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Nothing to celebrate in Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 11th December 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 December 2021 16:33

The world marked International Human Rights Day on 10th December but there was nothing to celebrate in Zimbabwe. The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, which groups 350 citizens’ organisations, said that despite claims of a ‘new dispensation’ President Mnangagwa’s government presided over a toxic political environment coupled with high levels of corruption.

 

It said: ‘Draconian laws, judicial capture, arbitrary arrests, persecution of civil society actors and the ongoing arbitrary constitutional amendments continue to reverse the democratic gains attained by the adoption of a new constitution in 2013’. (See: https://www.thezimbabwean.co/2021/12/crisis-coalition-statement-on-international-human-rights-day-2/.)

 

The Zimbabwean Peace Project, which monitors human rights violations,  says it is now clear that promises of reform made by Mnangagwa when he came to power 4 years ago were insincere because there was ‘sustained intolerance’ of dissent, opposition political activity and human rights work.

 

It said that in those 4 years it had recorded 9,345 human rights violations: ‘In all this, state security agents, and officials or members of the ruling Zanu PF have been the major perpetrators. The violations include killings, abductions, torture, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, and harassment and intimidation.’

 

Between November 2020 and November 2021, there was an acceleration of the pace, and this is most likely because election year is drawing closer and the ruling party, whose officials have proclaimed they will not accept an election defeat, are ring-fencing themselves through various strategies.’

 

The Peace Project said that discrimination was widespread especially in rural communities ‘where villagers rely on aid, and Zanu PF used its influence in government to influence the determination of who gets or does not get aid. The goal is to intimidate, isolate, weaken and impoverish members of the community who have the courage to assert their constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of association and assembly.’ (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/mnangagwas-4-years-as-president-destructive-zpp/.)

 

For its part, the Zimbabwean chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa said Mnangagwa was increasingly turning Zimbabwe into an authoritarian state by introducing new laws to crush dissent ahead of the 2023 elections. It said: ‘in essence, the laws seek to curtail and criminalise civil society's work at an unprecedented scale’ – an apparent reference to the new Cyber Security and Data Protection Act which the President recently signed into law which places controls on social media.

 

Mnangagwa’s aspiration to improve relations with the West will not be helped by this latest piece of repressive legislation. He was notably absent from the list of Southern African presidents consulted by the UK about the latest travel restrictions it has imposed because of the new Covid variant Omicron (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/uk-pm-snubs-mnangagwa-in-sadc-travel-ban-consultations/).

 

Other points

·       NewZimbabwe says business leaders have advised the government to bring the US dollar back into circulation ‘and rescue the collapsing economy’. The Zimbabwean dollar, brought back upon the scrapping of the US dollar as Zimbabwe’s currency in 2018, has been steadily losing value. It is now trading at over US$1: $200 on the black market while the official rate is at $1: $110 (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/bring-back-the-us-business-tells-mnangagwa/).

·       Because of concerns about the new Omicron Covid variant, the Vigil Co-ordinators have decided to suspend the physical meetings at the Embassy until after Christmas. We will review the situation in the new year. In the meantime we will continue to run the Virtual Vigil as we did during lockdown. The Virtual Vigil shows the powers-that-be that we are still campaigning against their iniquitous behaviour and enables our activists to continue our protest and allows us to support them individually. To participate in the Virtual Vigil, activists who wish to participate virtually should pose in their Vigil / ROHR / Zimbabwe regalia with a relevant poster and take a photo / selfie during normal Vigil hours (Saturdays between 2 and 5 pm). The photos will be labelled with your name and uploaded onto the Vigil website, the Vigil’s Flickr photo page and Facebook. You will also be listed on the Vigil diary as having participated in that day’s virtual Vigil. 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.

·       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:

·       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

 
Death of human rights champion – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 4th December 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 December 2021 14:26

The Vigil was saddened by the sudden death of Dewa Mavinga, the Southern Africa Director of Human Rights Watch. Our deepest condolences to his wife Fiona and their four children and other members of the family.

 

Among those he supported was journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who tweeted that Mavinga was ‘a great advocate for human rights in Zimbabwe and beyond. A gentle giant who was always there for anyone who was facing political persecution.’

 

The Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, Mausi Segun, said: ‘We have lost a true gem, a treasure of a person and colleague. We’re devastated by Dewa’s passing’.

 

We can testify to this as Dewa visited the Vigil and was very supportive of our efforts to bring the human rights crisis in Zimbabwe to public attention here (see: https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/12/04/human-rights-watch-mourns-loss-dewa-mavhinga).

 

Human rights continues to be a crucial issue in Zimbabwe, where the British Embassy has called for an investigation into the fatal assault of MDC Alliance activist Nyasha Zhambe Mawere by suspected Zanu PF supporters during Nelson Chamisa’s meet-the-people tour of Masvingo in October. Not long before his death, Mavinga had also called for an investigation, saying the attack undermined the rule of law.

 

Zanu PF acting spokesperson Mike Bimha, for his part, said Zanu PF did not tolerate violence! (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/12/probe-mdc-alliance-activists-death-uk/).

 

Meanwhile President Mnangagwa told the UK to stop interfering in Zimbabwe’s domestic affairs. He claimed that Zimbabwe has the most democratic constitution in the SADC region (See: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/hands-off-my-zimbabwe-ed-tells-uk/).

 

Other points

  • Mnangagwa has appointed his wife Auxillia to the Politburo as Zanu PF’s Secretary for Environment and Tourism. She replaces Priscah Mupfumira who is facing a corruption charge involving US$90,000 National Social Security funds (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/12/auxillias-politburo-elevation-raises-stink/),
  • The head of Parliament’s budget committee, Oscar Gorerino, says planes are landing at the Mugabe International Airport in Harare without a proper radar system. He said it was very dangerous but the Civil Aviation Authority had only $1.5 million in its coffers and a new radar system would cost $3.4 million. China loaned Zimbabwe $153 million to upgrade the airport, including the radar system (see: https://www.news24.com/news24/africa/news/very-dangerous-zimbabwes-main-airport-operating-without-radar-to-guide-air-traffic-20211203).
  • Because of concerns about the new Omicron Covid variant, the Vigil Co-ordinators have decided to suspend the physical meetings at the Embassy until after Christmas. We will review the situation in the new year. In the meantime we will continue to run the Virtual Vigil as we did during lockdown. The Virtual Vigil shows the powers-that-be that we are still campaigning against their iniquitous behaviour and enables our activists to continue our protest and allows us to support them individually. To participate in the Virtual Vigil, activists who wish to participate virtually should pose in their Vigil / ROHR / Zimbabwe regalia with a relevant poster and take a photo / selfie during normal Vigil hours (Saturdays between 2 and 5 pm). The photos will be labelled with your name and uploaded onto the Vigil website, the Vigil’s Flickr photo page and Facebook. You will also be listed on the Vigil diary as having participated in that day’s virtual Vigil. 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.
  • 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:

  • 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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Zimbabwe a source of concern – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 27th November 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 November 2021 12:59

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The British government says Zimbabwe remains a major source of concern because of human rights violations such as clamping down on protests against the government and the arrest of critics and journalists (see: https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/rest-of-africa/uk-raises-alarm-over-human-rights-violations-in-zimbabwe-3629650).

 

The Foreign Office statement came as the House of Lords discussed what was described as the deteriorating political and socio-economic crisis in Zimbabwe. Members called for intervention by SADC, particularly South Africa.

 

Parliamentarians insisted that, before being able to return to the Commonwealth, Zimbabwe should meet certain conditions, including holding free and fair elections. President Mnangagwa is keen to rejoin the organisation from which Mugabe walked out.

 

A minister of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Ahmad said: ‘Within Zimbabwe, we must see rights restored, the constitution respected and human rights – w hich includes the rights of other political parties to participate fully in the democratic process – guaranteed.’ He added: ‘We regularly urge the Zimbabwean government to live up to their own Constitution by ensuring that the opposition, civil society and journalists are allowed to operate without harassment and that due legal process is respected.’

 

Ahmad also said the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had not had a ‘one-on-one’ meeting with Mnangagwa at the recent Glasgow climate change conference (see: http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2021/11/uk-presses-govt-over-free-and-fair-polls.html and a video of the House of Lords debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ARbI5RdqwA).

 

The US has also dismissed claims that Mnangagwa had discussed the removal of sanctions at a meeting with President Biden at the conference. A US spokesperson said they had only met briefly at a reception.

 

The Zimbabwe Independent also reports that the South African government is very dismissive of Mnangagwa. A recent online discussion organised by the journalist Hopewell Chin’ono heard South African Head of Public Diplomacy Clayson Monyela say that the South African government had no kind words for their Zimbabwean counterparts. ‘Take my word for it, some of the language that is used when there are meetings behind closed doors, you would be shocked.’ (See: https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2021/11/26/mnangagwa-suffers-yet-another-diplomatic-blow/.)

 

The Vigil was pleased to see that medical experts in the UK have been full of praise for their South African counterparts for the speed of their reporting of the new Covid variant, now named the Omicron variant. international flights to South Africa and Zimbabwe and other southern African countries have been halted but one leading British scientist says a new vaccine can quickly be produced to counter the variant (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/1183-how-long-before-a-vaccine-protects-us-against-the-omicron-covid-variant-).

 

Other points

  • NewZimbabwe says that some Zimbabweans in the diaspora express fears for their security and that of their families for calling for the return of constitutionalism and the rule of law. They say that Zimbabwean security agents keep a list of people to be targeted. A Zimbabwean asylum lawyer working in the UK is alleged to be involved in this. On the list  are said to be a number of Vigil activists (see: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/rogue-diasporans-fret-over-safety-on-returning-to-home/).
  • Chinese mining firms have been accused of decimating delicate environments, along with attempts to displaced thousands of villagers from their ancestral lands. The Zimbabwe Independent reports that a petition has been launched calling for Chinese investors to be stopped from mining for chrome in Mutorashanga in Matabeleland West. Local residents fear it will damage the Green Pool scenic resort (see: https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2021/11/26/tempers-flare-as-chinese-threaten-sacred-resort/).
  • Today was a virtual Vigil. For the moment we are meeting outside the Embassy every other week and our next gathering will be on 4th December. On the alternate Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. 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/72157720235716615. Our virtual Vigil activists today were Joyce Mbairatsunga, Charles Mararirakwenda, Richard Munyama and Delice Gavazah who all kindly contributed to Vigil funds.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 4th December 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

 
How long before a vaccine protects us against the Omicron Covid variant? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 November 2021 19:45

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-long-before-a-vaccine-protects-us-against-the-nu-covid-variant-dbnc5lmxm

 

How long before a vaccine protects us against the Omicron Covid variant?

 

This may yet prove the pandemic’s final scare. But if we need to tailor a jab to a new variant it will take 100 days. Here’s how it could happen.

 

Tom Whipple 26/11/2021

 

We will need 100 days. From the moment a decision is taken that a tweaked vaccine is necessary, that is how long Albert Bourla, the chief executive of Pfizer, has said it will take for the first regulatory-approved needle to get into the first waiting arm. And that decision — to tailor a vaccine to a new variant — is now looking more likely than ever. Of all the mutations in the variant discovered in South Africa, it is the ones that threaten immunity that worry government scientists the most. There are many, many unknowns. This could yet prove to be nothing more than the pandemic’s final scare. But if there is a possibility this variant can find a chink in the immune armour built up at such cost, we now have a way to get ahead of it.

 

Making the decision

Virology moves fast these days. On Tuesday morning this week, no one in the world knew about this variant. By Wednesday lunchtime it was being discussed at the highest levels in South Africa. By Thursday afternoon, Britain was shutting down travel and asking for samples. Some things cannot be rushed, though. It takes time to culture a virus, and South African laboratories will need at least a week to make enough to share with foreign partners. Of course, it’s possible that South Africa has already sent some unwittingly, kept incubated in a passenger on a long-haul flight. If so, we might just get some a little sooner. When we do, it will go to the laboratory at Porton Down. Here, it will be tested against blood from vaccinated people. How will the blood respond? How will the antibodies bind? Pfizer worked on a vaccine specific to the Delta variant, then decided it was not necessary — the original vaccine was good enough. But if the immunity evasion of Omicron is as big as some fear, this time the decision might be different.

 

Day 0

The Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford jabs are less a vaccine than a chassis, into which we can slot the engine of our choice. We already know the genetic code of the virus — all we have to do is tweak it out and a laboratory will have made a prototype vaccine. That we can do this is a miracle of technology; it is also only the beginning. The challenge is not making one vaccine but making a billion, and getting it approved. While this is going on, we will be racing against time. If the variant is worrying enough to merit a new vaccine then the corollary is we cannot keep it out for long. While laboratory work is going on, the first cases will inevitably appear in the UK. The purpose of the travel ban is to buy time, in part to boost as fast as we can: reduced immunity is still a lot better than no immunity. But we will still be facing a new wave of infections.

 

Day 33

There is a point in the manufacturing process that is less like a production line, more like animal husbandry. You have to coax cells to respond. Biologists talk about making them “happy” or “comfortable”. For the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in particular, this became fiendishly complex. There were times in the pandemic where one factory had double the output of another apparently identical set-up, simply because the cells were responding better. Pfizer and Moderna are easier. They might get easier still. One of the trickiest parts of making the vaccines involves constructing a DNA “template” from which their crucial RNA is made. This has been largely done using a biological process. During the pandemic Touchlight, a billion-dollar British biotech start-up, built a factory that promises to make synthetic DNA at scale, doing away with the vagaries of biology. It is just one new asset the country has gained. Quietly, Britain has become a vaccine-producing nation. Three years ago, we had almost zero bulk vaccine manufacturing capacity. During the pandemic, that has changed dramatically — vaccines have gone from being part of the globalised capitalist market to a matter of national security. If necessary, we can now make the vaccine here. In Darlington, at the Centre for Process Innovation, we can use the DNA templates to make RNA. In Leek in Staffordshire, we have a factory that can make the little globules of fat in which it is transported. There is now a choice of places where we can fill and finish, putting the two together, all under the aegis and expertise of Pfizer. Its guidance is not all we will need big pharma for. The variant may undermine the vaccines but it does nothing to blunt the effectiveness of antivirals. As, inevitably, a winter wave grows, the two drugs the UK has bought could be critical in keeping people out of hospital.

 

Day 66

Normally, there is a process. You invent a vaccine, you trial the vaccine, then you make the vaccine. In the pandemic, we did all three together. The same will happen with variant vaccines. Even as the fill-finish order is being made, a more ad-hoc production process will be used to get the vaccine into trials. This time, though, we won’t need tens of thousands of people. Nor will we need to wait for enough to be infected to prove the vaccine efficacy. “Using an existing “platform” for a new vaccine would speed the regulatory process dramatically,” Stephen Evans, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said. It means the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will be more confident on safety and on effectiveness — confident enough it can rely on proxy measures of effectiveness. How many T-cells do people make? How many antibodies? It could take four to eight weeks to get the data, says Evans — although in the past the MHRA has asked for two months of data after the second jab. Approval could, just, be squeezed into Bourla’s 100-day timescale.

 

Day 100

In an unassuming surgery, as happened over a year earlier with Margaret Keenan, a Briton is invited to become the first to receive a variant vaccine. Spring is here, and the third year of the pandemic is well under way. But inside their body updated antibodies are forming, against an updated threat. Once again, the nation watches in expectation and hope. This time, though, their audience is less triumphant, a little more cynical and a lot more tired.

 
Heading for dictatorship – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 20th November 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 November 2021 13:17

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Zimbabwe under President Mnangagwa is well on the way to becoming a full-blown dictatorship, according to Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition. It said in a report that the current administration is even worse than the Mugabe regime in governance, rule of law and human rights, among other things.

 

‘In as much as the "Second Republic" or "New Dispensation" came promising wide ranging reforms of the country's politics and governance mode, the evidence at hand point to more talk and less action,’ it observed.

 

In particular, Crisis Coalition noted a high level of systematic and escalating violations of human rights by the security forces, particularly targeting opposition members and civic actors such as journalists, student leaders and trade unionists (see: https://www.263chat.com/not-much-difference-between-first-and-second-republic/).

 

Crisis Coalition said that under Mnangagwa there had been a ‘heavy militarisation’ of businesses through the emergence of opaque security sector-run companies in ventures ranging from diamond and gold mining to farming, tourism and fuel industries.

 

‘At the heart of the Zimbabwe crisis lies a nationalistic military business and political class that has been growing its tentacles to all sectors of society since 2000.’ (See: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/11/zim-morphing-towards-dictatorship/.)

 

Evidence of the government’s determination to override human rights and ensure it wins the 2023 elections came with the gazetting of the Private Voluntary Organisation Amendment Bill which will seriously curtail the activities of civic society organisations.

 

The legal think tank Veritas said the bill contravened the provisions of the declaration of rights in the constitution, was not clearly drafted and encouraged government officials to make unduly repressive interpretations and would stifle democracy and economic development (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/11/outcry-over-anti-ngos-bill/).

 

For its part, the MDC Alliance said the proposed law was unconstitutional, draconian and undemocratic. Party spokesperson Fadzai Mahere said: ‘The PVO Bill confirms that the regime is in panic mode and its solution to the bad governance and legitimacy crisis is to stifle democratic freedoms as we approach 2023.’ (See: https://thestandard.newsday.co.zw/2021/11/14/proposed-law-exposes-mnangagwa-panic/.)

 

Other points

  • The MDC Alliance says party leader Nelson Chamisa’s campaigning in rural areas was again disrupted by Zanu PF, this time in Nkayi, Matabeleland North. Deputy spokesperson Gift Ostallos Siziba said the state ‘unleashed terror’ (see: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/11/nkayi-police-disrupt-chamisa-rally/).
  • The success of Mnangagwa’s recent trip to the UK can perhaps be judged by the dismissive response of the Archbishop of Canterbury to a delegation of clergymen included in Mnangagwa’s entourage. They asked the Archbishop’s help for the  removal of sanctions. He said he would ‘see how we can advocate for the poorest while ensuring that those who steal from the country what is not theirs, be themselves not the beneficiaries (and) don’t benefit from the relief of the sanctions.’ (See: https://www.zimbabwesituation.com/news/sanctions-no-mercy-for-thieves-says-uk-cleric/.)
  • The Vigil was visited today by the Zimbabwean cricketer Francis Ncube who now lives in Bournemouth in Southern England.  He said how cheered he was to see us.
  • 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 4th December 2021. On the alternate Saturdays we will continue with the virtual Vigil. 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: Beverley Mutandiro, Casper Nyamakura, Charles Mararirakwenda, David Makuyana, Delice Gavazah, Jonathan Kariwo, Joyce Mbairatsunga, Margaret Munenge, Patricia Masamba, Philip Maponga, Richard Munyama and Rose Benton. Special thanks to Patricia Masambe for bringing the Vigil paraphernalia through the confusing mass of roadworks in London’s streets. Photos of today’s Vigil can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157720161200459.

 

Events and Notices:

  • The next Vigil. Saturday 4th December 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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