On the precipice – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 11th August 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 August 2012 18:30

The SADC summit in Maputo on Friday and Saturday will be a crucial test of SADC’s sincerity. This has been seriously compromised already by its arbitrary suspension of the SADC Tribunal for its ruling against Mugabe.  

The Vigil believes that SADC leaders must make it clear to Mugabe that they will not accept his foot-dragging over the already agreed new constitution and his readiness to unleash the security forces to undermine the census – a taste of what is likely during the referendum on the constitution.  

We were pleased to see the remarks on Zimbabwe by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, in an article in the Times (see: Dr Sentamu says now is not the time for the international community to turn its back on the people of Zimbabwe. He criticized the easing of targeted sanctions on the Mugabe regime and called for the reinstatement of the SADC Tribunal.  

The Vigil hopes President Zuma will take the Archbishop’s advice to heart and stand up to Mugabe. He must know that Zanu-PF paid for the recent bizarre visit to London by the ANC renegade Julius Milema during which he boasted that Zuma would soon be ousted. It is not just Zimbabwe that is on the precipice . . .  

Other points
·         The Vigil was attended by Ephraim Tapa, a member of the management team who also leads the Zimbabwe We Can Movement and the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe. He said that ZWC and ROHR, with the support of the Vigil, would be targeting the Mozambique High Commission on 21st August as part of the Zimbabwean Diaspora  Global protests. Mozambique takes over as chair of SADC at the annual summit.
·         At a commemoration at the Vigil of Bernard Hukwa’s life, Ephraim Tapa reminded us of Bernard’s committed activism with the Vigil, ROHR and the MDC. Susan Chikonyora led prayers and heartfelt singing. Gladys Mapanda spoke of working with Bernard in the ROHR North London branch and Louisa Musaerenge spoke of his work with the Central London Branch of the MDC. She said they were surprised when he did not attend their last meeting and it was a shock to realise he was already dead when the meeting was held. For those who don’t know, his body was found in the Thames on 9th July.
We were pleased to hear from Vigil supporter Arnold Kuwewa that he and Agnieszka Mizerek got married on 3rd August in Tunbridge Wells.
·         The Vigil received this strange email commenting on our last diary: ‘I hear what u say . . . but I am a European from. I'm and we need to ignore poison and have a fresh start stop this. Negative approach to change please.’  

For latest Vigil pictures check: Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website – they cannot be downloaded from the slideshow on the front page of the Zimvigil website. 

FOR THE RECORD: 78 signed the register. 

·         ROHR North East Fundraising Event. Saturday 18th August from 2 – 7 pm. Venue: Longbenton Methodist Church Hall, Chesters Avenue, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8QP. Directions: from Four Lane Ends Metro Station, start out on Benton Road.  At roundabout take the first exit onto West Farm Avenue. Turn left onto Chesters Avenue. For more information contact Tapiwa Merrymore Semwayo on 07412236229, Catherine Tshezi on 07428189705 and Susan Ndhlovu on 07767024586.
·         Eighth 21st Movement Protest. Tuesday 21st August. Outside the Mozambique High Commission, 21 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6EL. Times still to be decided.
·         Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 25th August from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria.
·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 1st September from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. Directions: The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. 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. The entrance is marked by a big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn. Future special ZAF meetings: Saturday 13th October when we mark the 10th anniversary of the Vigil and Saturday 10th November when our special guest will be Ben Freeth.  These two meetings will take the place of the regular ZAF meetings in October and November. Both events at 6.30 pm at Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. For directions see entry above.
·         The Rain that Washes showing at The Lounge, Leicester Square Theatre, from Monday 17th September – Saturday 6th October at 7 pm. Check: or phone the booking line: 08448733433 for specific dates and to book tickets. ‘Instantly plunged into a young man’s compelling story of growing up in turbulent Zimbabwe, we live and breathe his extraordinary journey from innocence to escape, finally returning to his homeland to witness the greatest betrayal of all . . . Inspired by a series of interviews between Zimbabwean Christopher Maphosa and writer Dave Carey, The Rain That Washes is a true story that is poignant, political and, most of all, personal’. 
·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2011 can be viewed on this link:  Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2011 Highlights page.
·         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 Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents the views and opinions of ROHR.
·         ZBN News. The Vigil management team wishes to make it clear that the Zimbabwe Vigil is not responsible for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News (ZBN News). We are happy that they attend our activities and provide television coverage but we have no control over them. All enquiries about ZBN News should be addressed to ZBN News.
·         The Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) has launched its theme song ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’ to raise awareness through music. To download this single, visit: and to watch the video check: To watch other Zim Vigil band protest songs, check: and
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·         Useful websites: which reports on Zanu PF abuses and where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.


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