‘Awesome Semantic Redolence’ – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 29th October 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 October 2011 21:13

Reports from the International Criminal Court that Gaddafi’s son and designated successor Saif Al-Islam was considering refuge in Zimbabwe shows what a pariah country we have become. Zimbabwe has, of course, not signed the worldwide agreement to send indicted people to face trial at the ICC in the Hague. Saif no doubt thinks he can join the Ethiopian mass murderer Mengistu living it up in Harare and try to get his hands on the $200 billion looted by his father (see: As Libya takes stock, Moammar Kadafi's hidden riches astound -,0,5740812.story).

Zimbabwe now has a well-deserved reputation as a lawless state and our leaders are treated with the exasperated contempt reserved for bombastic no-hopers. The Vigil was delighted by the Swiss refusal to grant visas to Grace and others in the bloated shopping expedition to Geneva masquerading as attendance at the UN
telecommunications summit – a delegation of more than 60 to a meeting at which no other country would send more than a couple of technocrats (see: – Officials denied visas, Mugabe cancels UN trip).

The depth of corruption in Zimbabwe is reflected in a parliamentary motion submitted by Eddie Cross MP calling for the nationalization of the Marange diamond deposits, which he says are the biggest diamond find in the past century. Mr Cross accuses the Mines Minister of understating the diamond yield by billions of dollars. He says the money is going to ‘unknown political and military figures in Zimbabwe’ when it could transform the state coffers (see: Cross: Presentation to Parliament on Marange).  

The Vigil believes the ‘unknown political and military figures’ Mr Cross speaks of are determined to undermine any move towards democracy and accountability so that they can hold on to their loot. Their use of criminal gangs of deluded, drugged and drunken youths such as Chipangano to wreak havoc on request leaves no room for doubt.  

The Vigil holds South Africa responsible for this situation – as indeed does Morgan Tsvangirai in his recently-published book. The Vigil appeals to President Zuma to take action against these gangsters. Otherwise he will face the consequences – not least the contamination evidenced by the lunatic demonstration by ANC Youth leader Malema and his supporters outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange demanding the takeover of white-owned farms – all the while singing the banned racist song ‘Shoot the Boer’. We note from photographs that they were wearing pro-Gaddafi t-shirts! (see: – Shock as ANC Youth display pro-Gaddafi T-shirts).            

But the Vigil is encouraged by the attitude of the South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Vusi Mavimbela who has complained that Mugabe’s treatment of South African farmers in Zimbabwe violates the bilateral investment agreement. Mugabe’s spokesman on the Herald Nathaniel Manheru said the Ambassador’s reproach revealed ‘awesome semantic redolence’. Whatever that is the Vigil wants more of it (see: SA envoy breaks mould on invasions – 

Other points
·         Our condolences to long-time supporter Geraldine Takundwa whose sister died this week.  The Vigil made a collection for her and several supporters went to visit her after the Vigil.
·         We prayed for our supporter Shamiso Kofi who is still in detention. She tells us that two Zimbabweans from Yarl’s Wood detention centre were deported back to Harare this week.
·         The first UK branch of the Zimbabwe We Can movement has been set up in Woking at a meeting held on Saturday 29th October.  

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FOR THE RECORD: 72 signed the register.  

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·         Zimbabwe We Can Movement Public Meeting. Saturday 5th November at 12 noon. Venue: St Mary's Church, Bushbury Lane, Wolverhampton WV10 8JP. for more information check:
·         ROHR Manchester Meetings. Saturday 12th November (committee meeting from 11 am – 1 pm, general meeting from 2 – 5 pm). Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester M13 9UB.  Contact; Delina Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353. Future meetings:  10th December. Same times / venue.
·         ROHR Manchester Vigil. Saturday 26th November from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre (subject to change to Piccadilly Gardens). Contact; Delina Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353. Future demonstration: 31st December. Same time and venue.
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