Diaspora to protest on Feb 21

Zimbabweans in the Diaspora will use the occasion of President Robert Mugabe’s 88th birthday to stage demonstrations in front of South African embassies in the United Sates, European capitals and South Africa.


They want to put pressure on President Jacob Zuma to force Mugabe and his coalition partners to implement the Global Political Agreement in full.

Den Moyo, Co-ordinator of the Free Zimbabwe Global Movement said in some parts of the world the picketing had already started and would culminate in the big event on February 21, the day Mugabe celebrates his 88th birthday party in Mutare.

“Diplomats have not told us whether Zuma received our petitions which were signed by hundreds of demonstrators, nor have they told us what action he is now planning to take,” Moyo added.

“What we do know is that he attended the African Union Summit a few days after our demonstration, but nothing was said about our issue, so we are going back again to the South African Embassies in USA, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Canada and at the South African government building in Pretoria on February 21.”

Demos would continue “until we see concrete actions on the ground with respect to our demands.”

In the past the birthday celebrations have been criticised as extravagant and insensitive in a country where millions of people struggle to make ends meet.

A fashion label that has gone crazy among Zanu(PF) supporters, Gushungo, by the House of Gushungo will be officially launched during the birthday celebrations. – Radio VOP

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