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Chinamasa besieged in London Monday 4th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 July 2016 14:48
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Police protect Chinamasa and friends from Vigil protesters.
 
Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was besieged in London by angry Zimbabwean exiles and had to be rescued by a vanload of police.
 
Chinamasa was speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House on a desperate visit to Europe to try to raise money for the bankrupt Zanu PF regime.
 
Protestors from the Zimbabwe Vigil and its sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe picketed  Chatham House with posters reading: ‘No to Mugabe’s lies’, ‘Don’t prop up the Mugabe regime’, ‘Don’t lend money to thieves’ and ‘Zimbabweans reject odious debt’. While the meeting was under way an impassioned Cephas Maswoswa sang protests songs.
 
It became apparent that Chinamasa and his companions were afraid to come out and face the music. The demonstrators deterred an attempt to exit from a side door of Chatham House and eventually the police arrived and provided a safe corridor for Chinamasa and his friends to access the Zimbabwean Ambassador’s car amid jeers from protestors, fired up by messages from home of  mounting unrest in all urban areas.
 
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  • We were not impressed by the Chatham House official who refused to allow our supporter, young journalist David Wilkins, to sit on the steps.  David is blind and has hearing difficulties. Part of his condition is that he has weak ankles. They said he could sit in the park across the road but he wanted to stay with us. We are always so encouraged by his support.
  • Thanks to those who attended who made such a spirited protest: Alfredy Mukuvare, Cephas Maswoswa, Chipo Kamhunga, David Wilkins, Deborah Harry, Dennis Benton, Eldridge Culverwell, Emmaculate Tshuma, Fungayi Mabhunu, John Burke, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Rose Benton and Sandra Kudenga.
  • The Vigil and ROHR will confront Chinamasa again tomorrow when he speaks at a conference in the financial heart of London to announce that Mugabe is now prepared to allow the reviled West to lend him money as long as they never expect to be repaid. Protest at Zimbabwe Conference 2016 ‘Rebooting and Rebuilding’. Tuesday 5th July from 8 am onwards. Venue: outside DLA Piper UK LLP, 3 Noble Street, London EC2V 7EE. For more information: http://africa-confidential-meetings.com/.
 
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People of Zimbabwe arise: 14th April 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:40

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The Zimbabwe Vigil salutes our sister organization the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) for its participation in the brave MDC T demonstration on Thursday against Mugabe’s rapacious regime. We are to join ROHR outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on Friday 15th April to support their ‘Mugabe must go’ protest.

 

We have a constitutional right to protest and are grateful that the courts have dismissed the police attempts to close down all demonstrations. We must have demonstrations every day in Zimbabwe if we are to free ourselves of this barren regime.

 

We must challenge the great geriatric: come and commune with us on the streets. Tell us what you have done with our $15 billion.

 

Here is a report from ROHR Programmes Co-ordinator who attended the demo today.

 

An estimated 8,000 people today thronged the streets of Harare in a march organised by the main opposition party MDC T and other civic organisations and well-wishers taking part to voice their concerns on the missing $15 billion, unemployment, abductions and the general economic decay.

 

The march started at Freedom Square behind the Sheraton Hotel with the organizing secretary Mwonzora giving orders. The procession started when Tsvangirai arrived and people burst into songs waving placards with various messages directed to the Mugabe Regime. People jostled as they walked on the jammed streets. Police were deployed at every street corner wielding baton sticks and teargas canisters. Uncharacteristically today allowed the people to exercise their democratic right as enshrined in the constitution of Zimbabwe Section 59.

 

The crowd congregated at Africa Unity Square which was surrounded by anti-riot police armed to the teeth. Morgan Tsvangirai addressed the crowd. He spoke of the failure by the regime to address bread and butter issues, corruption and oppression and promised a new hope for Zimbabwe. After the address people dispersed singing revolutionary songs.

 

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Zimbabwe Vigil Press Release – 23rd February 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:10

Zimbabweans in new protest at looting British GP

 

On Friday 26th February Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are to stage another protest outside a clinic in Nottingham run by a Zimbabwean immigrant doctor who has seized one of the last white-owned farms in Zimbabwe.

 

Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, a British citizen, claims that the Mugabe regime told him he could have the farm although he has been resident in England for more than 15 years. His wife, Veronica, is apparently connected to Mugabe’s wife Grace.

 

The farm was besieged by hired thugs for months before armed police forced their way in exactly four weeks ago on Friday and took away the owner Zimbabwean-born Phillip Rankin who was about to harvest a crop worth up to £240,000.

 

The demonstrations outside Dr Nyatsuro’s clinic have been organized by the Zimbabwe Vigil  which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday since October 2002 in support of human rights in Zimbabwe.

 

Date and time: Friday 26th February from 12 noon – 3 pm.

Venue: The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1BJ.

For directions, check: http://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/MapsAndDirections/DefaultView.aspx?id=38275

Contact: Chamunorwa Chisuko 07832927609, Enniah Dube 07403439707, Sally Mutseyami 07448730581, Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Rose Benton 07970996003.

 

 

Zimbabweans to present petition to 10 Downing Street

 

At 4 pm on Saturday 27th February the Vigil will present a petition to 10 Downing Street calling for Dr Nyatsuro’s British citizenship to be revoked. The petition to Prime Minister David Cameron reads:

 

Zimbabwean exiles in the United Kingdom and sympathisers are appalled by the behaviour of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica who run the Willows Medical Centre in Nottingham. Dr Nyatsuro is a British citizen, long resident in this country, yet he has illegally seized a farm in Zimbabwe owned by a white Zimbabwean farmer, Mr Phillip Rankin, who bought it with the approval of the Mugabe government. Dr Nyatsuro and his wife are reported to be connected to Grace Mugabe. We are puzzled why a British doctor should want a farm in Zimbabwe since he and his wife are apparently in full-time employment here and have no known farming expertise in a country facing starvation. We ask your government to consider revoking Dr Nyatsuro’s citizenship on the grounds that ‘it was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact’ (see: Deprivation of British citizenship and withdrawal of passport facilities – file:///Users/GG/Downloads/SN06820%20(1).pdf: House of Commons Library). We also question his suitability to run an NHS clinic in Nottingham while farming in Zimbabwe.

 

The petition has been signed by hundreds of people who have passed by the Vigil on Saturdays. More than 7,000 others have signed the petition online.

 

Date: Saturday 27th February

Times:

3.30 pm move from the Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2R 0JR

4 pm outside 10 Downing Street, SW1A 2AA.

 

 

Ban Zanu PF petition

The Vigil has been asked to draw attention to an online petition asking the British government to ban Zanu PF in the UK (see: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/120585).

 
Zimbabweans protest at looting British GP PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:58

Zimbabwe Vigil Press Release – 1st February 2016

 

Zimbabweans protest at looting British GP

 

Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are to protest outside a clinic in Nottingham run by a Zimbabwean immigrant doctor who has seized one of the last white-owned farms in Zimbabwe.

 

Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, a British citizen, claims that the Mugabe regime has told him he can have the farm although he has been resident in England for more than 15 years. His wife, Veronica is related to Mugabe’s wife Grace.

 

The farm has been besieged by hired thugs for months but last Friday armed police forced their way in and took away the owner Zimbabwean-born Phillip Rankin who was about to harvest a crop worth up to £240,000.

 

The demonstration is organized by the Zimbabwe Vigil which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday since October 2002 in support of human rights in Zimbabwe.

 

Vigil Co-ordinator Fungayi Mabhunu said: ‘The Nyatsuros have grown rich on the NHS. What do they think they are doing depriving a productive farmer of his home and his livelihood just because he is white? Zimbabwe needs farmers not hypocritical absentee landlords. Nottingham must say that now that the Nyatsuros have the farm they must go and work the land there. Instead it will be a glorified holiday home while Zimbabwe starves.’

 

The Zimbabwe Vigil is running the following petition to David Cameron: Zimbabwean exiles in the United Kingdom and sympathisers are appalled by the behaviour of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica who run the Willows Medical Centre in Nottingham. Dr Nyatsuro is a British citizen, long resident in this country, yet he has illegally seized a farm in Zimbabwe owned by a white Zimbabwean farmer, Mr Phillip Rankin, who bought it with the approval of the Mugabe government. Dr Nyatsuro and his wife are reported to be connected to Grace Mugabe. We are puzzled why a British doctor should want a farm in Zimbabwe since he and his wife are apparently in full-time employment here and have no known farming expertise in a country facing starvation. We ask your government to consider revoking Dr Nyatsuro’s citizenship on the grounds that ‘it was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact’ (see: Deprivation of British citizenship and withdrawal of passport facilities – file:///Users/GG/Downloads/SN06820%20(1).pdf: House of Commons Library). We also question his suitability to run an NHS clinic in Nottingham while farming in Zimbabwe.

 

Date and time: Friday 5th February from 12 noon – 3 pm.

Venue: The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1BJ.

For directions, check: http://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/MapsAndDirections/DefaultView.aspx?id=38275

Contact: Chamunorwa Chisuko 07832927609, Enniah Dube 07403439707, Tino Mashonganika 07453272078, Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Rose Benton 07970996003.

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Vigil Protests: 17th April 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 18:11

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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy and the South African High Commission in London on Friday 17th April in protest at the abduction in Harare of the civil rights activist Itai Dzamara and at the new upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The protest came as ambassadors of SADC countries were holding a meeting at Zimbabwe House. Barriers were placed outside the Embassy and police kept guard after several incidents in which demonstrators entered the building in attempts to deliver a letter. Police said their presence followed an Embassy complaint to the Foreign Office.

Once again the Embassy refused to accept the Vigil’s letter and the demonstrators were told they could not even push it under the closed front door. So we posted it at the local post office.

The letter said: ‘We would like to discuss with you the abduction of the human rights activist Itai Dzamara who was seen being taken away in an unmarked car by five armed men on Monday 9th March. We fear that he is the latest victim of the Central Intelligence Organisation which has been responsible for the disappearance of thousands of opponents of the Mugabe regime. Zimbabwe Vigil fears that the unbridled criminal behaviour by the Mugabe regime is stoking a fire which could consume our people. Because the Embassy has no letterbox we will deliver this letter in person. We assure you that we come with peaceful intentions and intend at all times to obey the law which recognises our rights as Zimbabweans to approach our Embassy.’

 

Vigil activists, who were joined by representatives of a number of Zimbabwean groups, took time out from the demonstration to gather outside the nearby South African High Commission. Amid singing and drumming they presented a letter for President Zuma protesting at the upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa. Unlike the hostile reception at their own Embassy, the South Africans received the letter courteously:

 

The letter read: Zimbabweans in the diaspora condemn the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa and call on your government to ensure their safety. We find it disheartening that the attacks are taking place at a time when regional bodies such as SADC are calling for closer ties among African states through the scrapping of visas. We cannot speak for other groups seeking refuge in South Africa from poverty, economic crises, war and government persecution in their home countries. But as far as Zimbabweans are concerned, we hold South Africa responsible for the desperate situation in our country caused by your unwavering support for the oppressive Mugabe regime, publicly displayed only recently during Mugabe’s visit to South Africa. We warn you that until you change sides and support instead the democratic aspirations of our oppressed people you will never see an end to the tide of refugees fleeing Zimbabwe.’

 

On Saturday, the Zimbabwe Vigil will mark the 35th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence with a demand that Mugabe must go.

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 FOR THE RECORD: 31 signed the register.

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