The Zimbabwe Vigil has had a soft spot for the British newspaper the Guardian ever since its brave report justifying ‘Murambatsvina’. As the homes and businesses of some 700,000 of the poorest were trashed, the Guardian hailed it as visionary town planning.
Police in Harare on Wednesday interrupted Workers Day celebrations at Raylton Sports Club, accusing the organisers of holding the event without permission. The event was organised by the Concerned Affiliates of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.
‘Delay, deceive and destroy’ is how Welshman Ncube describes Zanu PF’s tactics as it fights to maintain Zimbabwe’s status as the third poorest country in the world. (Poor, that is, for the people – not the rulers.
LONDON – Despite renewed pressure from SADC for the full implementation of the GPA, President Mugabe exuded confidence that he will win the elections he insisted should be held last year or the year before that at the latest.
That prosecutors have now charged civil rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa with calling police ‘cockroaches’ shows an unexpected sensitivity. Mind you, the police do seem to be all over the place, scuttling away as soon as the light shines on them, only to regather in the dark.
We were joined by Mark Beacon of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement, who said ‘we must make sure that the world does not see the referendum as a litmus test for the elections’.
LONDON – Zimbabweans in the UK are to present a petition to 10 Downing Street on Saturday 16th March appealing to the UK government not to send home failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers because of election violence.
LONDON – The Zimbabwe Vigil is to urge the United Nations not to finance the Zimbabwean elections unless UN monitors are allowed to attend. Zimbabwe asked the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for some $80 million to pay for the referendum.
BULAWAYO – There was drama at the Parkade Centre on Thursday, a building that houses the headquarters of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), when wives of the parastatal’s workers burst into tears in protest over their spouses’ outstanding salaries.
BULAWAYO – There was chaos in the Bulawayo central business district this Tuesday morning as riot police were engaged in running battles with National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) workers’ wives who were protesting against the parastatal management for failing to pay their husbands’ salaries.