Mike Campbell Foundation ‘Seeds of Hope’ Event: 20th June 2023

Source: Mike Campbell Foundation ‘Seeds of Hope’ Event: 20th June 2023

Vigil stalwarts Enniah Dube and Rose Benton attended the Mike Campbell Foundation Event: ‘2023 Breakthrough Zimbabwe Election? Seeds of Hope!’ at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday 20th June. The event was chaired by Baroness Kate Hoey, a long-term friend of the Zimbabwe Vigil.


The meeting opened with the Citizens’ Coalition for Change’s spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere’s speech to the UN earlier this year. You can listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAxZAt8Ukuw.

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was unable to attend in person because he had to attend a court case in Zimbabwe. However he sent a detailed message chronicling the appalling human right situation in Ziimbabwe particularly in the lead up to elections.

Ben Freeth, the Director of the Mike Campbell Foundation spoke of ‘the story behind it all’: the farm invasions, him and his late father-in-law, Mike Campbell, taking President Mugabe’s government to court in the Southern African Development Community’s regional court, the SADC Tribunal in 2007, and the subsequent abduction and torture of Ben, Mike and Mike’s wife Angela.

The final speaker was Dr Theo de Jager, Chairman of the Southern African Agri Initiative (SAAI) who talked on ‘Hope for the future’. He outlined efforts to get compensation for dispossessed Zimbabwean farmers and expressed hope for success in this after the forthcoming elections. It was felt that getting productive farmers back on the land would help to put Zimbabwe on the road to economic recovery.

For photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72177720309284648

Events and Notices:

  • Next Vigil meeting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. Saturday 1st July from 2 – 5 pm. We meet on the first and third Saturdays of every month. On other Saturdays the virtual Vigil will run.
  • 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 http://www.rohrzimbabwe.org/. Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents us.
  • The Vigil’s book ‘Zimbabwe Emergency’ is based on our weekly diaries. It records how events in Zimbabwe have unfolded as seen by the diaspora in the UK. It chronicles the economic disintegration, violence, growing oppression and political manoeuvring – and the tragic human cost involved. It is available at the Vigil. All proceeds go to the Vigil and our sister organisation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe’s work in Zimbabwe. The book is also available from Amazon.
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Vigil : https ://www.facebook.com/zimbabwevigil

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ZAF: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zimbabwe-Action-Forum-ZAF/490257051027515


The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London meets regularly on Saturdays from 14.00 to 17.00 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/.