Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 1st April 2006

LONDON - We were pleased to have with us Adella Chiminya, whose husband, Tichaona, was one of the first MDC victims of the Zanu (PF) regime. He was Morgan Tsvangi

rai’s campaign manager and was burnt to death by Mugabe’s people six years ago while police stood by. His name features on the roll of honour displayed at the front of the Vigil under the headline “Mugabe wanted for murder”. The people who have caused the devastation in Zimbabwe will not escape justice. Adella was clearly cheered by the Vigil and has promised to come again. Newcomers included Jethro from Derby, who arrived early in a rather depressed state and was elated by the time he left on his long journey home. The Vigil was enlivened by a group of exuberant supporters from Leicester and the powerful singing and drumming drew in many passers-by. They included two groups of young Londoners dressed in everything from ball gowns to top hats. The recent drought in stories about Zimbabwe has been broken with a vengeance with a two- page spread in the Sunday Times: “Desperate mothers throw away 20 babies a week as Zimbabwe starves” – http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-2114280,00.html. We doubt whether it will make much impact on the pointy-shoed Zimbabwean ladies seen going in and out of the Embassy today with their expensive shopping bags. FOR THE RECORD: 75 signed the register. FOR YOUR DIARY: Zimbabwe Forum, Upstairs at the Theodore Bullfrog pub, 28 John Adam Street, London WC2 (cross the Strand from the Zimbabwe Embassy, go down a passageway to John Adam Street, turn right and you will see the pub). Monday, April 10, 7.30 pm – Action Planning – Discussion and decisions on campaigns and demos.

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