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Zimbabweans want coalition government – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 11th September 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 September 2021 15:46

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The Pan-African research network Afrobarometer says the majority of Zimbabweans are in favour of a coalition government as a way of resolving the country’s political and economic problems.

 

Political analyst Ernest Mudzengi said that, by opting for a coalition government, citizens had indicated they had lost hope for reforms under a Zanu PF government. ‘Calling for a coalition government is a sign of desperation. They are speaking from history where they saw a change during the unity (coalition) between the now late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe’, Mudzengi said.

 

But Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu said: ‘Our party does not recognise the so-called opposition party led by Nelson Chamisa’. He said it was only prepared to work with the participants in the government-created Political Actors’ Dialogue (POLAD).

 

Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said Chamisa wanted a unified nation just like his supporters do. ‘But there is a difference between a genuine coalition and a bastardised one’, he said, accusing POLAD of being a bunch of useless people pursuing material benefits (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/fresh-push-for-coalition-govt/),

 

In a statement ahead of the MDC’s 22nd anniversary today, Chamisa said the party would survive despite Zanu PF’s determined efforts to destroy it. ‘The oppressor has used surrogates masquerading as opposition to impersonate us, usurp the people’s assets and to expel people’s lawfully-elected political representatives from elected bodies. They have even diverted public funds that we rightfully earned based on our performance in the 2018 elections. This money is dished out to their preferred opposition. The idea is to suffocate us politically and financially and drive us into extinction.’ (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/state-machinery-wont-destroy-us-chamisa-speaking-ahead-of-mdcs-22nd-anniversary/.)

 

The Herald tells us every day that things are getting better and better in Zimbabwe. It is always a cheerful read: the economy is about to boom and we are well on course to be a middle-income country by 2030 thanks to the wisdom of our visionary leader Comrade Mnangagwa.

 

It takes a cynical former finance minister like Tendai Biti to spoil the party. He says the Zanu PF regime is ideologically bankrupt and cannot transform the lives of suffering citizens. He accuses Mnangagwa of advancing a ‘dangerously unpatriotic agenda’ through rewarding the Russians and Chinese with secret mining deals (see: https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/biti-exposes-mnangagwas-secret-deals-with-china-russia/).

 

Lovemore Moyo, a former speaker of parliament and now leader of the opposition United Movement for Devolution, says Zanu PF is unwilling to Implement devolution of power for fear it would deny its officials the opportunity to loot public resources (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/govt-fears-devolution-may-plug-looting-holes/).

 

Other Points:

  • The Zimbabwean justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says government workers who do not want to be vaccinated against Covid 19 should resign. Ziyambi said that, while Zimbabweans would not be forced to get vaccinated, those in the public service had a responsibility to protect the public by getting vaccinated. He added ‘ there will come a time when we will not want any teacher who is not vaccinated’. (See: https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/get-covid-19-vaccine-or-please-quit-zimbabwe-tells-government-workers-2021-09-07/.)
  • Today we met outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. For the moment we are meeting outside the Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 25th September 2021.  On the alternate Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. However, it was agreed that because we are now able to meet physically and the Vigil is about making the effort to join together in protest, it is not appropriate to continue the virtual Vigils in the same way as they were conducted when we weren’t able to meet. To be recorded as participating in a virtual Vigil your photo, taken with a poster with a message reflecting the situation in Zimbabwe, must be taken at one of the actual Vigils. There will be a small charge to cover admin costs, the ongoing upkeep of the Vigil and our support for the human rights work of ROHR, our sister organisation in Zimbabwe. The photos will then be labelled with your name, uploaded on our website, Flickr site and Facebook pages. Thanks to those who came today: Casper Nyamakura, Dambudzo Marimira, Ephraim Tapa, Jacob Mandipira, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Margaret Munenge, Philip Maponga, Richard Munyama, Rose Benton and Rosemary Maponga.. Photos of today’s Vigil can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157719830708662.
  • For all Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 25th September from 2 – 5 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.
  • 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

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

 
Fixing the next elections – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 4th September 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 September 2021 20:08

 

  

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As the crocodile’s jaws close on the opposition, Nelson Chamisa’s MDC party has launched an appeal for financial support from the public at home and in the diaspora ahead of the 2023 elections.

 

The move follows the government’s exclusion of the party from the arrangement under which political parties receive public funds n proportion to votes they received in the last elections. The last electoral results announced by the Electoral Commission said Chamisa received 45% of the presidential vote and Mnangagwa 51% - the rest going to fringe candidates. (The results are widely regarded as having been rigged in favour of Zanu PF.)

 

As part of its efforts to divide the opposition, the government has now ignored Chamisa’s party and given the funds to disputed MDC breakaways, led by Douglas Mwonzora. It amounts to $60 million Zimbabwe dollars. Zanu PF is getting $140 million.

 

The Chamisa party’s secretary for presidential affairs Jameson Timba condemned the move, saying that there was a High Court ruling banning the grant of the funds to either MDC faction until the legal dispute between them had been resolved. He said it showed Zanu PF’s desperation to ‘oil its surrogates’ to destabilise Chamisa’s party (see: https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-208189.html).

 

President Mnangagwa has admitted that Zimbabwe is deeply in debt to China and struggling to pay off its loans. Most of its deals with China are in exchange for mineral resources, leading to accusations that Mnangagwa is mortgaging Zimbabwe’s future (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/zim-sinking-in-chinese-debt-ed/).

 

Nevertheless, Mnangagwa is not short of money to splash out on the military. Information Minister Monica Mutsvanga said the cabinet had approved a number of projects ‘to ensure a comfortable life for the military’. They include shopping malls, residential flats and ‘robust armouries’.

 

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesman Marvellous Khumalo said the government’s generosity to the military had everything to do with the forthcoming elections and also to protect the regime from any potential threats, including a coup (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/ed-pampers-military/).

 

Crisis in Coalition also condemned the proposed amendment of the Private Voluntary Organisation Act, which will make it a punishable offence for non-government organisations to engage in political activities. The Coalition’s director Blessing Vava said: ‘We implore the government to desist from muzzling the operations of civil society organisations and further shrinking the democratic space ahead of the 2023 elections.’ (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/09/stop-persecuting-pro-democracy-forces-govt-told/.)

 

Other Points:

  • Zanu PF has attacked the outgoing US Ambassador Brian Nichols, accusing him of funding opposition parties and civil society organisations to overthrow the government. In an farewell statement Nichols urged the government to ‘heed Zimbabweans’ call for free and fair elections’. (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/08/zanu-pf-attacks-outgoing-us-envoy/.)
  • Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has given an interview about the difficulties or practising journalism in the country. He said Zimbabwe is ‘a terrible space for practising journalism’. Asked what was necessary to free the press in Zimbabwe he said; ‘The government just needs to follow the constitution and allow citizens who are journalists to practice their craft without hindrance, without intimidation, without state institutions being used against them’. (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/journalists-in-zimbabwe-live-in-fear-of-arrest-hopewell-chinono/.)
  • Today was a virtual Vigil. For the moment we are meeting outside the Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 11th September. On the alternate Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. However, it was agreed that because we are now able to meet physically and the Vigil is about making the effort to join together in protest, it is not appropriate to continue the virtual Vigils in the same way as they were conducted when we weren’t able to meet. To be recorded as participating in a virtual Vigil your photo, taken with a poster with a message reflecting the situation in Zimbabwe, must be taken at one of the actual Vigils. There will be a small charge to cover admin costs, the ongoing upkeep of the Vigil and our support for the human rights work of ROHR, our sister organisation in Zimbabwe. The photos will then be labelled with your name, uploaded on our website, Flickr site and Facebook pages. For today’s photos, see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157719776800756. Our virtual Vigil activists today were Amina Matewele, Babula Gwatiringa, Esther Munyira and Joyce Mbairatsunga who all kindly contributed to Vigil funds.
  • For all Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 25th September from 2 – 5 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.
  • 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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Zanu PF insults Zambia – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 28th August 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 August 2021 12:23

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In the old days rulers would have fools or jesters to keep them amused. But we doubt that President Mnangagwa will be laughing much over the latest ravings of his hired fool George Charamba.

 

While Mnangagwa was in Zambia pretending to welcome the election of the opposition leader President Hakainde Hichilema as the new President, his spokesman was ranting at home that HH was a ‘sell-out’.

 

Why was the new Zambian President a sell-out? Charamba was angry because HH had warmly welcomed the MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to the inauguration – as he did the opposition leaders of a number of other countries.

 

He said he had invited them because ‘they chose the hard path of supporting of our party’s struggles when others refused to associate with us in the opposition’.

 

Also welcomed was the leader of the One South Africa Movement Mmusi Maimane who later tweeted ‘there is a wind blowing across SADC, across Africa’. (See: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/africa/2021-08-24-zimbabwean-political-rivals-put-on-a-show-at-hichilema-inauguration/.)

 

The spokesman for the new Zambian President’s party, United Party for National Development, Joseph Kalimbwe, described Charamba’s comments as ‘catastrophic’ and said they would not be taken lightly.

 

The prominent lawyer and MDC supporter Alex Magaisa said: ‘It is undiplomatic for a presidential spokesperson to attack a fellow head of State on baseless accusations’, adding ‘The fact is that there is fear and panic within the ruling party Zanu PF over the perceived close association between Chamisa and Hichilema.’ (See: https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/charamba-labels-hichilema-sellout/.)

 

No doubt Zanu PF is worried by the Zambian President’s inaugural address at the packed Heroes’ Stadium in Lusaka.

He told the crowd: ‘Democracy is the way to go — for Zambia, the people of Africa and the world.’ He pledged to root out corruption, invest in education and rebuild an economy buckling under a $12 billion debt mountain (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/1164-hakainde-hichilema-vows-to-free-zambia-from-corruption).

 

The Zimbabwe government will be further annoyed that the Zambian state broadcaster has offered to give Chamisa a platform if he continues to be side-lined by television back home.

 

Other Points:

  • Chamisa’s MDC Alliance Party has expressed fears that President Mnangagwa might misuse the US$961 million Zimbabwe has received from the International Monetary Fund. The party’s spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere, said that Zanu PF was likely to use the money for electioneering if not held to account (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/08/chamisa-raises-alarm-over-imf-funds/).
  • Joshua Nkomo’s son, Sibangilizwe Nkomo, has dismissed suggestions that the Gukurahundi issue has been resolved after President Mnangagwa’s talks with tribal chiefs. The government said it had agreed to discussions about compensation for victims of the Gukurahundi massacre in the 1980s. But Nkomo said the chiefs had left out key issues such as accountability and justice. ‘Without these, the genocide will still be unresolved, missing in the key issues is an acknowledgment and apology’. (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/late-vp-nkomos-son-says-chiefs-cannot-resolve-gukurahundi/.)
  • Today we met outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. For the moment we are meeting outside the Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 11th September 2021. On the other Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. However, it was agreed that because we are now able to meet physically and the Vigil is about making the effort to join together in protest, it is not appropriate to continue the virtual Vigils in the same way as they were conducted when we weren’t able to meet. To be recorded as participating in a virtual Vigil your photo, taken with a poster with a message reflecting the situation in Zimbabwe, must be taken at one of the actual Vigils. There will be a small charge to cover admin costs, the ongoing upkeep of the Vigil and our support for the human rights work of ROHR, our sister organisation in Zimbabwe. The photos will then be labelled with your name, uploaded on our website, Flickr site and Facebook pages. Thanks to those who came today: Amina Matewele, Babula Gwatiringa, Ephraim Tapa, Esther Munyira. Farayi Chikowore, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Lorrein Gumise and Rose Benton. Photos of today’s Vigil can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157719740966053.
  • For all Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 11th September from 2 – 5 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.
  • 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

 
Good news for Africa? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st August 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 August 2021 12:34

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The peaceful change of government in Zambia has come as a shock. The Times newspaper in the UK hails it as ‘good news for sub-Saharan Africa’. (See: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/1161-the-times-view-on-hakainde-hichilemas-election-zambian-democracy.)

 

It is certainly good news for Zambia to get rid of the disastrous President Lungu who drove the country into bankruptcy crippled by unsustainable debt to China.

 

But for Zimbabwe the consequence is rather different. The lesson Zanu PF will take from the successful democratic election in Zambia is that Lungu was stupid in not guaranteeing the result beforehand or, if necessary, changing it afterwards.

 

Zanu PF, backed by those models of democracy China and Russia has no doubt already hired the usual professional election-riggers to ensure their own re-election in 2023. As usual, the freeloading international election monitors, wined and dined by Mnangagwa, will endorse the outcome, supported by gullible academics, all too ready to accept the unbelievable.

 

The Vigil pays tribute to former President Lungu for accepting the will of the people. We wish the new President Hakainde Hichilema every success in his efforts to turn around the economy and create jobs for the young – a key problem in Africa from Morocco to South Africa. According to the Times many unemployed graduates wore their academic gowns to the polling stations to drive home this point (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/1162-hakainde-hichilema-ill-recharge-economy-says-new-zambian-leader).

 

Perhaps their counterparts in Zimbabwe should do the same in 2023. But this discounts Zanu PF’s capacity to smother any opposition ahead of elections – combined with its control of the judiciary, the electoral commission, the armed forces and the state media.

Zambian youth activist Joseph Kalimbwe has urged Zimbabwean youths not to leave polling stations after voting but to stay until results have been announced to counter rigging (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/guard-your-votes-top-zambian-activist-tells-zim-youths/).

 

For his part, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has said his turn is coming. He congratulated Zambia’s new president and said his victory ‘inspired us all’. Zimbabwe’s Information Ministry spokesman, Nick Mangwana, was quick to mock this, commenting ‘there is always this bridesmaid who is never destined to marry’. (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/chamisa-speaks-on-zambia-election-zimbabwes-turn-is-coming/.)

 

Mnangagwa’s spokesman, George Charamba, added in a tweet: ‘Mnangagwa and his generation did not go to war so they could hand over the country to Chamisa on a silver platter (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/08/military-wont-hand-over-power/).

 

Other Points:

  • Zanu PF is getting excited by the prospect of Mnangagwa visiting the UK. If he does the Vigil hopes to find an opportunity to confront him but we have seen no concrete information on a visit and we advise Zanu PF to spend their energy explaining why Mnangagwa’s son was seen taking delivery of a US$500,000 Rolls-Royce (see: https://www.thezimbabwean.co/2021/08/mnangagwas-twin-son-takes-delivery-of-us500k-rolls-royce/).
  • Perhaps it’s things like this that persuaded the UK to now designate Zimbabwe as a risky investment destination because of high-level corruption (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/08/uk-flags-zim-as-risky/).
  • Today is a virtual Vigil and we didn’t physically meet outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. For the moment we are meeting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 28th August 2021. On the other Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil where we ask our activists to put on Vigil / ROHR / Zimbabwe regalia and take a photo of themselves holding an appropriate poster reflecting our protest against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. The photos are uploaded on our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157719764688060. Our virtual Vigil activists today were Babula Gwatiringa, Jane Kaphuwa, Rosemary Maponga, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Margaret Munenge, Grace Munyanyi and Casper Nyamakura who all kindly contributed to Vigil funds.
  • For all Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 28th August from 2 – 5 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.
  • Vigil and ROHR picnic in Richmond Park. Saturday 4th September. Vigil and ROHR activists are organising this event. 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
 
Black capitalists and new colonisers – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 14th August 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 August 2021 11:12

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The promises of liberation have not been met and polls show persistent discontent with the Mnangagwa government.

 

The Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers’ Union, Justice Chinhema, said white capitalists have been replaced by black ones and China has become the new coloniser. In a statement to mark Heroes Day, he said the country’s national heroes had fought for nothing; mining communities throughout the country were struggling while mineral resources were being looted.

 

‘A mine worker today is faced with a plethora of challenges. These challenges range from the pandemic of COVID-19 which has ravaged the globe, poor working conditions, poor remuneration and general poor welfare in our mines,’ Chinhema said.

 

‘Today a mine worker is faced with another existential threat of a new coloniser in the form of Chinese miners in the name of investors supported by corrupt indigenous people in our space.’

 

‘Investment must bring personal improvement, community and national development. However, that is not the case with the Chinese as well as black capitalists who are corrupt to the core. Looters and criminals are enslaving us and today we are worse off. We need each other to overcome the challenges that we face as mine workers. This is a time we must speak with one voice as a sector and backbone of our economy. The middle income country by 2030 will not be successful if workers are not united towards our own liberation from the slave wages that we are earning today,’ read the ZDAMWU statement (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/08/china-is-our-new-coloniser-zdamwu/).

 

The president of the pro-democracy movement Transform Zimbabwe, Jacob Ngarivhume, says he will demonstrate on Monday outside the Constitutional Court. ‘I will be starting a series of protests for political and electoral reforms, and against flagrant corruption by Mnangagwa’ he said.

 

‘We need to let the government know that we have had enough of their rubbish, POLAD, Drax, gold smuggling, election rigging, all of it. Fellow Zimbabweans for how long are we going to suffer? Mnangagwa and his family have amassed great wealth but they are not satisfied, they want to drain this country until there is nothing left.’ (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/fresh-anti-gvt-protests-loom/.)

 

To add to Zimbabwe’s problems, the British newspaper the Guardian says the recent surge in Covid fatalities nationwide in Zimbabwe has ‘overwhelmed undertakers resulting in delayed burials’. The Cape Town based News 24 adds that vaccination sites across Zimbabwe are struggling to meet demand.

 

According to the latest tracking by Oxford University only about 13% of Zimbabwe’s population have received one vaccine, with less that 7% fully vaccinated (see: https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/953776/zimbabwe-covid-cases-surge-hospitals-are-full).

 

We remember reporting a few months ago that the Zimbabwean government had spurned an offer of free Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Perhaps they thought the British Prime Minister owned the company? Instead Zimbabwe has been relying on Chinese vaccines which have been shown to be less effective than Western ones.

 

Other Points:

  • Following the recent unrest in South Africa there has been a resurgence of xenophobia there. A target is the newly elected executive mayor of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo, son of a Zimbabwean immigrant and a South African woman. One critic, Advocate Ike Khumalo, already facing charges of inciting public violence, said foreigners must go back and build their own countries (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/fears-of-xenophobic-attacks-mount-south-africans-launch-campaign-to-depose-zim-joburg-mayoro/).
  • Ten people gathered for our second Vigil outside the Embassy since the Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings were lifted. They were welcomed by the sight of the annual naked cyclists ride through central London. For the moment we are meeting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 28th August 2021. On the other Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. Thanks to those who came: Babula Gwatiringa, Dennis Benton, Ephraim Tapa, Jane Kaphuwa, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Kevin Wheeldon, Philip Maponga, Rose Benton and Rosemary Maponga.
  • It is with sadness we report the passing away of Tendai Chigariro. Our condolences go to her family and friends. She was a Vigil and ROHR activist and also  active with MDC Youth in the UK.
  • For all Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website.

 

Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 28th August from 2 – 5 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.
  • 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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