Chinamasa besieged in London Monday 4th July 2016

Source: Chinamasa besieged in London Monday 4th July 2016

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was besieged in London by angry Zimbabwean exiles and had to be rescued by a vanload of police.

Chinamasa was speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House on a desperate visit to Europe to try to raise money for the bankrupt Zanu PF regime.

Protestors from the Zimbabwe Vigil and its sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe picketed  Chatham House with posters reading: ‘No to Mugabe’s lies’, ‘Don’t prop up the Mugabe regime’, ‘Don’t lend money to thieves’ and ‘Zimbabweans reject odious debt’. While the meeting was under way an impassioned Cephas Maswoswa sang protests songs.

It became apparent that Chinamasa and his companions were afraid to come out and face the music. The demonstrators deterred an attempt to exit from a side door of Chatham House and eventually the police arrived and provided a safe corridor for Chinamasa and his friends to access the Zimbabwean Ambassador’s car amid jeers from protestors, fired up by messages from home of  mounting unrest in all urban areas.
Other points

  • We were not impressed by the Chatham House official who refused to allow our supporter, young journalist David Wilkins, to sit on the steps.  David is blind and has hearing difficulties. Part of his condition is that he has weak ankles. They said he could sit in the park across the road but he wanted to stay with us. We are always so encouraged by his support.
  • Thanks to those who attended who made such a spirited protest: Alfredy Mukuvare, Cephas Maswoswa, Chipo Kamhunga, David Wilkins, Deborah Harry, Dennis Benton, Eldridge Culverwell, Emmaculate Tshuma, Fungayi Mabhunu, John Burke, Mduduzi Ndlovu, Rose Benton and Sandra Kudenga.
  • The Vigil and ROHR will confront Chinamasa again tomorrow when he speaks at a conference in the financial heart of London to announce that Mugabe is now prepared to allow the reviled West to lend him money as long as they never expect to be repaid. Protest at Zimbabwe Conference 2016 ‘Rebooting and Rebuilding’. Tuesday 5th July from 8 am onwards. Venue: outside DLA Piper UK LLP, 3 Noble Street, London EC2V 7EE. For more information:


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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    Go for it – the treacherous English (not British) need to be shamed into decent behaviour. See the outcome of the recent referendum – they are now in panic mode and have no clue what to do next. Not much different from Mugabe’s government.

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    Mukanya 6 years ago

    Chinamasa crowned best performing Zimdance hall vocalist at Chatham House and had to be rescued by British Police from the marauding music lovers, screaming for MORE!!!
    Can we have lyrics also here at home.

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    C Frizell 6 years ago

    They were shouting “Murderer” – very good to see. Bugger these Zanoid mafiosos

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    Roberta Mugarbage 6 years ago

    Excellent action!

    Zimbabwe can’t pay the 40000 soldiers anymore.
    Zimbabwe can’t pay the bloated civil service anymore.
    Zimbabwe has trouble in replacing wrecked cars for seniour officials.
    Zimbabwe can’t afford the lavish lifestyle of its ambassadors any more.

    A loan to ZANU-idiots will never be repaid, why should the Breeetish taxpayer help to prop up this travesty. Let Chinamassa look East in the masses of China to find the last idiot to lend money.

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    @roberta……because there are no …….briteeeshh in china…….another failed policy by a failed government……

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    Sammy godora 6 years ago

    Chinamasa go back and listen to your bbc interview on Hard Talk. reflect reflect reflect on what you said!!

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      Roberta Mugarbage 6 years ago

      Thanks for the hint. I just viewed the interview.
      Oh dear, Zimbabwe is in trouble!
      It is reminescent of meetings with Mobutu and Idi Amin 30 years ago, those Zimbabweans are making up for lost chaos in the sixties and seventies.

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    Chinamarasha, Bimha, Mangudya and your dull team are you representing a Zanu PF gvt or you are the brightest of a group with learning disabilities. If you are Zaaanu Pf, I will inform Zanu Pf that you forgot to do the Slogans and to recite the pledge both at France and UK meetings. If you are from a group of people with Learning Disabilities, I assure you that the British are a very generous people and you they will definitely do something positive about it.

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    Give them money at your own risk chief thieves!

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    Mr Chinamasa, what do you need money for?

    PC “To rebuild the infrastructure”.

    Why didn’t you maintain it?

    PC “I don’t know”

    Why do you require an army of 40 000?

    PC “To protect our country”.

    From whom? Who do you think might attack you?

    PC “I don’t know”.

    Don’t you feel embarrassed to beg money from a country you constantly denigrate as ‘the enemy’?

    PC “No”.

    Why not?

    PC “I don’t know”.

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    Democratic Zim 6 years ago

    Democracy for Zimbabwe