via Mugabe’s same old song – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 26th September 2015 Sunday, 27 September 2015
For the second time in a few weeks Mugabe has delivered an old speech. Despite the ridicule over his repeating of last month’s State of the Nation Address at this month’s Opening of Parliament, he has again been recycling his clapped-out ideas – this time at the United Nations.
Speaking after the launch of a new UN development programme, the 91-year-old complained that Zimbabwe lacks resources to implement the programme because of sanctions imposed by Western countries. Freed of the ‘fetters of sanctions’ Zimbabwe will stand a better chance of implementing the goals, he said.
The tired sanctions refrain continues to resonate with the determinedly ill-informed and Mugabe has seen no need to update his formulaic excuse for failure, even though the European Union has long since suspended financial restrictions and the only other Western targeted measures are in place because of Zanu PF’s failure to repay its massive debts.
But singing the same song on his never-ending perambulations comes at a heavy price for the Zimbabwean economy – not only the vast expense of his parasitic entourage but in the governmental paralysis he leaves at home.
The Vigil experienced something of this during the week when we staged two demonstrations against a Zanu PF mission seeking to raise money from international investors and the diaspora. For details of the demos (see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/718-london-anti-zanu-pf-demo-22nd-september-2015- and http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/the-vigil-diary/719-minister-flees-london-demo–23rd-september-2015-). Industry and Trade Minister Mike Bimha, leader of the delegation, complained of ‘perceived’ country risk putting off potential investors. The Vigil says to him: ‘Come off it. Perceived? (see:
Response to Tuesday demo
· I hope you guys appreciate how much your activity is appreciated here by everyone.
· Well done. We are proud of you and your commitment to freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe.
· I am concerned that the firm in which I am a partner may have allowed itself to be involved in attracting investment in a regime in which it ought not. I profess no sophisticated understanding of the situation in Zimbabwe other than what I hear from friends in Zimbabwe and, of course, the media reporting but I was deeply moved (as were others) by the dignity and imagination of your protest outside our building and would like to understand better and to hear more from you. If you should be so kind as to contact me I should be very interested to hear what I might do to help.
Comments on Wednesday Demo
. Well done to all of you. Zimbabwe – the true Zimbabwe – salutes you.
J: . ALL the leaderless folks back home salute you for your courage and patriotism Never mind all the hard work!! WELL DONE!!
. The minister ran from 16 protestors , , , shame on him!!
Email from ‘Sidney Shore’ on 25/9/14: All black indigenous people of Zimbabwe love Mugabe please stop circulating these worthless flyers. We know that you are not happy about us taking the land your ancestors stole. Still it is no reason to entice the weaker and foolish ones amongst us to do your bidding. The state of our economy is in shambles only because of sanctions imposed by imf. Not our honourable president. However we will fix this mess ourselves we do not want your help or your advice. Black people all over the world are waking up to the fact that white people are devil’s and there is no reasoning with them. I speak on behalf of my nation zimvigil is created and run by colonialists who do not care about us.stop being sheep and wake up. Do not support these reptiles.
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