Vigil to present petition to No 10

LONDON - The Vigil is preparing to mark Independence Day by presenting a petition to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to ensure that elections threatened this year are supervised by the UN.

A letter accompanying the petition thanks Prime Minister David Cameron for his recent promise to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to help Zimbabwe hold free and fair elections.

The petition, signed by 12,000 visitors to the Vigil, reads: ‘We call on the Security Council to ensure that the next elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair. We look to the United Nations to supervise the electoral process and the handover of power to a new government and believe peace-keeping troops will need to be in place before, during and after the polling.’

The Vigil has already petitioned SADC and the AU with no result. SADC promised last year to send three delegates to help overcome problems in the implementation of the GPA. None has yet arrived. We have been told for months that President Zuma is to visit Harare to bang heads together. A date has still to be set.

The Vigil fears a scenario in which Zanu PF, in desperation because of Mugabe’s failing health, collapses the GNU, calls elections and again bludgeons its way to a victory which is accepted again by SADC and the UN.

We fully realise the UN is less interested in Zimbabwe than if there was a violent uprising there. But we hope our petition will help persuade it not to recognise the gangster regime on the horizon. –

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