Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 27th January 2007(01-02-07)

LONDON - Only a few of us for the beginning of the Vigil on the day the UN has designated as "Holocaust Memorial Day" marking the date on which the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Soviets in 1945. Mugabe is not, as far as we know, putting people in gas ovens but what is happening i

n Zimbabwe is a holocaust nevertheless. Common reckoning is that the death toll is worse than in Darfur, Iraq or Afqhanistan. Zanu-PF’s Didymus Mutasa made it known some 3 or 4 years ago that they wanted a population of about 6 million “of our people”. They have been busy every since.
With so many supporters away at a MDC meeting in Wolverhampton, it was brilliant to have the Zimbabwean singer Viomak all the way from Leeds to help us start up the Vigil. We played tracks from her new CD “Happy 83rd Birthday Mr Mugabe (bones of a 30 year old)”. She is working on a sensational coup to launch the CD and the Vigil Diary is following it closely….a “News of the World” scoop.
We were pleased to have a Chinese UN official who had just been to Zimbabwe talk to us. He said they are doing everything in their power to ensure that emergency humanitarian aid is not being abused.
We handed out our “Make Mugabe History – Free Zimbabwe” postcards to our supporters to write their own messages to Robert Mugabe for his birthday (yet another one!) next month. Most messages said something like “time to go”. Here are two messages: “Nobody wants anything to do with you any more. Do the right thing and go and herd goats and cattle. You are a disgrace to the human race. Zimbabwe is not your family business” and “May God really bless the last days of your life for judgment awaits you in hell”.
Vigil supporters were very pleased to hear from Jeff whom we’ve been worrying about for some time. It turns out he has been in jail for problems with his papers but is due to be released in the coming week. We are completely befuddled why Jeff should be blocking jail spaces for busy UK criminals.
It’s great that ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa, successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement) is becoming so active on behalf of Zimbabwe. We were pleased to help them distribute their flyer “The Last King of Scotland: a modern day problem” in which they compare the brutal repression of Zimbabwe to the tyranny of Idi Amin in Uganda. They are asking people to flood cinema-goers with this flyer to help raise awareness of the genocide in Zimbabwe.
For this week’s Vigil pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/
FOR THE RECORD: 35 signed the register.
FOR YOUR DIARY: Monday, 5th February, 7.30 pm, Central London Zimbabwe Forum. 28 John Adam Street, London WC2

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