EU undermines hope of democratic change: Vigil

The Vigil is appalled that the EU has cleared the way for Zanu (PF) to expand massively its diamond swindle. We believe the EU’s craven capitulation to commercial interests will undermine fatally any attempts to get Zanu (PF) to honour the GPA.

Human rights protests against the Chinese and Zimbabwean governments alongside each other on the Strand in London last weekend.
Human rights protests against the Chinese and Zimbabwean governments alongside each other on the Strand in London last weekend.

With virtually unlimited funds at Zanu (PF)’s disposal, Vigil supporters believe it is farewell to hopes of free and fair elections. We are not surprised that people are now talking of violent resistance.

The EU’s foreign affairs chief, the British Baroness Ashton, lauding the Kimberley Process agreement, spoke of monitoring and transparency. What delusion!

The less deluded Zimbabwe Mines Minister Obert Mpofu jubilantly declared that Zimbabwe would ‘unleash her worthiness’ on the unsuspecting world. He elaborated on this: Zimbabwe will uphold KP standards ‘in a way that has never been seen before’. Quite!

Mpofu’s protestations somehow minded us of the man from Zvishavane who took a young lady home from the bar only to find she had turned into a donkey by the next morning. ‘I find I am now in love with the donkey’ he told a court – echoing the breathless new British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert the morning after a 90 minute assignation with Mugabe. Ms Bronnert could hardly restrain herself from gushing ‘we must drop these illegal sanctions preventing Gushongo from investing his hard-earned $3 billion in Switzerland.

The Vigil believes that Ms Bronnert could have delivered a more pertinent message: UK taxpayers – that includes us at the Vigil – have given you $130 million this year to make up for the billion dollars plus that you have been stealing from Marange and we insist that you honour your obligations under the GPA.

If Ms Bronnert’s new romance is difficult to take on board, how about the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank Governor talking about his true love – chickens. Not just ordinary chickens but Lunar chickens! It turns out from an interview with Business Digest that Gono is not only a Lunartic visionary but has some real qualifications – in ‘chickenomics’.

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