Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, a British citizen, claims that the Mugabe regime told him he could have the farm although he has been resident in England for more than 15 years. His wife, Veronica, is apparently connected to Mugabe’s wife Grace.
The farm was besieged by hired thugs for months before armed police forced their way in exactly fourweeks ago on Friday and took away the owner Zimbabwean-born Phillip Rankin who was about to harvest a crop worth up to £240,000.
The demonstrations outside Dr Nyatsuro’s clinic have been organized by the Zimbabwe Vigil which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday since October 2002 in support of human rights in Zimbabwe.
Date and time: Friday 26th February from 12 noon – 3 pm.
Venue: The Willows Medical Centre, Church Street, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1BJ.
For directions, check: http://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/MapsAndDirections/DefaultView.aspx?id=38275
Contact: Chamunorwa Chisuko 07832927609, Enniah Dube 07403439707, Sally Mutseyami 07448730581, Fungayi Mabhunu 07907089899, Rose Benton 07970996003.
Zimbabweans to present petition to 10 Downing Street
At 4 pm on Saturday 27th February the Vigil will present a petition to 10 Downing Street calling for Dr Nyatsuro’s British citizenship to be revoked. The petition to Prime Minister David Cameron reads:
Zimbabwean exiles in the United Kingdom and sympathisers are appalled by the behaviour of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica who run the Willows Medical Centre in Nottingham. Dr Nyatsuro is a British citizen, long resident in this country, yet he has illegally seized a farm in Zimbabwe owned by a white Zimbabwean farmer, Mr Phillip Rankin, who bought it with the approval of the Mugabe government. Dr Nyatsuro and his wife are reported to be connected to Grace Mugabe. We are puzzled why a British doctor should want a farm in Zimbabwe since he and his wife are apparently in full-time employment here and have no known farming expertise in a country facing starvation. We ask your government to consider revoking Dr Nyatsuro’s citizenship on the grounds that ‘it was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact’ (see: Deprivation of British citizenship and withdrawal of passport facilities – file:///Users/GG/Downloads/SN06820%20(1).pdf: House of Commons Library). We also question his suitability to run an NHS clinic in Nottingham while farming in Zimbabwe.
The petition has been signed by hundreds of people who have passed by the Vigil on Saturdays. More than 7,000 others have signed the petition online.
Date: Saturday 27th February
3.30 pm move from the Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2R 0JR
4 pm outside 10 Downing Street, SW1A 2AA.
Ban Zanu PF petition
The Vigil has been asked to draw attention to an online petition asking the British government to ban Zanu PF in the UK (see: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/120585).
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.