Disunited Nations – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 12th October 2013

With the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s congratulations on his election ‘victory’ ringing in his ears, NoPresident Mugabe ventured to join us at the Vigil as we marked our 11th anniversary. Played by Vigil stalwart Fungayi Mabhunu, wearing our Mugabe mask, he carried a poster reading ‘Thanks UN’.

Ki-moon’s congratulations may just be a diplomatic courtesy but former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan twisted the dagger further in an interview with the British Guardian newspaper, saying that Mugabe probably could have won the elections even without rigging. The Ghanaian, notorious for sleeping on the job during the Rwandan genocide, said the world must work with Mugabe. ‘Holding on to the past and who was right and who was wrong and all this doesn’t help’ he said. Annan would have made more sense if he’d argued for UN  assistance to solve the ‘technical’ problem claimed to be responsible for the failure to publish the voters’ roll even a month and a half after the elections (see: Mugabe won with or without games: Annan – https://www.newsday.co.zw/2013/10/11/mugabe-won-without-games-annan/).

Betrayed by SADC, the AU, the EU and now the UN, Zimbabweans have been abandoned to our fate. How the diaspora can help the people at home was discussed at a meeting of the Zimbabwe Action Forum after the Vigil. The forum was addressed by Ephraim Tapa, Vigil founder member, who is to chair the ‘Restore Zimbabwe’ All-Stakeholders’ Conference which is to be held in London on Thursday 24th October. The purpose of the meeting is to agree a common platform and strategy for diaspora action on the Zimbabwe crisis.

Ephraim spoke of the Vigil’s long struggle and promised it would continue until there were free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. He said that during his covert visit home before the elections he had been assured by the MDC that there was no possibility of rigging and asked what his plans were for returning home. All was going well he was told: there was a new constitution, a new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, observers were in place. Celebrations were underway; why was he spoiling the party?

Ephraim said that the focus of the conference would not be on the past but on ‘what now?’ He said the Mugabe regime was scared of the diaspora which must now come up with a concrete strategy to bring freedom to Zimbabwe.

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FOR THE RECORD: 54 signed the register.


  • ·         Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 19th October from 10 am to 1 pm outside the Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB.
  • ·         ‘Restore Zimbabwe’: Zimbabwe Diaspora All-Stakeholders’ Conference. Thursday 24th October from 9 am – 4.30 pm. Venue: the Theatre, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG. Nearest station: Bethnal Green (Central line).
  • ·         Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 2nd November from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. 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.
  • ·         Zimbabwe We Can Meeting. Saturday 16th November from 12 noon. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.
  • ·         Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2012 can be viewed on this link: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/467-vigil-highlights-2012. Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2012 Highlights page.
  • ·         The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organization based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organization 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 ishttp://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents the views and opinions of ROHR.
  • ·         Facebook pages:
  • ·          Vigil: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8157345519&ref=ts
  • ·          ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515
  • ·          ROHR: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROHR-Zimbabwe-Restoration-of-Human-Rights/301811392835
  • ·         Useful websitewww.ipaidabribe.org.zw where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.


Vigil co-ordinators

The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe. http://www.zimvigil.co.uk.


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    Tjingababili 9 years ago

    GO HOME!

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    zondi 9 years ago

    Who do you reprent in the diaspora when you say “Zimbabweans?” You come to Zimbabwe “covertly” and go back to London and pretend you are “Zimbabwean”? You then start talking with a loud-hailer about Zimbabwe on hearsay. Be serious. Am disapppointed.

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    Bhola 9 years ago

    Dont you guys work to do? You spend so much time worrying about things that you cannot change, while we back at home, are working to build this country, despite the challenges. If you really care about Zim, come home and be counted and stop spreading a negative image about the country of your birth to people who have never set foot here.

    nxxxx! After 11 years, you should realise that you are wasting your time and money! Get a grip man!

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    Tapa is a chancer he is going nowhere …The true vigil founders are known,not Tapa,he came to uk after the vigil had been launched..Zimbabwe We Can was founded by Silence Chihuri and Tapa wants to highjack any organisation ,now they are two Zimbabwe We Cans ,the mainstream one led by Mr Onias Moyo who was eleveted after they fired Tapa the crook..He was also fired by mainstream ROHR because he is very corrupt..Tapa is being blindly followed by stupid men,David Kadzutu who doent have a right to stay in this country and another embecile called Arnold Magwanyata who always dresses like Chinotimba…..If you want to partcipate in active politics go home stop making noise from the corridors of london ..

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    Thats true Jikisa,,,Tapa did not found anything he is a chancer ,a crook using David Kadzutu and -Chinotimba styled man Arnold Magwanyata ..Who can be ruled by such people its a joke

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    Takarasan Muhondo 9 years ago

    I think editor you must leave people’s comments as they are. Barbara used to be very fair and allowed views to be expressed as they were.. people need to know the truth about opportunists that have been bred by the situation in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe We Can was started by one Silence Chihuri who invited this selfish Tapa much against the will of the majority of the founding members some of whom knew Tapa. So please allow the people to know the truth unless you are biased in favor of this Tapa

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    Bhebhe Ndlovu 9 years ago

    Zimbabwe We Can was started by Chihuri but people are just distorting history. Tapa is fighting everyone from ROHR, ZWC,he left MDC in a storm.

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    Freedom fighter 9 years ago

    People don’t be fooled Tapa will stop at nothing to gain political mileage he is the most corrupt Zimbabwean in uk everyone know that he’s selfish , womaniser and and a narrow minded politician he must be exposed also he must stop hijacking peoples projects if u think you are a true leader go to zimbabwe and we will see how long u last