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Zimbabwe PM accuses outsiders in party
By CHENGETAI ZVAUYA (AP) - 2 hours ago
HARARE, Zimbabwe -
Zimbabwe's prime minister said Sunday outsiders were stirring up trouble in
his party at a delicate time in the country's politics.
Tsvangirai, speaking at a news conference after a two-day party meeting, was
asked about clashes that broke out last month within his Movement for
He said some people have been expelled from the party
because of the violence, and efforts will be stepped up to educate members
about resolving differences peacefully.
Tsvangirai rejected charges
that the trouble stemmed from a rivalry between him and Finance Minister
Tendai Biti, a popular party leader.
"We are united as one front,"
Tsvangirai said, blaming the clashes on younger members influenced by
"There's a lot of infiltration," Tsvangirai said without
elaborating. He has in the past made such allegations against President
Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party.
Factional violence accompanied the
formation of a breakaway Movement for Democratic Change party in 2006. That
split weakened opposition to Mugabe during a senate
Tsvangirai said he has received reports from the countryside of
ZANU-PF members intimidating and attacking Movement for Democratic Change
The trouble comes as efforts have stalled to rewrite Zimbabwe's
constitution. Just over a year ago, Tsvangirai joined Mugabe in a unity
government under a deal calling for elections next year under a new
Tsvangirai repeated calls on Zimbabwe's neighbors,
particularly regional power broker South Africa, to help the Movement for
Democratic Change and ZANU-PF overcome their differences.
indication of tensions between the governing partners, Mugabe's party has
resisted accepting Movement for Democratic Change member Roy Bennett into
the Cabinet after Bennett's acquittal on terrorism charges.
Tsvangirai's nominee for deputy agriculture minister, was arrested last year
on the day Cabinet ministers were sworn in.
Earlier this month, a judge
cleared Bennett of all charges, saying the prosecution had failed to prove
its case and throwing out the most important evidence, a confession from an
arms dealer that the dealer said he was tortured into
Tsvangirai maintained the charges were baseless and aimed at
undermining the coalition. Tsvangirai said he still wanted Bennett as deputy
Tsvangirai urges SADC summit to end govt stalemate
(AFP) - 5 hours
HARARE - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday called
for an immediate Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit to
resolve major disagreements stalling a power-sharing government with his
long-time rival President Robert Mugabe.
"The party urges the
immediate convening of a SADC summit to resolve the matter which SADC summit
should clearly discuss the road map to an election and gurantees to the
legitimacy of this election," Tsvangirai told a news conference after an
executive meeting of his Movement for Democratic Change.
that the "parties and principals of the parties must take measures to
implement and execute the agreed position."
Since the setting up of the
power sharing agreement last year, Mugabe and Tsvangirai have failed to
resolve issues which include the swearing in of Roy Bennett and the
appointment of central bank governor and attorney general.
also reiterated that his party will not change its position on forwarding
Bennett's name as their appointee for the post of the deputy minister of
"On a matter of principle ZANU-PF, President Mugabe have no
right to appoint anyone in cabinet other than ourselves, because they don't
have that veto power.
"Secondly ZANU-PF cannot make a position that
Bennett cannot (be sworn in). It's not a state position," Tsvangirai said.
Debt action ... Finance ministry offices in central
by Gilbert Nyambabvu
Debt crisis? ... Reserve
Bank of Zimbabwe
ZIMBABWE'S external and domestic debt has surged to US$5.8 billion, figures
released by the country's central bank last Wednesday indicated.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) said the country's financial obligations
had increased to US$5.84 billion from US$5.7 billion between January and March
Of the total debt, US$5.3 billion comprises external obligations while
domestic liabilities amount to US$513 million.
Analysts say the country does not have the capacity of repay its external
debt with at least US$3.6 billion of the amount owed being arrears.
"The huge debt is increasing Zimbabwe's credit risk profile while undermining
investment and growth," analysts at Kingdom Financial Holdings said in their
Western donors continue to withhold support for the country citing concerns
about political stability in addition to demands that the country clear its
arrears before fresh funds can be made available.
The coalition government is also divided over how to deal with the
country's huge debt.
Finance minister Tendai Biti suggested the country joins the Heavily Indebted
Poor Countries Initiative (HIPCI) but the proposal faced stiff resistance from
sections of the unity administration.
Meanwhile activity on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) was characterised by
mixed trading with the benchmark industrial index gaining 3.63 percent by the
close of business on Friday.
Delta Corporation - the second biggest counter on the market - attracted
investors' attention after publishing an impressive set of financials which
showed volumes increasing 99.7 percent.
The week's top five performers were led by Medtech which put on 66.7 percent
followed by Pioneer, 50 percent and FBCH which gained 33.3 percent.
Losses were however, recorded in Steelnet, Gulliver, Pelhams and Caps.
Shares worth US$9.23 million changes hands compared to US$6.28 million the
Kingdom said they expect the market to continue trading sideways in the
short-term as the liquidity situation remains tight.
A Chinese company, rumored to be owned by the Chinese military, has
received rights to mine diamonds in Zimbabwe's Marange area, reports The
Daily News ZW. The company, named Anjin, reportedly moved to Chiadza two
months ago and is currently beginning preparatory work there. Makeshift
houses for workers and office structures have been seen in the Chiadzwa
According to The Daily News ZW, a delegation of nearly 100 Chinese
nationals were seen in a government complex in the eastern border city of
Mutare to meet with Chris Mushowe, the Manicaland Governor and Resident
If reports are accurate, Anjin is only the third company to
have been awarded mining rights for the Marange diamond area. Mbada Diamonds
and Canadile Miners currently have operations there. ACR is entangled in a
legal dispute with the government over rights to the Chiadzwa
Written by ALBERT MAKOCHEKANWA Thursday, 13 May
It is common knowledge that Zimbabwe as a nation has been in a
state of complete meltdown in all its economic, social, political and legal
facets of its systems from 2000 until now. During this period, the
economy’s supply-side capacity, especially in providing sufficient basic
needs, has become non-existent to such an extent that the country could not
provide the five basic needs of food, clothing, water, housing and
electricity, and health. A glance at the gross domestic product (GDP) per
capita which is a rough estimate of the social and economic wellbeing of
citizens in any country shows that the figure has declined from US$755 at
independence in 1980 to the lowest figure of US$265 by end of 2008. Against
this background, when the government of national unity (GNU) was formed on
February 13, 2009, the government’s begging bowl for US$8.3 billion has been
held out to both southern African countries and the world over. With all
the intensions to revive the economic system, no mention was made of
engaging and using the country’s own resources. The country is currently
stocked with enough resources which can quickly generate more than US$8.5
billion, even in less than a year. The only issue is the lack of political
will to manage the country’s valuable resources for the benefit of the
country. Currently there are two figures circulating pertaining the
potential financial revenue which can be grossed by the state after diamond
sales. The RBZ estimates that Chiadzwa diamonds ‘should provide over US$1
billion per month in revenue’, while another source laments ‘that lack of
proper institutional, orderly and legal framework for diamond miners has
resulted in the country loosing at least US$1,2 billion per
month’. Although some analysts consider these monthly diamond revenue sales
from Chiadzwa diamonds as conservative, simple projections indicate that,
once diamond revenue sales are harnessed by the government for the benefit
of the whole economy, the country’s GDP could jump from the 2008 level of
US$3.2 billion to at least US$16.7 billion. The GDP per capita could shift
from the lowest value of US$265 in 2008 to above US$1,423. These figures
from diamond sales alone would be greater than any previous GDP or per
capita figures for Zimbabwe even during the good years of the 1980s and
1990s. Beside generating the money needed to kick-start the economy, this
option (Chiadzwa diamonds) will also have the following advantages, among
others: 1) The country will not incur or accumulate any debt. 2) There
will be no strings attached, that is, there will be no conditions (as is the
case with donor funds). 3) The country will be free to use the revenues
according to its prioritized projects. 4) The country will not be a
nation to be laughed at by other countries. With the above snapshot on the
potential of Chiadzwa diamonds, the questions that need to be asked are: Why
is there no political will from our national leaders to harness this
valuable resource for the benefit of the majority? How long does it take for
us to properly manage our own resources for our betterment? As a nation, are
we not ashamed of how we are managing our resources? What is the rationale
of continuously preaching financial begging gospel when we have Chiadzwa
diamonds? I think as a nation we are very much capable of doing better, it
only needs one thing – the determination and will to harness Chiadzwa
diamonds for the betterment of the majority. The full article from which
this summary was extracted can be accessed at: http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/22488/1/MPRA_paper_22488.pdf
Zimbabwe prime minister wants aide to join
(AP) - 6 hours ago
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's prime
minister says he wants top aide Roy Bennett appointed to the Cabinet after
he was acquitted of all charges in a terrorism case.
Speaking at a
news conference Sunday after a two-day party meeting, Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai insisted Bennett should now be made deputy agriculture
Bennett was the nominee until he was arrested last year on the
same day Cabinet ministers were sworn into office.
The case against
Bennett has strained Zimbabwe's struggling coalition government since it was
forged more than a year ago. Bennett's allies maintain the charges were
baseless and aimed at undermining the coalition.
Robert Mugabe's party, though, says it will not accept Bennett into the
Cabinet even after his acquittal.
16, 2010- The interim chairperson of the Zimbabwe African People's Union
(ZAPU) Dumiso Dabengwa said on Saturday elections should be called in
Zimbabwe because the Inclusive Government has failed.
Dabengwa told party
supporters here that only an election could save the people from continuous
He was accompanied by the party's women's league chairperson
"The inclusive government has failed totally. They are
failing to implement the outstanding issues while the people are suffering.
We need to progress and the only way forward is to end the inclusive
government," said Dabengwa.
The former Zanu (PF) heavy weight, said the
inclusive government must no go beyond June this year.
"Let us give
them up to June to clean their mess. By June they should have managed to
solve all outstanding issues. From there we must manage to have the new
constitution followed by elections.
"Zimbabwe is ready for elections, as
a party we are also ready for campaign and win elections," he
"The only issue that we want is fresh elections. We want to help
the suffering masses but the inclusive government is continuing to put
stumbling blocks," Dabengwa later told RadioVOP.
Cape Town - Cape Town
properties belonging to the Zimbabwean government are to be auctioned in
July after a European bank group, KFW Bankgruppe, also attached them along
with three other Zimbabwean properties situated in Johannesburg and
The Cape Town properties were earlier attached by civil rights
group AfriForum after the North Gauteng High Court registered and enforced a
cost order of the SADC tribunal in February.
AfriForum identified the
The properties will be sold by the Sheriff of Cape Town on
public auction on 23 and 27 July.
KFW Bank attached the properties in
order to collect a judgment debt of €40m (about R400m) by means of public
The legal representative of AfriForum, Willie Spies, welcomed
the proposed auctions.
"The aim of our legal actions is to keep on
pressurising the Zimbabwean government. It is of great significance that
private institutions are now also becoming involved in this legal battle,
thereby increasing the pressure," he said.
These latest developments
also make it even more difficult for the Zimbabwean and South African
governments to intervene and push the legal processes aside, Spies
The fact that the Zimbabwean government owes a single European
debtor more than R400m, is proof of the bankruptcy of the country under the
dictatorship of President Robert Mugabe, Spies said.
He added that
AfriForum will continue its struggle for justice in the Southern African
HARARE - Hotel occupancy in Zimbabwe's premier tourist resort,
Victoria Falls, has shot up to 85 percent ahead of the FIFA Soccer World Cup
that kicks off in neighbouring South Africa on June 11, a top tourism
official has said. Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Zimbabwe Council of
Tourism told The Zimbabwean on Sunday that the country would get massive
spin-offs from the Soccer World Cup, the world's most-watched sporting
spectacle. "Hotel occupancy and booking rates in Victoria Falls, Kariba and
Bumi Hills has increased to 85 percent from 70 percent that was recored last
week," Fundira said. "We hope these figures will continue growing as the
FIFA World Cup draws near." For example, Fundira said the five-star
Victoria Falls Hotel, which has 161 rooms, is projecting to rake in
US$8million to US$10million during the FIFA World Cup. Victoria Falls,
home to the world's largest waterfall, was once a tourist magnet but years
of political violence and economic collapse have sent holiday makers
fleeing, while the few that have arrived over the past decade have chosen to
stay across the Zambezi River on the Zambian side of the falls. But
Fundira said the tide was turning and that many tourists were flocking to
the Zimbabwean side because Victoria Falls was only a 90-minute flight from
Johannesburg and to also to get a better view of one of the world's seven
wonders. Fundira said Zimbabwe, eager for economic benefits from the World
Cup tournament, has over the past months been busy trying to spruce up
tourist destinations and hotels in a bid to lure World Cup teams and
visitors. But Harare has however not been able to lure any of the countries
taking part in the soccer tournament to use Zimbabwe as their temporary base
with North Korea that had initially indicated it want to train in the
southern African country deciding against doing so. North Korea decided
not to come to Zimbabwe apparently after protests from civil activists from
Midlands and Matabeleland provinces where thousands of innocent civilians
were killed during a counterinsurgency drive in the provinces by a
Korean-trained Zimbabwean army brigade. The southern African country's
tourism industry is picking up after suffering a downturn in the aftermath
of President Robert Mugabe's chaotic and often violent land redistribution
exercise that attracted negative publicity for the country, spooking foreign
tourists. The decline has been staggering: 10 years ago, Zimbabwe drew 1.4
million tourists who generated US$400 million for the economy. Last year,
only 223,000 tourists came, generating only US$29.1 million dollars. But
Fundira was upbeat that tourism that before the economic and political
crisis was Zimbabwe's fastest growing sector was on the path to recovery
Written by Staff Reporter Friday, 14
May 2010 15:24
HARARE - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
(pictured) says African leaders are guilty of complicity in a "conspiracy of
silence" that has perpetuated repressive rule by dictators on the
continent. The Zimbabwean premier, who was in Washington DC last week to
receive a human right award sponsored by the National Democratic Institute
(NDI), said African leaders should acknowledge and respect the fundamentals
of good governance, respect for the rule of law and property rights and "the
imperative to invest in developing our human capital". "As African
leaders we must end the conspiracy of silence that has often allowed
repression to continue unchecked," Tsvangirai said in his acceptance speech
at the award ceremony. Human rights groups and major Western governments
accuse the majority of African leaders of closing ranks with Mugabe and
defending him to the hilt whenever he faces charges of oppressing his own
Self-destructive African leaders have been criticised for
always shielding each other from criticism even when guilty of bad
governance and human rights abuses, with former UN secretary general Kofi
Annan once calling the practice " a pernicious, self-destructive form of
racism that unites citizens to rise up and expel tyrannical rulers who are
white but to excuse tyrannical rulers who are black." In Zimbabwe's case,
the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union have
successfully shielded President Robert Mugabe from international censure
even as the Zimbabwean strongman openly condoned the harassment and
ill-treatment of opponents. SADC and the AU have refused to pressure Mugabe
to honour a September 2008 power-sharing agreement he signed with Tsvangirai
- who heads the main Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wing - and Deputy
Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, leader of a breakaway MDC faction. The
SADC-appointed mediator in the Zimbabwean political crisis, South African
President Jacob Zuma was last month criticised by US-based Human Rights
Watch for "misplacing" his mediation focus by allowing himself to be sucked
into Zanu (PF)'s anti-sanctions crusade. Zuma has lately taken keen personal
interest in seeking the removal of Western visa restrictions and a freeze on
assets and bank accounts held by Mugabe and other senior members of his Zanu
(PF) party. He failed to convince former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
in March to ease the targeted sanctions but his eagerness to parrot Mugabe's
anti-sanctions song has dented the South African leader's credibility as an
honest and impartial political broker. Zuma's critics say the South
African leader should instead be focusing on critical issues that include
cessation of human rights abuses, institutional reform targeting
constitutional and electoral processes as well as security sector
GPA implementation They also criticise Zuma for his apparent
failure to push for implementation of the global political agreement (GPA)
issues already agreed such as the appointment of provincial governors. More
than one year after Mugabe and Zanu (PF) agreed with the MDC formations on a
formula to appoint provincial governors in which six Zanu (PF) provincial
governors would be dismissed to make way for MDC governors. But the South
African leader insists it is important that the sanctions against Mugabe and
his inner circle are removed to aid implementation of the 2008 global
political agreement (GPA) that led to the formation of the unity government
in February last year. Zuma says the continued existence of the targeted
measures is dividing the unity government and hurting efforts to solve the
political problems in Zimbabwe. The EU and other Western nations imposed
sanctions against Mugabe in 2002 as punishment for failure to uphold human
rights, democracy and the rule of law. But the veteran Zimbabwean leader
says the sanctions are meant to remove him from power as punishment for
seizing white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks. Like his
predecessor, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, Zuma seems to be
powerless when it comes to getting Mugabe to implement issues agreed by
negotiators of the three parties that are signatories to the GPA. Despite
assurances last month by Zuma that the Zimbabwean parties had agreed on a
"package of measures" to resolve their dispute, Tsvangirai's MDC-T has
declared a deadlock and is demanding the convening of an emergency summit of
the 15-nation SADC bloc to force Mugabe to implement the reforms.
Vigil supporters were surprised and
pleased that Roy Bennett (who inspired us to start the Vigil) was acquitted this
week.However we were not surprised when
it became apparent that Zanu PF is not giving up on their harassment of
Roy.His passport has gone missing and the prosecution team have filed an
application for ‘leave to appeal’ his acquittal. More delaying tactics to
prevent him taking part in the government of
Zimbabwe. What are they afraid
The Vigil was glad to hear recently
from Ben Freeth in support of our petition to the UN Security Council: ‘We call on the Security Council to ensure that the next
elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair. We
look to the United Nations to supervise the electoral process and the handover
of power to a new government and believe peace-keeping troops will need to be in
place before, during and after the polling.’ Ben is one of the farmers who
featured in ‘Mugabe and the White African’ (for those who have not seen it yet
it is to be shown on MORE 4 Channel (Sky 138) at on
Tuesday 18 May). Ben’s email reads: ‘Well done
in your call to the UN Security Council. This is an excellent rally point and
something we need to get all pro democracy and human rights groups as well as
churches and influential leaders in SADC calling for. Without peace keepers and
international supervision, dictatorship will continue on in
Zimbabwe and the violence perpetrated
against the rural population particularly will be brutally severe come the next
election. Keep up the good work!’
The Vigil is particularly pleased at
this support because we feel the only way forward for
Zimbabwe is to have elections as soon as
possible.We find it hard to understand
those who say Zimbabwe is not ready for an election. Do
they really think things are going to improve - what are they waiting for?
constitution? This is a futile and time-wasting exercise. Any government voted
in after a free and fair election will rewrite it.
creditable electoral roll? In recent internationally monitored elections in
Iraq there were no voters’ rolls.The elections were carried out via adult
suffrage and indelibly ink-stained fingers.
non-violent environment? This is why we are saying it is essential for the
United Nations to provide international troops.
Vigil supporters who attended the
memorial in London for Tonderai Ndira reported that it
was a warm-hearted occasion as they remembered the horrors meted out to Tonderai
two years ago. It was reported at the time that he
had been shot in the heart, with multiple stab wounds, his eyes gouged, his
tongue cut out, and his neck, skull, jaw and knuckles broken. The organisers were pleased that
money was raised and has been sent to support Tonderai’s suffering
Today the Vigil started a new
occasional feature – asking committed Vigil supporters what the Vigil means to
them. We spoke to Josephine Zhuga who said ‘Sue Toft, myself, Caroline Witts and
Francesca Toft are the first point of contact at the Vigil as we man the front
table and engage with the passing public on the plight of Zimbabwe. I am in the
group of many people who come week after week, come rain, snow or sunshine.
Activists come from all over the country, from as far North as
Scotland and as far West as
Exeter. I feel privileged in welcoming new
supporters and informing them of the risk they are putting themselves and their
families at by their activities at the Vigil as we are closely monitored by
elements of the regime. Zimbabweans in the diaspora are victims of the brutal
regime of Robert Mugabe. This is expressed by many sad stories of rape, torture,
displacement and imprisonment. Our grieving for a better
Zimbabwe is reflected in our singing
revolutionary songs, religious songs, beating drums and prayers. We have two
tables and work hand in hand with Jonathan Kariwoh, Godfrey Madzunga, Chipo
Chaya, Arnold Kuwewa and Gladys Mapanda under the leadership of our Vigil
co-ordinators and management team. The Zimbabwe
marks important events on the Zimbabwean calendar by demonstrations which are
covered by local and foreign media. We are the largest peaceful group of
activists who have continued to protest for the past 8 years. I am proud to be
part of such a strong, dedicated and well-represented human rights
treat today was the wonderful singing of Patricia Nyamadzi. She was filmed by
ZBN News for ZimVigil TV and you will be able to watch and listen to her when
this week’s TV is uploaded.
collection was made for the family of a Zimbabwean lady, Senzeni
Moyo, who was tragically killed in the
Libyan air crash.
good to see Alice Ruzario again who comes all the way from
Sheffield to be with
puzzled to see a lone crutch at the end of the Vigil. We thought perhaps our
prayers had wrought a miracle and the owner had found they no longer needed it.
The mystery was solved when one of the homeless people who gather at the Vigil
hopped across to us – he had given his crutch to the Vigil children to play
·Mugabe and the White African
will be shown on
Tuesday 18th May at on MORE 4 (Sky
Cambridge fundraising event. Saturday 22nd May from
4 – 10 pm. Venue: Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD.
African music, food and drinks hobho. Entrance fee £10 including food. Contact:
Jospheth Hapazari 07782398725, Locadia Mugari 07501304116, Sibusisiwe Bafana
07765268622, Percy Marimba 07894670271 or P Mapfumo
May from . Venue: Tottenham Chances,
RoadLondon N17 6QN. Closest Tube -Seven
Sisters. From Seven Sisters towards Tottenham three stops on buses 123,149,256,349,341
ROHR Executive and Guest Speakers in attendance. Fundraising
raffle and draw. Contact
Bekithemba Nyahwa 07534905348, Nobuhle Ndlovu
07949588597, Wellington Chinombe 07529290157, Chipo Denenga 07960761122, P Mapfumo 07915926323.
·OTIENO by Trevor Michael
contemporary reworking of Shakespeare's Othello, set against the continuing
deprivation of present-day Zimbabwe. From Tuesday 25th May –
Saturday 12th June at , matinees 3 pm. Venue: Southwark
Playhouse, Shipwright Yard (Corner of Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.),
London SE1 2TF. For tickets ring 020 7407 0234 or book online here.
Bromwich Branch fundraising event. Saturday 29th May from 1 – 11pm.
Venue: St Peters Church Hall, Whitehall Rd, West Bromwich B70 0HF.
Admission £8.00 including food and drink. Contact: Pamela Dunduru 07958386718,
Diana Mtendereki 07768682961, Peter
07817096594, Godwin Kativu 07576994816 or P Chibanguza 07908406069
·ROHR Northampton General
5th June at 2 pm. Venue: CareyMemorialBaptistChurch,
King Street, Kettering, Northants, NN16
8QL. ROHR Executive members present
and Guest Speakers. Contact: Marshall Rusike 07833787775,Wadzanayi
Mpandawana 07717795574, Gladys Milanzi 07846 448 711, Norian Chindowa 07954379426, Sherry Ngaseke 07869295544 Or P Mapfumo 07915 926 323 / 07932 216 070.
meeting.Saturday 5th June
2010 from 1.30 – 5.30 pm.
Road, Fishponds, Bristol
BS16 3QT. Come along and hear what's happening back home and see if we can do
something to help. ROHR President, National Executive and a well known lawyer
present. Contact Bridget Mubaiwa 07789084534, Cecilia Ndhlovu 07545118593,
Emelia Sydney 07789991197, P Chibanguza 07908406069, P Mapfumo
12th June from 1 – 3 pm. Venue: 16 Sydenham
London SE24 5QW. Contact P
Chitsinde 07897000075, C Chiromo 07894586005 or 07838153217.
·Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays from – 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. For more information check: www.swazilandvigil.co.uk.
·Zimbabwe Association’s Women’s
Weekly Drop-in Centre. Fridays 10.30 am – 4 pm. Venue:
The Fire Station Community and ICT Centre,84 Mayton
London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest
underground: FinsburyPark. For more information contact the
Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and
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.