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60 percent of Harare residents drink 'unsafe' water

08/04/2012 00:00:00
    by Staff Reporter

SIXTY percent of Harare residents have no access to safe drinking water,
according to mayor Muchadeyi Masunda.

In a report detailing the water situation in the capital, Masunda also added
that raw sewerage is sometimes offloaded into Harare’s water sources due to
crumbling infrastructure.

“Only 40 percent of Harare residents have access to safe drinking water
every day,” Masunda said in the report published last week.

“Only 30 percent have access to safe water for between three and five days
per week. 20 percent have access to between one and two days per week; 10
percent rely on boreholes and unprotected wells; 40 percent of the
population lacks adequate sanitation,” said Masunda.

He added that the failure of the sanitation system in Zimbabwe had resulted
in the recording of nearly 100,000 cases of cholera in 2008 and 2009. The
mayor added that as of February 16 this year, 2,800 cases of typhoid had
been reported in Harare, with two fatalities.
Diarrheal diseases were also said to be prevalent in Harare’s high density

The mayor said US$15 million is required to rehabilitate the Prince Edward
Water treatment plant; US$17 million for Motton Jaffray plant; US$15 million
for the development and installation of a land information management system
and a further US$20 million to upgrade and capacitate the sewerage treatment

“In the medium term, US$95 million is required for water works, besides the
implementation of the US$539 million Kunzvi Dam project and the US$100
million Nyatsime dam project,” he added.

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Mukoko Commends GVT on Moves To Ratify Torture Convention

Harare, April 8, 2012 – Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) director Jestina Mukoko
has commended government for finally swallowing its pride and initiating
steps to ratify the United Nations (UN) convention against torture.

Mukoko was responding to statements by Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa
who told parliament this past week he has since recommended to cabinet that
the country ratifies the human rights based treaty.

Chinamasa went further to say the country will soon specify torture as a
separate crime on its own that would see offenders being charged and
possibly incarcerated.

“As civil society, it’s something that we have been lobbying for over a long
time and when he begins to speak about it, it means that the message has
been heard,” Mukoko said in an interview with Radio VOP.

Mukoko, herself a victim of severe torture in the hands of state agents in
2008, was quick to add that the government should show enough spirit it will
not relegate the noble move to just a mere signature.

The ZPP boss said government should go on to guarantee the full respect of
the rights of prisoners especially political prisoners who have borne the
brunt of worst forms of torture in the hands of the Mugabe regime.

“It remains a totally different whether if eventually ratified, issues
around torture would be handled in a different way,” Mukoko said.

"As a country, we have very good policies. Where we have a big problem is in
their implementation. It will remain with us as ZPP and as civil society to
lobby more so that those who are supposed to implement this would ensure
that citizens in the country are treated with dignity and respect.”

The convention was adopted and opened for signatures, ratification and
accession by the UN General Assembly Resolution 39/46 of December 10 ,1984.

It came into force in June 1987.

Since then, Zimbabwe has been dilly dallying on issues of its domestication.

The country has a poor human rights record where pro-Mugabe security
officials are always being accused of torturing prisoners in a bid to
extract information from them.

Mugabe’s government has played it difficult on matters of combating torture
within its security systems having 2009 abruptly deported UN special
rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak who had entered the country at the
invitation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

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Zimbabwe Violence Rose in February, Peace Monitoring Group Says

By Brian Latham - Apr 8, 2012 9:01 PM GMT+1000

Politically motivated violence directed mainly at Zimbabwe’s Movement for
Democratic Change party rose in February, the Zimbabwe Peace Project said in
an e- mailed statement today.

About 800 cases of violence were recorded by the group, which monitors human
rights in the southern African nation. The ZPP didn’t say how many cases of
violence were recorded in January.

“The increase can be directly related to rising political tension as a
result of the move to push for elections this year,” the ZPP said.

President Robert Mugabe, who leads the Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front party, has repeatedly called for elections this year
to end a power sharing agreement with the MDC in place since 2009.

Calls to Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo weren’t answered when Bloomberg News
sought comment today.

MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said in a telephone interview from Harare
that his party had received increased complaints of violence against MDC
supporters, as well as the withholding of emergency food rations.

“Reports of violence continue, as well as the withholding of food in
drought-stricken areas, and that’s a form of violence in itself,” Mwonzora
said today.

Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the MDC, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have
shared power since 2009, when the Southern African Development Community
said elections in 2008 didn’t meet regional standards of fairness.
Presidential and parliamentary elections in March 2008 led to the murder of
about 200 MDC supporters, the party says.

Under the SADC-brokered agreement now in place, Zimbabwe can’t hold
elections until a new constitution has been approved by a national

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Mugabe mourns 'great son of Africa' Mutharika

08/04/2012 00:00:00
    by Staff Reporter

THE late Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika was a “great son” of Africa,
President Robert Mugabe said on Saturday, hours after his death was
confirmed following two days of denial or silence.

Mugabe said Mutharika, who died of a heart attack after collapsing on
Thursday, had “dedicated his professional and political career to the cause
of Africa, all the time searching for innovative ways and strategies for
improving the condition of its deprived and marginalised peoples.”

“It is telling that the late departed who was also the outgoing chairman of
the African Union, was due to host the continental body later this year in
July, in spite of Malawi’s economic challenges. Africa will miss its great
son,” Mugabe said in a statement.

Mutharika visited Zimbabwe on February 2 this year, and Mugabe said the two
men “explored ways of defending our economies and countries against illegal
sanctions imposed on us by the West.”
Malawi's government on Saturday confirmed the president's death at the age
of 78.

Vice President Joyce Banda was immediately sworn-in as the new President in
line with the country's constitution.

Malawian officials said wa Mutharika suffered a heart attack at State House
at 11:15 am Thursday, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a military
hospital in South Africa the same day.
South African President Jacob Zuma urged Malawian people to “remain calm”.

"We are confident that Malawi's democratic institutions will ensure a
peaceful and orderly transition," Zuma said in a statement.

"As the government and the people of South Africa, we reach out in our
thoughts and prayers to the people of Malawi during this difficult time of
mourning the death of President Mutharika."

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance said Mutharika would be
remembered for bringing development to his country.

"The president will be remembered for his guiding role in bringing economic
growth and development to Malawi, for his leadership in the African Union,
and for his commitment to a prosperous future for Africa," DA leader Helen
Zille's chief of staff Geordin Hill-Lewis said in a statement.

"His ethos and vision for the continent are best summed up in his own call
for ‘Africa to develop Africa’.”

Banda, 62, becomes the first female president in the SADC region.

The brief swearing-in ceremony in Lilongwe, the capital, ended more than a
day of uncertainty which led to speculation politicians were squabbling over

Banda had held on to her post of vice president despite falling out with

She will have to contend with powerful enemies at home as she tries to lead
her country out of economic crisis and repair relations with international
donors with whom Mutharika had clashed.

Under the constitution, Ms Banda will serve out Mutharika's term, which ends
in early 2014. Mutharika first won office in 2004 and was re-elected in

The late president's party named his brother as its president on Friday.

Banda takes over a country in which shortages of sugar, fuel and other
commodities have created long, restive lines at shops and service stations.

Mutharika, a former World Bank official once heralded for his economic
stewardship, had in recent years been accused of mismanagement and of
trampling on human rights. Anti-government demonstrations across Malawi last
year were met with an unprecedented security crackdown that resulted in at
least 19 deaths.

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President Mugabe's office congratulates Mrs Banda

By Staff Reporter 49 minutes ago

Robert Mugabe affirmed his commitment to working with the Malawi government
Robert Mugabe affirmed his commitment to working with the Malawi government

THE office of the ailing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sent a
congratulatory message to the people of Malawi on the appointment of Mrs
Joyce Hilda Mpila Banda as the country’s new President following the death
of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

“On behalf of the government and the people of Zimbabwe, allow me to extend
to you, [Mrs Banda]….the government and people of Malawi, our heartfelt
congratulations on your appointment as the President of the Republic of
Malawi,” said the President in a statement.

He also appreciated the strong bilateral ties that exist between the two
countries, adding that bilateral exchanges and trade between the countries
have been growing in the past few years.

Mugabe who is believed to be in intensive care in Singapore had the
statement issued by his office affirming his commitment to working with the
Malawi government towards enhancing economic ties.

Mrs Banda was sworn on Saturday as President, replacing the late Wa

Mrs Banda, who has been Vice President since 2009, becomes Southern Africa's
first female head of state after taking the oath before Parliament in the
Malawian Capital, Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Professor Richard Phoya has paid
tribute to Malawians for remaining calm and united, honouring the
constitution at a time when every Malawian both at home and outside is still
trying to come to terms with the death of President Wa Mutharika.

In an interview at his Mandara residence in Harare, Ambassador Phoya said
President Wa Mutharika’s body is still in South Africa, while his government
is finalising the burial itinerary.

Professor Phoya commended Malawians for remaining calm and accepting the
swearing in of Ms Banda as the new head of state as stipulated in the
country’s constitution.

He said speculation was already mounting that Malawi could face a succession
crisis since Mrs Banda had been fired from the ruling Democratic Progressive
Party (DPP) and had formed the People’s Party.

Ambassador Phoya said a book of condolences will be opened from Tuesday the
10th to Friday the 13th at the Malawian Embassy at number 9/11 Duthie Road,
Alexandra Park, Harare.

The late Wa Mutharika, who suffered a heart attack on Thursday, was elected
President of Malawi in 2004 and won a second term in 2009.

After collapsing on Thursday morning, President Wa Mutharika was rushed to
Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe before being airlifted to South Africa,
where he was pronounced dead.

Malawi has since declared 10 days of mourning.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

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Mugabe absence paralyses government

06/04/2012 00:00:00
    by Newsday

THE absence of President Robert Mugabe, who flew to Singapore last week for
a private visit, has paralysed state operations as crucial meetings were
shelved amid widening fissures in the dysfunctional inclusive government.

A Zanu PF special politburo meeting expected to chart the way forward on the
constitution-making process failed to take place on Wednesday, heightening
anxiety on whether the former ruling party will remain in it or pull out.

With Zanu PF increasingly getting impatient with the slow pace at which the
new governance charter is progressing, expectations were that the meeting
would enable the party to take a position.

The party has in recent weeks indicated they have lost faith in the three
constitution drafters and threatened to withdraw from the process.

Mugabes spokesperson George Charamba confirmed the veteran leader is yet to
return, but did not say when. None other than Mugabe can chair the
Politburo, the partys supreme decision-making body outside congress.

He is not yet in the country. When he arrives, we will let you know. We dont
divulge the Presidents travelling arrangements for security reasons,
Charamba said.

The principals meeting between Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara slated for early in the week also
failed to take place and Cabinet similary failed to convene on Tuesday.

As a result, Tsvangirai attempted to convene a Council of Ministers meeting
on a day traditionally meant for Cabinet and was snubbed by the Zanu PF
component in government.

Cracks in government also widened after Indigenisation minister Saviour
Kasukuwere issued a statement claiming the State had effectively taken over
all foreign mining firms that have not complied with the indigenisation law
to dispose 51% shareholding to locals.

But, Tsvangirai said: “That issue has not been discussed and agreed upon by
government. The Prime Minister wishes to inform the public in general and
mining firms in particular that the inclusive government has not sanctioned
the minister’s actions that are a threat to investment in the industry.

“The minister’s statement poses a real risk of creating anarchy in the
industry and the PM will take corrective measures within the proper fora and
channels of Government,” he said.

“The Prime Minister would like to inform mining entities that, should anyone
or any institution be it private or public, attempt to enforce minister
Kasukuwere’s pronouncements, they would be doing so unlawfully and without
the mandate of the Inclusive Government.”

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Zim Owes AfDB US$510m, Says Minister Biti

Harare, April 8, 2012 - The cash-strapped Government of Zimbabwe owes the
African Development Bank (AfDB) US$510 million, the Minister of Finance,
Tendai Bit, has confirmed.

The AfDB's Fragile States Facility (FSF) window is the Bank's central
vehicle for arrears clearance and re-engagement, Biti said in Harare.

He said: "As is the case with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the
AfDB’s precondition for eligibility in accessing financing under this FSF
window is dependent upon fulfilment of several conditions including respect
for the preferred creditor status of the AfDB," Biti said in Harare.

He said given Zimbabwe's existing economic environment and in particular,
the unsustainable balance of payments position, it would be necessary for
the government to approach development partners for help to pay off half of
the arrears to the AfDB.

Biti recently said the government owes the World Bank US$807 million.

Zimbabwe qualifies for arrears clearance support from the AfDB Group under
ADF-12 Replenishment (2011-2013)," Biti said in Harare.

"Under ADF-12, US$528 million has been set aside for arrears clearance for
eligible countries, which include Zimbabwe," he said.

The payment deadline is September 2012.

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Financial constraints stall progress towards MDGs

By Own Correspondent
Sunday, 08 April 2012 13:49

WITH an estimated 300 000 children dropping out of schools due to financial
constraints last year alone, the minister of Education, Sports, Art and
Culture David Coltart says it will be difficult for Zimbabwe to meet the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Coltart told the Weekend Post that it will be more difficult for the country
to meet MDG number two which seeks to ensure that by 2015, all Zimbabwean
boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full programme of primary

Coltart said that while the situation at schools countrywide remains fragile
due to underfunding, resettlement areas presented the country with the
biggest headache.

“In most parts of the country both rural and urban areas children are not
attending school,” Coltart said.

“School dropout ratio is still very high. Last year we estimated that at
least 300 000 children not covered by the Basic Education Assistance Module
(Beam) could not attend school because they had no school fees.”

Beam, which was established to cushion orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
by the government of national unity (GNU) has failed to reach thousands of
children and the situation is worse at satellite schools which are not
legally recognised by the government.

“The problem is particularly acute in satellite schools because the
government did not plan for these schools. They were established in response
to the land reform programme,” said Coltart.

He added: “There are no buildings at the schools, there are no teachers, in
fact there is no infrastructure at all. At present, government simply does
not have the resources so it will be difficult to meet the MDGs.”

Recently the Parliamentary thematic committee on Millennium Development
Goals presented its findings after visits to satellite schools and noted
that, “if no austerity measures are taken to address challenges in the
education sector, particularly in resettled areas, realisation of targets
for MDG Two by 2015 remain an illusion for Zimbabwe.”

“For the past 10 years (since the land reform programme) children in farming
communities have been condemned to such a harsh learning environment and
until something miraculous or dramatic happens, a dark cloud is cast over
their future prospects.”

While President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party laud the land reform
programme as a success story, the situation that was painted by the thematic
committee was grim.

According to the committee schools are held under trees, or in stripped and
ramshackle barns, while in some cases children learn seated on logs, bricks
or on the floor.

There are 701 satellite schools in the country against 4 989 established

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Khami prison has no doors: report

08/04/2012 00:00:00
    by Staff Reporter

KHAMI Prison is using "plastics and cardboard box material" as doors and
handcuffs as locks, a shock report by MPs has revealed.

The report, compiled by the Senate Thematic Committee on Human Rights, says
cells at one of the country’s largest detention facilities are frequently
flooded during the rainy season because of dilapidated roofing.
Prisoners also sleep on the floor because there are no beds or mattresses.

Khami Prison Complex on the outskirts of Bulawayo consists of four
penitentiaries: Maximum, Medium, Remand and the women’s prison, Mlondolozi.
It holds over 2,000 of the country’s estimated 15,000 inmates.

In their report published this week, the Senators said: “The Committee heard
that the Zimbabwe Prison Services was failing to maintain the prison complex
particularly the infrastructure.

“For example, there were no locks on some doors, some wooden doors had been
attacked by termites and were beyond repair. Plastic and cardboard box
materials were put as doors.

“The ablution facilities for Khami Remand were not functional and said to be
beyond repair. The situation was worsened by lack of adequate water to flush
the system. All this was blamed on the unavailability of funds.

“Window panes were broken and needed to be repaired. Some roof sheets were
blown away by winds resulting in rain leaking into the cells.

“The Committee also heard that prisoners lie on the floor because Zimbabwe
Prison Services was unable to provide beds or mattresses.

“Within the prison, there are non-functional cells as locks were tempered
with by prisoners who wanted to escape sometime in March 2011. The Officer
in Charge told the Committee that A Hall had 14 while B Hall had 34
non-functional cells.

“The Committee also heard that Khami Remand was not allocated funds to
purchase padlocks and to replace the wooden doors that were damaged by
termites. The Officials felt this was too risky considering that there were
fifteen prisoners on life sentences at Khami Remand.”
The report said inmates are entitled to three blankets each, but had two.

The senators said Khami Maximum hospital lacked important machinery like
X-ray machines, a CD4 count machine and furniture. The prison has to
outsource when a prisoner needs such services which is costly and
compromises security.

Khami has an education department that teaches Grade1 up to A’ Level and
there are professional teachers and some inmates who were teachers before
incarceration who assist. But the lawmakers found there was no crèche for
children accompanying female inmates.
“Prisoners informed the committee that they were being served supper at 2PM
and by 7PM they would be hungry,” the report added.

“On homosexuality, the Committee heard that the prison had measures to
control any incidences of homosexuality. The Officer in Charge informed the
Committee that offenders are prosecuted.”

Khami Medium sits on 2,777 hectares of farmland and has a herd of 430 dairy
and range cattle. The prison’s garden supplies vegetables to prisons in the
whole Matabeleland region, but money generated from farming was said to be
insufficient to purchase farm implements and stock feed for cattle

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Zimbabwe happy with Amplats ownership plan: Minister

By Nelson Banya

HARARE | Sun Apr 8, 2012 10:26am BST

(Reuters) - Zimbabwe is happy with a plan proposed by Anglo American
Platinum (AMSJ.J), the world's top producer of the precious metal, to sell a
51 percent shareholding in its Unki project to locals in terms of the
country's empowerment law, a minister said on Sunday.

President Robert Mugabe is championing the law, which requires all foreign
firms, including mines and banks, to sell majority stakes to Zimbabweans.

Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, a Mugabe ally, wrote in the
state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper that Amplats had submitted its
proposals, detailing how it sought to comply with the law.

"As implementers, the latest plan by Anglo Platinum Unki, is reflective of
the positive co-operation we are now enjoying," Kasukuwere wrote. "We are
happy with the 51 percent plan presented by July Ndlovu, the Unki chairman."

On Thursday, Kasukuwere increased pressure on miners when he issued a
statement declaring that the state now owned 51 percent of firms that had
not complied with the local ownership laws.

His statement was, however, quickly contradicted by Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai, Mugabe's partner in a shaky coalition, who said the minister had
no power to expropriate mines.

The empowerment crusade is widely seen as a tactic by Mugabe's ZANU-PF party
to raise cash for elections that may come this year.

In his letter, Kasukuwere, a senior ZANU-PF official, also sought to
highlight his party's difference with Tsvangirai's MDC over the empowerment

Johannesburg-listed Impala Platinum (IMPJ.J), the world's second-biggest
platinum producer, bowed to pressure last month to surrender half its
Zimplats (ZIM.AX) unit, although details of the transfer have not yet been
worked out.

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Wrong despot – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 7th April 2012

Zimbabweans in the diaspora were disappointed to hear of the death of Malawi’s President Mutharika. Everyone had heard of the prophecy of TB Joshua that an aging leader in Southern Africa was to pass on and people were building up their hopes – heightened when Mugabe suddenly shot off to see his doctor in Singapore again.


Another disappointment for us at the Vigil was the MDC’s Minister of Information Technology Nelson Chamisa who apparently spoke at a recent function of Mugabe’s ‘visionary’ leadership. The Herald quotes him as saying ‘The President has provided leadership from the cockpit and we are prepared to be the passengers . . .’  He went on to say that Mugabe’s ‘wisdom’ makes sure the plane does not crash.


Chamisa was presenting a new Apple Ipad to Mugabe at the launch of a national e-learning programme at Chogugudza Primary School in Goromonzi. He said: ‘When Moses descended from Mount Sinai, he had with him two tablets that had the 10 Commandments, however, today, your Excellency, we will provide you with one tablet . . . This tablet will ensure that you are wiser than all the kings we have known.’ (See: MuckRaker: Chamisa outdoes Mugabe’s apologists –


We at the Vigil had hoped to see some denial of this abject fawning from Chamisa – especially since he was singing a different tune when he visited the UK recently as part of an MDC delegation which urged the British government not to send home failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Their appeal was made despite claiming that most would like to go home and not have to do ‘cleaning’ work in Britain. We think that if the MDC had more respect for cleaners Zimbabwe wouldn’t be in such a mess.


The death of Mutharika should make Zimbabweans reflect on what is going to happen when Mugabe goes: no accepted successor and the likelihood of fierce infighting. It was sad to note that Mutharika’s body was immediately dispatched to South Africa because he had run down the economy to such an extent that the hospital had no refrigerator to preserve it long enough for an autopsy (see: Malawi's President Mutharika dead –


Other points

·        We have heard from Downing Street that we can present our petition at 4.15 pm on Saturday 21st April. The petition calls for UN peacekeepers to be sent to Zimbabwe for the elections. For more information about the petition check the interview with Dennis Benton of the Vigil on SW Radio Africa’s Diaspora Diaries:

·        The Chairman of our sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe, Ephraim Tapa, spoke at the Vigil about the attempts to undermine the organization. He said the Police had dropped the investigation into allegations of fraud against him after concluding they were without foundation. Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton said that ROHR was founded by the Vigil and people shouldn’t allow themselves to be misled by those pursuing their own interests.

·        Vigil supporters were saddened by the news that Father Bernard Elliott of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has died. He often visited us at the Vigil (latterly with the help of his zimmer frame) and we were always happy to see him. David Rhys Jones of JRS said There cannot be a detention centre or prison housing refugees that he had not attended with diligence, warmth, charm and patience for refugees (and not a little impatience for ‘the system’).” There will be a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW19 4LU at 12.30 pm, Tuesday 17th April. 

·        Sister Beverley led prayers for David Moyo who has been served with a third deportation order.  His mother and aunt were with us at the Vigil.

·        Our Swazi friends joined us after a passionate Vigil outside the Swaziland High Commission. They said there is to be a mass demonstration on 12/13 April in Mbabane against the excesses of King Mswati III. They feared there would be violence given the intolerance of the regime. The Vigil noted an article in the UK’s Sun newspaper that King Mswati has demanded a cow from every family as a 44th birthday present. Since the average daily income in Swaziland is only around $2 this is a ludicrous demand. The Swazi Vigil gives warning to Mr Mswati III that they will be waiting for him when he comes to London to pollute the Queen’s birthday celebrations in June.


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·        ROHR North East general meeting. Saturday 14th April from 3 - 6 pm. Venue: Windmill Centre, Chester Place, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 1QB. For directions please contact Susan Ndlovu 07767024586, Tapiwa Merrymore Semwayo 07722060246 or Colin Matongo 07865691347.

·        Zimbabwe@32: Reflections: Wednesday 18th April from 2.30 – 5 pm As part of the new Zimbabwe Unwound Project you are invited to Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG for an open discussion on what independence means to you. RSVP: as space is limited.

·        Fourth 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protest organized by the MDC diaspora. Saturday 21st April. We meet at the Vigil at 2 pm and move to the South African High Commission at 3 pm. On this day the Vigil will also mark Zimbabwe’s 32nd Independence anniversary by presenting our petition asking the UN to monitor the next Zimbabwean elections to 10 Downing Street at 4.15 pm.

·        Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 21st April from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.  Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria.

·        Canadian Perspectives on Current Events in Zimbabwe. Tuesday 2nd May from 9 – 10 am. Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE.   Speaker: Lisa Stadelbauer, Ambassador-Designate of Canada to Zimbabwe. Ambassador Stadelbauer will offer her personal view of the current situation and prospects for Zimbabwe. To apply email

·        Zimbabwe Action Forum. Saturday 5th May from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. Directions: The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent.  Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

·        Two Gentlemen of Verona Shona Production at the Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT. Dates / Times: Wednesday 9 May, 2.30pm. Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 - £35 (700 £5 tickets available) from 020 7401 9919 and A two-man Zimbabwean riot of love, friendship and betrayal. From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, two great friends, Valentine and Proteus, vie for the love of the same woman. In a triumphantly energetic ‘township’ style, Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu slip into all of the play’s fifteen characters – from amorous suitors to sullen daughters, depressed servants and even a dog – in this new, specially commissioned translation.

·        Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2011 can be viewed on this link:  Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2011 Highlights page.

·        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 Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents the views and opinions of ROHR.

·        ZBN News. The Vigil management team wishes to make it clear that the Zimbabwe Vigil is not responsible for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News (ZBN News). We are happy that they attend our activities and provide television coverage but we have no control over them. All enquiries about ZBN News should be addressed to ZBN News.

·        The Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) has launched its theme song ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’ to raise awareness through music. To download this single, visit: and to watch the video check: To watch other Zim Vigil band protest songs, check: and

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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.

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