Zanu PF threatens terror – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st May 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 May 2022 15:14

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Zanu PF’s strategy to win next year’s general election, despite the government’s abject failure to fix the economy and save the poor from starving, has been exposed by the paranoid ravings of the party’s Secretary for Finance, Patrick Chinamasa.

 

Basically he warned that Zanu PF would not leave office without bringing the whole country down with them. Chinamasa bluntly claimed that voting for the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change would bring war and instability to the country. He said the CCC leader Nelson Chamisa and deputy Tendai Biti were working for the American Central Intelligence Agency which, he claimed, was preparing to establish a military base in Zimbabwe.

 

Chamisa and Biti and all the USA sponsored NGOs USA sponsored so-called Civil Society Organizations, USA sponsored so-called Human Rights Organizations and USA sponsored Social Media Trolls are the USA Change Agents and force multipliers to remove Liberation Movement Parties from power so as to establish AFRICOM Military Bases on our African Continent and in our SADC region and country, the objective being to establish neocolonial states which are amenable to exploitation.’ (See: https://news.pindula.co.zw/2022/05/16/voting-for-ccc-will-bring-war-instability-to-zimbabwe-says-chinamasa/.)

 

The Zimbabwe Peace Project blames Zanu PF for the majority of human rights violations. In a report titled ‘The Wall’ it speaks of Zanu PF torture camps being set up in rural areas to crush dissent. It says Zanu PF supporters were hounding people they suspected of supporting the CCC in the 26th March by-elections.

 

Zanu PF’s director of information Tafadzwa Mugwadi dismissed the report, saying ‘We don’t respond to lies deliberately cooked by desperate donor-driven outfits led by laptop activists such as Jestina Mukoko. Who needs schooling on what ZPP and its scandalous activists stand for in Zimbabwe’s political market? Zanu PF actually holds ZPP and Jestina Mukoko responsible for the sporadic needless orgies of violence that she hatches working with paid opposition activists targeting security officers, government buildings, businesses and individual citizens.’ He concluded: ‘Zanu PF as an organisation is a party of peace-loving doves.’ (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/05/zpp-report-exposes-zanu-pf-violence/.)

 

The European Union doesn’t seem convinced that Zanu PF are peace-loving doves judging by Friday’s remarks by the head of the EU electoral mission, Elmar Brok. Speaking to the Voice of America, he said Zimbabwe must amend its electoral laws so that all parties have a chance a winning at the polls. Brok spoke of the need for a level playing field, with impartiality of the media, equal treatment of the parties, a proper voters’ registration and transparency to give the election credibility (see: https://www.voanews.com/a/eu-calls-for-zimbabwe-to-implement-electoral-reforms-ahead-of-2023-polls-/6582152.html).

 

Other points

 

Events and Notices:

  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 4th June from 2 – 5 pm. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.
  • ROHR Fundraising Walk for a Free, Fair and Credible Election in Zimbabwe. Saturday 18th June. ROHR UK chapter will embark on a 13-mile sponsored walk staring at Leytonstone and ending at the Vigil, to raise funds for voter registration mobilisation and education to ensure all eligible citizens exercise their right to vote without fear or manipulation.
  • Next ROHR Meeting. Saturday 2nd July at 11 am.
  • 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.
  • 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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         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 
Body of Rwandan genocidaire found in Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th May 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 May 2022 12:07

 

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It comes as no surprise that the grave of the world’s most wanted fugitive has been found in Zimbabwe, whose Zanu PF government is a notorious friend of tyrants from Gaddafi of Libya to Putin of Russia.

 

The body of Protais Mpiranya, the former commander of the Rwandan presidential guard, was discovered under a stone slab in the overgrown Granville Cemetery on the southern outskirts of Harare. The slab carried a false name but the body was exhumed at the request of UN investigators and his identity confirmed by DNA analysis on Tuesday.

 

Serge Brammertz, the UN chief prosecutor who led the hunt, said Mpiranya was the last of the major fugitives and finding his body ‘provides the solace of knowing that he cannot cause further harm’.

 

Mpiranya, who was in charge of the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of members of Rwanda’s minority Tutsi clan, died in Harare in October 2006 of a heart attack brought on by tuberculosis, at the age of 50. He had been living in Zimbabwe under a false identity, despite the Mugabe government’s insistence that he was not in the country.

 

The UN investigation found he had arrived on a Zimbabwean military aircraft and had frequent meetings with the Mugabe regime. He was a valued ally from the second Congo war of 1998 – 2003 (see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/12/twenty-year-search-for-rwanda-genocide-suspect-ends-in-zimbabwe-grave).

 

Another notorious fugitive from justice is believed to be still living in Zimbabwe. He is Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, the former leader of Ethiopia, whose administration is estimated to have killed about half a million people including the last emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie.

 

Mengistu fled the country in 1991 and was given a residence permit by Mugabe, who apparently refused a request to extradite him even though he had been convicted of genocide (see: https://www.dw.com/en/quest-to-extradite-ethiopias-dictator-mengistu-as-mugabe-departs/a-41719005).

 

Both Mugabe and his successor President Mnangagwa have themselves been accused of genocide for the massacre of thousands of minority Ndebeles in the 1980s. It remains an open sore in Zimbabwe with the government refusing to acknowledge its guilt.

 

Other points

 

Events and Notices:

  • Next ROHR Meeting. Saturday 21st May at 11 am. Contacts: Margaret Munenge, Joyce Mbairatsunga and Simbarashe Jingo.
  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 21st May from 2 – 5 pm. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.
  • ROHR Fundraising Walk. Saturday 18th June. More information as plans develop.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Facebook pages :

Vigil : https ://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

         ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/

         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 
Whose hypocrisy? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th May 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2022 14:36

 

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President Mnangagwa’s vitriolic spokesman George Charamba has demanded that Britain stop ‘poking its nose’ into Zimbabwe’s affairs. Complaining about a recent debate in the House of Lords on the situation in Zimbabwe, Charamba said Britain was sponsoring opposition to the Private and Voluntary Organisations Bill which seeks to regulate civil society and non-governmental organisations, which he accused of pushing for regime change.

 

Charamba said Zanu PF was open for talks with the Citizens’ Coalition for Change leader Nelson Chamisa – but that Chamisa must first distance himself from British politicians. The CCC’s deputy spokesperson Gift Ostallos Siziba said the party was not interested in talks with Zanu PF but wanted a national discourse including the churches (see: https://www.herald.co.zw/britain-should-mind-its-own-business/ and https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/05/zanu-pf-sets-conditions-for-chamisa-talks/).

 

The Lords’ debate was organised by Jonathan Oates who knows Zimbabwe well and it was also addressed by Kate Hoey, his predecessor as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe. Both have visited the Vigil. To hear the debate: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/ce672e1c-52d8-479d-a0bf-88fe92da3d6e?in=16:36:26.

 

We found the debate expressed a deep concern for the people of Zimbabwe – something lacking from Mnangagwa’s regime fronted by Charamba and his paranoid fantasies. In his desperation to discredit Britain, Charamba said UK parliamentarians would be better employed dealing with what he described as ‘soaring’ inflation. The UK rate of inflation has indeed reached 7% – somewhat short of the 200+% inflation rate in Zimbabwe.

 

Aljazeera says Zimbabwe is once again in the grip of a severe economic crisis characterised by a massive shortage of foreign currency, unemployment at more that 90%, low production and hyper-inflation that has reduced purchasing power. In a report by Chris Muronzi it says: ‘Barely three years after the reintroduction of the Zimbabwe dollar, its value has plunged dramatically. From trading at around 210 Zimbabwean dollars to $1 at the beginning of March, it is now trading at 400 to $1 and black market dealers are selling it for $450.’ (See: https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/5/5/dollar-oclock-should-zimbabwe-axe-its-faltering-currency-again.)

 

President Mnangagwa has blamed the economic crisis on ‘enemies’ who he says are seeking to dislodge him from power. In an extraordinary speech at a Zanu PF Youth League conference in Harare, he said his enemies were working closely with some business people to create instability. He said young people should create their own jobs instead of aspiring to be teachers or nurses. ‘The days for you to line up and seek jobs are fading . . . I thus expect to see the emergence of a crop of young versatile entrepreneurs who will help leapfrog our economic growth and emerge as the country’s millionaires.’ (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/mnangagwa-claims-he-is-being-sabotaged-by-his-enemies-who-want-to-topple-him/.)

 

Other points

  • Unfortunately many of these prospective millionaires seem to be more interested in a new drug craze, which apparently involves boiling used nappies to get access to sodium polyacrylate! (See: https://sanjhiawaaz.com.au/zimbabweans-boil-used-nappies-to-get-high-2/.)
  • The Vigil met outside the Embassy today. For the moment we are meeting on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. There will be a virtual Vigil on the other Saturdays. Thanks to those who came today: Casper Nyamakura, Charles Mararirakwenda, Chido Makawa, Deborah Harry, Delice Gavazah, Ephraim Tapa, Esther Munyira, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Mercy Bayipayi, Nancy Bayipayi, Philip Maponga, Richard Munyama, Rose Benton and Simbarashe Jingo. For photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720298739526.
  • For Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Events and Notices:

  • Next ROHR Meeting. Saturday 21st May at 11 am.
  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe  Embassy. Saturday 21st May from 2 – 5 pm. We will continue meeting on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays we will continue the virtual Vigil.
  • ROHR Fundraising Walk. Saturday 18th June. More information as plans develop.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Facebook pages :

Vigil : https ://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

         ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/Restoration-of-Human-Rights-ROHR-Zimbabwe-International-370825706588551/

         ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515

 
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