ZimVigil Media Notice – 21st November 2013
Zimbabweans driven into exile have complained that an Israeli company, Nikuv, helped rig the July elections which returned Mugabe to power.
The Zimbabwe Vigil in the UK says there is convincing evidence that Nikuv manipulated the voters’ roll in the elections on hire from Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.
The Vigil, which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London for the past 11 years in support of human rights, warns that Nikuv’s involvement will be counterproductive for Israel because the Mugabe regime has already indicated that it is prepared to sell uranium to Iran. The Vigil has written the following letter to the Israeli government.
Open letter to the Prime Minister and people of Israel
The people of Zimbabwe have been struggling for the last 33 years to unseat a corrupt and brutal post-independence regime – a regime that has crashed their hopes and dreams of freedom, liberty and the human dignity the nation had gone to war for and paid dearly for with the loss of many lives.
Since Independence Mugabe and his Zanu PF party have ruled the country with an iron fist, corrupting the country’s democratic institutions and denying the people their basic freedoms and rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country and the right to life itself. Thousands of innocent Zimbabweans have been murdered by Mugabe and his followers to establish the country’s de facto one-party dictatorship.
This year, 2013, the nation had its best chance ever to end Mugabe’s reign of terror peacefully through free, fair and credible elections. It is most disheartening that Mugabe was once again able to rig the elections. Worse still, it is hard to believe that an Israeli company, Nikuv, was the tyrant’s chief architect of this vote rigging.
What have the people of Zimbabwe ever done to Israel that an Israeli company should seek to foil their hopes and dreams of justice, peace and life itself in such a heartless way?
Nikuv worked with the Mugabe regime in 2002 and is reportedly being hired by other countries in the region such as Malawi.
We believe the Israeli government and people owe it to the people of Zimbabwe to force Nikuv to reveal the role it played in helping Mugabe rig the elections.
It is not just in the interest of natural justice that the truth should be known about how the Zimbabwe elections were rigged but also in Israel’s national interest. It is no secret that Iran has been trying to buy Zimbabwe’s uranium for its nuclear programme. A tyrant like Mugabe or his successor will not hesitate to do such a deal with a repressive regime like Iran.
We therefore call upon the Prime Minister of Israel and the people of Israel to stop Nikuv exporting chaos and mayhem to Zimbabwe and our region and to assist us in establishing the full truth of Nikuv’s involvement in Zimbabwe’s 2013 rigged elections.
We attach part of a report by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) detailing the rigging of Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections including the role paid by Nikuv. The MDC says in its report that Nikuv was run and operated by the Israeli spy agency Mossad.
Zimbabwe Vigil Co-ordinators
The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe. http://www.zimvigil.co.uk