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- may peace, truth and justice prevail.
Have you ever been frustrated and
depressed by the disastrous situation in
Following the recent elections, Zimbabweans are in a state of shock and confusion. Those of us outside the country, who have the ‘luxury’ of freedom of speech, need to act to help those who do not have such freedom.
Reflecting this, a peaceful demonstration is being held on 30th April outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London to protest against the stolen elections and to launch a campaign for Zimbabweans in the UK to work together to take a more active role in helping our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe.
The protest is being co-ordinated by the
Zim Vigil who coordinate a weekly protest against gross violations of human
rights by the current regime in
PLEASE COME AND JOIN US AND ADD YOUR VOICE TO OURS!
We would also be grateful if you could
pass this message on to anyone who lives in or has connections with
Time : From 14.00 to 18.00, 30 April 2005
For suggestions for banners, placards etc,
please visit the Zimbabwean forum on www.thebottomhalf.com under the title
‘The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein
I want agree with you
to an extent. I, however, think that all Zimbabweans, wherever they are should
DO something. It also important to note that Mugabe
did and still does not allow voter education unless it is done by him. He has
all the state machinery to oppress his own people, and he continues to do that.
We should not split the opposition when
we have a common enemy to deal with, we must have a united voice, a united
approach to overcome. We should also not dine with the enemy by accepting some
of what he can give (land, money etc) and many have done this. It is better, in
my opinion, to be poor and go by one’s principles, than compromise one’s
independence and freedom. These people want power for themselves forever. They
think they are the only ones who can best rule the country; they think they are
the only liberators. Many people fought in the war, be it that they supported
the freedom fighters from within the country at great cost to themselves. The
true heroes are those that fought and died at the front, facing the Rhodesian
forces. Some of the so called leaders, if not all of them, are opportunists and
were in hiding or in safe houses in
My point is that the MDC is not a perfect organization, but it is an alternative. The people in the MDC are doing something at least. What we need to do is to enrich the organization by adding value, not by running them down surely! I admit that they have made a number of bad judgments and political moves. We are not saying that we have the next Government in the MDC as currently constituted. There is need of refining the organization, and also coming up with other alternatives if necessary.
Before a free and fair, internationally supervised election, there will be a need to come up with a truly people’s constitution. I do not believe that the current constitution is usable.
Back to the MDC and its operations, I feel we should rightfully give credit. None of us has been man enough to stand up and be counted when it mattered. At best we are armchair political critics, and worse still, critics of the alternative, with us offering nothing. I accept that criticism is good provided it is constructive.
The MDC should not be
going into parliament. This is driven mainly by self-centeredness, and personal
gain. Instead, it should be lobbying with the African countries, with the AU,
they (we) should take the Zimbabwean fiasco to the UN. Why are we not doing
that? We may not get much from the body as it is pretty much useless, but at
least we will be bringing about awareness. We should ask for political and other
help from the west. Yes from the
Mbeki has his motives
and can never help our situation. He is benefiting from the whole fiasco in
We come together intellectually, we become a strong force, we become unstoppable, and we control our destiny.
Subject: RE: Stolen
Austin has a point when he says MDC have failed, where were they when Zanupf was cheating, was there a clear and well defined election strategy, less than 50% of the registered voters bothered to cast their vote, what message were the silent majority sending, what role if any did both parties play in the voter education process ( in their post mortem on the elections MDc are recommending civic groups playing the critical role of voter education, where have they been the last 5 years!!!! On the other hand Zanupf knows very well about voter apathy in Zim and that has always been their trump card in all post 1980 elections, how do you celebrate an electoral victory based on less than 50% turn out?????) 800,000 people were turned away from voting not because of some fraudulent efforts but because they had seriously not bothered to register after being told that their party was not going to contest the elections, surely we know the voter registration process by now? I have heard arguments that we will wait for the next election in 5 years time!!! What about the wasted opportunity we have just thrown away? To show that we do not have a clue of where we have come form and where we are going we are saying MDC’s loss was entirely due to cheating!!! When are we going to have ownership of our mistakes, see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, bury heads in the sand and cry for Mbeki to intervene?????? Enough chat, bp yakwira izvozvi.
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