Wednesday 5 June 2019 saw Honorable Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's former and without doubt most successful Finance Minister this Century visit Chatham House in Westminster, London.
Honourable Tendai Biti was attending his book launch alongside co authors former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Greg Mills, Director of, The Brenthurst Foundation. They discussed among other things human rights and politics with civic society leaders from around the world in a closed private event. The book is called Democracy Works.
|Tendai Biti at Chatham House, London|
Other invited attendees from ZHRO were John Burke, Sarah Bayisayi, Ebson Chigwedere and Tinashe Aliseni. Whilst the event was in full flow, MDC members and ZHRO activists made sure their voices were heard all over St James' Square from the beginning of the event at 11am, until well after 1400hrs when the event ended and the authors walked out to greet all outside.
Shortly after the event an alleged ZANU PF apologist and apparent Intellectual was asked for his thoughts by Thabo Makuyana, in regards to a statement by Vladimir Putin, the current President of the Russian Federation in which he said, "Africans believe in others more than themselves!" The basic reply was I don't know, however the long reply was filled with seemingly inebriated exuberant verbosity by the apparent intellectual who tried to dodge the question.
Further direct and pointy questions were asked by among others Vuka Vuka Zimbabwe, which infuriated the man. The man ended up swearing at Vuka Vuka, who returned the favour in a gentlemanly manner. The man then put his hands on Vuka Vuka. Vuka responded and told the man not to touch Vuka, then shortly after this the man scuttled away back into Chatham House. This was clear evidence that he was not used to being asked pointed and direct questions, that require straight answers.
Shortly after this, former President Obasanjo and Honourable Biti came out to cheers and applause from all attending. They signed their books, took photos and everyone left the successful event with high hopes for Zimbabwe and Africa.
The next ZHRO event will be on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 429 the Strand in Central London WC2R 0JR
To find out more or to join ZHRO and attend one the weekly protest vigil, contact
Kingstone Jambawo 079 048 61744
Sarah Bayisayi 078 772 87869
Phillip Mahlahla 074 528 28229
By Thabo Makuyana
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