas-hyperinflation-returns/).

The message of Easter is to face the truth. Until those in charge face this challenge the future of Zimbabwe will be bleak.

Other points

  • The Vigil is presenting a petition to the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street next Saturday at 3.30 pm. The petition urges the UK government not to support Zimbabwe’s readmission to the Commonwealth until it reforms and acknowledges the genocide of some 20,000 Ndebeles in the 1980s. Thanks to Esther Munyira for organising police permission for this.
  • A special thank you to Vigil Co-ordinator Patricia Masamba for managing the last three Vigils on her own in the absence of the other co-ordinators.
  • Thanks to those who came early to help set up the front table and put up the banners: Patricia, Miriam Gasho, Nyarai Masvosva and Mary Muteyerwa. Thanks to Patricia and Nyarai for looking after the front table, to Miriam for handing out flyers, to Mary for drumming and to Patricia for 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: 7 signed the register. A small attendance today because of the MDC UK and Ireland national conference in Leeds.

EVENTS AND NOTICES:

  • Zimbabwe Vigil petition presentation to 10 Downing Street. Saturday 27th April at 3.30 pm.
  • ROHR fundraising dinner. Saturday 27th April from 6 – 11.30 pm. Venue: Zazas, 108 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JE. Contact: Esther Munyira 07492058109, Fungisai Mupandira 07468504393, Casper Nyamakura 0757766912, Margaret Munenge 0739211743, Bianca Mpawaenda 07400566013 and Patricia Masamba 07708116625.
  • ROHR Reading branch general meeting and outreach. Saturday 27th April. General meeting from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Outreach from 2 – 5 pm at the Vigil. Contact: Joshua Kahari (branch information and publicity) 07877246251, Nicodimus Muganhu (branch chairperson) 07877386792, Alice Shimika (branch secretary) 07462067504
  • 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 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 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.
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