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Zimbabwe PM accuses outsiders in party violence

Associated Press

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

Morgan 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 Democratic Change.

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 outsiders.

"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

Factional violence accompanied the formation of a breakaway Movement for
Democratic Change party in 2006. That split weakened opposition to Mugabe
during a senate election.

Tsvangirai said he has received reports from the countryside of ZANU-PF
members intimidating and attacking Movement for Democratic Change members.

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.

In one 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.

Bennett, 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 making.

Tsvangirai maintained the charges were baseless and aimed at undermining the
coalition. Tsvangirai said he still wanted Bennett as deputy agriculture

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Tsvangirai urges SADC summit to end govt stalemate

(AFP) - 5 hours ago

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.

Tsvangirai added 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

Tsvangirai 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 agriculture.

"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

"Secondly ZANU-PF cannot make a position that Bennett cannot (be sworn in).
It's not a state position," Tsvangirai said.

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Zim debt surges to US$6b

Debt action ... Finance ministry offices in central Harare

16/05/2010 00:00:00
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 2010.

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 weekly report.

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 previous week.

Kingdom said they expect the market to continue trading sideways in the short-term as the liquidity situation remains tight.

Chinese firm reported to have been awarded Chiadzwa mining rights

16 May 2010

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 area.

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 Minister.

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 claims.

Diamonds: Zim’s economic recovery

Thursday, 13 May 2010 16:37

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
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
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.
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Zimbabwe prime minister wants aide to join Cabinet

Associated Press

(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 minister.

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.

Longtime President Robert Mugabe's party, though, says it will not accept
Bennett into the Cabinet even after his acquittal.

Inclusive Government Has Failed - Dabengwa

16/05/2010 07:51:00

Masvingo, May 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 suffering.

He was accompanied by the party's women's league chairperson Tenjiwe Lesabe.

"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 said.

"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.

European bank attaches Zim property

2010-05-16 18:00

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 Pretoria.

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 properties.

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 auctions.

The legal representative of AfriForum, Willie Spies, welcomed the proposed

"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 added.

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 region.

Hotel occupancy up at Vic Falls

Written by Gift Phiri
Friday, 14 May 2010 14:16

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
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

Donors Develop Fatigue Over Zimbabwe

16/05/2010 16:40:00

Harare, May 16, 2010 - Donors have developed fatigue over Zimbabwe and are
now concentrating on helping more trouble and problematic spots such as
Haiti, a top United Nations official has confirmed.

"Donors are now sidelining Zimbabwe for other trouble spots such as Haiti
where there is a humanitarian crisis,' Marcel Vaessen, a UN Humanitarian
Affairs Officer in Zimbabwe.

"Zimbabwe will have to ask for more funds using the CAP facility which is
running out quickly ."

Zimbabwe has so far received US$ 12 million under the 2010 Community Appeals
Programme (CAP) out of the US$ 378 million it needs.

Haiti was destroyed by floods and the international community is helping
restore order in the poor nation.

Vaessen was addressing several donor agents who had converged in the country
to assess just how much the country needs in terms of aid for the 2010

Africa guilty of "conspiracy of silence": PM

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 people.

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 reform.

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.

Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 15th May 2010

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 of?


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 10 pm 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? 

·       A new constitution? This is a futile and time-wasting exercise. Any government voted in after a free and fair election will rewrite it.

·       A creditable electoral roll? In recent internationally monitored elections in Afghanistan and Iraq there were no voters’ rolls.  The elections were carried out via adult suffrage and indelibly ink-stained fingers.

·       A 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 family.


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 Vigil 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 group.’


Other points

·       A special 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.

·       A collection was made for the family of a Zimbabwean lady, Senzeni Moyo, who was tragically killed in the Libyan air crash.

·       It was good to see Alice Ruzario again who comes all the way from Sheffield to be with us.

·       We were 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 with!


For latest Vigil pictures check: For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check the link at the top of the home page of our website.  For earlier ZimVigil TV programmes check:


FOR THE RECORD: 180 signed the register.



·       Mugabe and the White African will be shown on Tuesday 18th May at 10 pm on MORE 4 (Sky 138).

·       ROHR 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 07915926323/07932216070

·       R0HR North London General Meeting. Saturday 22nd May from 1:30-5:30. Venue: Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road London N17 6QN. Closest Tube -Seven Sisters. From Seven Sisters towards Tottenham three stops on buses 123,149,256,349,341 and 476, 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 Georges. A contemporary reworking of Shakespeare's Othello, set against the continuing deprivation of present-day Zimbabwe. From Tuesday 25th May – Saturday 12th June at 7.30 pm, 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.

·       ROHR West 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 Nkomo  07817096594, Godwin Kativu 07576994816 or P Chibanguza  07908406069

·       ROHR Northampton General Meeting. Saturday 5th June at 2 pm. Venue:  Carey Memorial Baptist Church, 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.

·       ROHR Bristol Launch meeting. Saturday  5th June 2010 from 1.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: St Joseph's Presbytery, 232 Forest 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 07915926323/07932216070

·       ROHR South East London general meeting. Saturday 12th June from 1 – 3 pm. Venue: 16 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE24 5QW. Contact P Chitsinde 07897000075, C Chiromo 07894586005 or 07838153217.

·       Swaziland Vigil. Saturdays 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. For more information check:

·       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 Street, London N7 6QT, Tel: 020 7607 9764. Nearest underground: Finsbury Park. For more information contact the Zimbabwe Association 020 7549 0355 (open Tuesdays and Thursdays).

·       Strategic Internship for Zimbabweans organised by Citizens for Sanctuary which is trying to secure work placements for qualified Zimbabweans with refugee status or asylum seekers. For information: or contact:

·        For Motherland ENT’s videos of the Vigil on 24/04/2009, check:

 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: