Chatham House demo against visiting Zimbabwe businessmen – Vigil

The Zimbabwe Vigil has sent out the following message.

Dear Supporters

As you may know, a delegation of Zimbabwean business leaders is to visit the UK. We have now learnt that they are to be in London on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th January. They will have talks at the Foreign Office on Tuesday 28th about sanctions and prospects for international investors in Zimbabwe. They are then to go on to a ‘private’ meeting at the Chatham House think tank, the Institute of International Affairs, on Tuesday afternoon. We quote the following from the Chatham House blurb: ‘With five consecutive years of positive growth, prospects for investment in Zimbabwe remain strong and as the dust from the election period settles the government is increasingly looking towards attracting international investors as a means of boosting further economic recovery in the country. This event will provide the opportunity to engage with a high level business delegation from Zimbabwe on the role of international investors in the improvement of Zimbabwe’s economic performance and international relations, and perspectives on the impacts of sanctions. The delegation will present their views on post-election developments in Zimbabwe and implications of the review of EU sanctions.’  

This meeting will be addressed by the head of the delegation, Charles Msipa, President of the Confederation of  Zimbabwe Industries and Managing Director of  Schweppes Zimbabwe Pvt Ltd.  The Vigil understands that  Mr Msipa is a member of the secret business committee of Zanu PF for which he mobilises funds. He played a big role in the farm invasions and is a close ally of former Mines Minister Obert Mpofu, the looter in chief of state diamonds. His enterprise knows no bounds: he was apparently  associated with the unhappy  Homelink housing development programme which some of you might have invested in . . .

We are planning a protest outside Chatham House to show that they are wrong in thinking the ‘dust’ from the election period is settling. Chatham house might not see it this way, but we know this delegation consists of  Zanu PF con men.

Please come and support the demonstration, which will be recorded as a Vigil attendance. It will be held from 4 – 5 pm on Tuesday 28th January outside Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LE – nearest station: Piccadilly.

Please let us know if you are coming. Further details and directions will be sent on Sunday.

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.


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    woosafoolinawho 8 years ago

    Chatam house in EAST London?

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    hamatakatambura 8 years ago

    Go home to wherever you came from you vigil people. Just go home, whoever you are.

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    Great patriotism. Well done vigil. We salute you. Expose these zanupf bogus looting con businessmen. Chatham house is just a naive gullible armchair hotair talk shop of discredited pseudo academic dreamers around since lancaster house

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    Hamatakatambura who sings for his breadcrumbs from his criminal masters table you puppet tell your half donkey half baboon anus cronies that treason is punishable by will be prescribed by law and lose all your ill gotten gains. The land act will be turned against you and your mansions. You and family relatives will be hunted worldwide like mossad or kagames spies with drones if need be. Go hang before you go to snakepit at our new chikurubi. Tell mugarbage gay gangsta muggersboy. Bassop

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    Saddened 8 years ago

    Well done our brothers & sisters in the diaspora. At least you doing something however small, it is to be celebrated. Just goes to show – you don’t need to be violent to express your rejection of this band of incompetents – so come on those in Zimbabwe start expressing your disgust at the situation you find yourselves in.

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    Aaron Moyana 8 years ago

    It is very ironic to see former enemies sit at the table to discuss business. England has been there and historically has been available to teach and advise. Now with the Chinese stealing everything how can we sustain any British ventures with the Chinese everywhere?

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Why invest when the same people are stealing farms as we write and even private houses in the mountains, still no protection of property rights. Ask this guy Mpsipa how many companies(white)are paying him monthly stipends to protect them from zanu thugs and the law.

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    Zvichapera 8 years ago

    Well done Virgil, keep up the good word. We salute you guys!!