Longer Saturday Vigil

Longer Saturday Vigil

The first post-Mugabe Saturday Vigil will be held tomorrow from noon until 6 pm or later.

Source: Longer Saturday Vigil – 25/11/2017

Rory Stewart

As many as a thousand people attended last Saturday’s Vigil. Activists gathered again outside the Embassy on Tuesday when Mugabe resigned. The Vigil returned to the Embassy on Wednesday from 8 am to past 6 pm when we made it clear that our protests would continue until there is democracy in Zimbabwe. 

At his inauguration today Mnangagwa spoke of democracy but he has also made clear his overriding allegiance to Zanu PF so we remain sceptical about his intentions. He did, however, promise to hold next year’s elections as planned.

With this in mind, here is the new petition we will be running from tomorrow:


Petition to UK Africa Minister Rory Stewart

Zimbabwean exiles and supporters welcome your visit to Zimbabwe and believe the UK has much to contribute to the country.

The euphoria over the removal of the Mugabes has given way to realisation that nothing else has changed. The new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke of democracy but also made clear his overriding allegiance to Zanu PF, which has repeatedly shown it does not believe in democracy.

We urge you to insist on free and fair elections in Zimbabwe to determine the will of the people before the UK offers support to Mnangagwa. In particular, we stress the importance of the following:

  1. New voters’ roll and an independent election commission
  2. Diaspora vote
  3. Participation of Western election observers
  4. Opposition access to state radio and television
  5. Police reform and the disbanding of the Central Intelligence Organisation


  • comment-avatar
    Jonsina 5 years ago

    Disbanding of CIO? Bafana are you drunk? Would your queen listen even for a second to anyone staggering into B palace and suggesting M16 be disbanded? Guys I was respecting you but you are quickly peeling off the veneer of your true intentions. But why am I even responding to this nonsense?