Tuesday, 20 August 2019

ZHRO Vigil 7 August 2019

ZHROVigil 7 August 2019


The Calm Before The Storm

This weeks planned Vigil was rather quiet, compared to the week before.  The attendees were much fewer than normal.  The planning for the Walk for Freedom was well under way.  Thus the vigil was missing Rashiwe and Sarah Bayisayi who apparently have not missed a ZHRO Wednesday Vigil for 1 year solid. 

Banners were created and printed by Panashe Muyeye.  Leading the Singing was shared by most of the vigil attendees, however, Molly Ngavaimbe, Tinotenda Chihope and Chegika Lifa Phiri led most of the singing.  Alfredy Mukuvare (ZHRO Vice Chairman) advised that, despite threats and intimidation, the ZHRO Vigil will continue.  He thanked and encouraged those in attendance.  He then asked those in attendance to go to the court case of Orivasi Madondo which is on Friday the 9th of August 2019.

Some who attended Vigil on Wednesday 7 August 2019
It was during this Vigil that, the news of there being a possible Mass Protest on the 16th of August 2019 was first brought to the attention of ZHRO Leadership by Orivasi Madondo and he was backed up by Molly Ngavaimbe.  Alfredy Mukuvare advised that, the Leadership would need to discuss the issue and would advise in due course. 

The mass protest was triggered by the MDC Leader, Nelson Chamisa.  At the time of writing, the protest had changed from an MDC Protest to a Citizens protest, supported by a multitude of Human Rights and other Civic Organisations that are concerned at the lack of Human rights in Zimbabwe, a country that got its own independence essentially through an extremely bloody fight for Human Rights.

Those who attended the Vigil as per the Register were, Thabo Makuyana, Orivasi Madondo, Molly Ngavaimbe, Panashe Muyeye, Chegika Lifa Phiri, Tinotenda Chihope, Tapiwa Muskwe, Alfredy mukuvare.

By Thabo Makuyana

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