Sunday 29 September 2019

ZHRO Walk For Freedom

The ZHRO walk for freedom started on Saturday 21st September 2019 at 6:30am at Brighton Pier.  The end point was Hampton Court Train Station at 8:55am on Sunday 22nd September 2019.  The first leg was started by Rashiwe Bayisayi and John Burke.  They walked all the way to Christ's Hospital Rail Station, where they took a break after the difficult 37 km stretch but, John Burke announced that he was pulling out.  This was the day, ZANU PF rented a crowd in New York, USA, at the United Nations.  

The job of the rented crowd was to do the bidding for their pay masters (It’s a shame for ZANU PF, as some of the hired crowd are likely descendants of Slaves and ZANU PF, clearly don’t care how they manipulate and use them), ZANU PF et al.  Their job was to lobby for the thieves, the abductors, the whole sale looters, the ones that have managed to bring over 14 million people to their knees through pure corruption and wanton greed.  Their job was to help those who consider themselves as said by George Orwel, “more equal, than others.”

The next leg was from Christs Hospital Railway Station to Guildford Railway Station.  This was done by, Rashiwe and Sarah Bayisayi, who stood-in for the retiring John Burke.  This was the point at which, the walkers were met by, ZHRO Chair Lady, Chipochedenga Parirenyatwa.  She was at the meeting point to help the walkers by being part of the support unit - with food and drink! 

The two sisters bravely walked all the way to Guildford Train Station.  This is around the time when another protest against the Junta in Zimbabwe was taking place at the Zimbabwe Embassy.  It seems, this was also the time the current First Lady, with the help of the Zimbabwean Herald and Chronicle, appear to have sensationally cooked up a story about getting an award from Harvard University and seeming to quote Dr Professor Wilfred Ngwa.

At around 10:30pm and completely dark, the two sisters walked into Guildford train station.  They were visibly tired and Rashiwe Bayisayi had a limp.  “will you be able to complete the walk? With a real tone of concern John Burke asked.  “I will try and walk through the pain and take it easy.” Replied Rashiwe Bayisayi.  It was at this point the Sarah Bayisayi decided she could not continue.  “I have done over 30km without training,” she said.  After a short break and further help from Chipo Parirenyatwa, Rashiwe Bayisayi got on with the night time walk.

She was Joined for the night walk by, Tinashe Aliseni who had a powerful front torch, and Thabo Makuyana who was wearing a bright orange florescent jacket.  The three set off and started the leg from Guildford train station to Hampton Court Train Station.  The trio walked through the night and stopped twice for refreshments from the support team.  The leg was made especially difficult by the fact that they were walking near the river and the path was extremely small sometimes, thus, “we had to walk like as if we were walking on a catwalk,” said Rashiwe Bayisayi.

As dawn broke, Thabo Makuyana declared that he was dropping out at the final rest stop at Walton-on-Thames.  Rashiwe Bayisayi and Tinashe Aliseni literally soldiered on and got to the finish line together and they were very, very tired.  Rashiwe Bayisai successfully completed the full 105km distance in 26hours.  Thus the record of 25 hours which is currently held by Rashiwe Bayisayi still stands.  
“The pain I am feeling (in her knee) is more or less the pain that people in Zimbabwe are suffering….  I said, we will never stop doing this walk, as it is walk for freedom, until Zimbabwe is free.  Now Zimbabwe is not free, so we continue to endure the pain.” 

Tinashe Aliseni then added saying, “The night walk was a bit more painful, but its like she said, until, Zimbabwe is free, we keep doing it (The Walk for Freedom).  Planning for next year (Vision 2020 - Walk for Freedom) has already started.  Medals were handed to the participants for taking part.  It was suggested that a special shield should be created for Rashiwe as this was her THIRD consective completion of the 105 km Walk for Freedom.

  • Since the walk, Doctor Peter Magombeyi, through the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the huge public out cry and the constant pressure on ZANU PF, was finally released from police custody and from the clutches of the police in the Avenues Hospital.  Credible reports are that, the police had effectively, blocked him in the hospital and prevented him from leaving.  He has finally been allowed to leave Zimbabwe, as he is in need of medical treatment following his apparent torture, by the proxies of ZANU PF. 

  • It has also been noted by most and conveniently ignored by the ZANU PF media spinners, that at the United Nations, whilst the Current President of Zimbabwe was giving his speech, the hall was virtually empty.  It was as if he was addressing furniture, as the attendance was extremely low, when compared to attendance for speeches by other world leaders.

  • It has also been revealed that the link below is apparently tied to the story about Auxilia Mnangagwa and it strangely uses a .org website.  This is instead of a .edu website, which seems to be used by Harvard University for all its sites.  It seems, someone or some organisation has issued a statement, denying what the herald and the chronicle printed (I wonder who?).  So much could be said about this site, however without further investigation, this could be skirting extremely close to the current Libel laws.

By Thabo Makuyana

Friday 20 September 2019

Embassy Closure caused by Seniors

Zimbabwe Embassy closes due to actions of UK based Zimbabwean Seniors.

Sibongile Bvungidzire and Molly Ngavaimbe
outside Zimbabwe Embassy London on 18 September 2019
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.  Cliché as the phrase may be, the actions of the two pictured, UK based seniors originally from Zimbabwe, resulted in the effective closure for the day of the Zimbabwe Embassy, at 429 The Strand London. 

ZHRO meets every Wednesday for the pre-planned Vigil, starting at 11am.  On this day, I arrived at approximately 11:30am, to find the two standing outside the doors of the Zimbabwe Embassy, placards in hand and preparing another one for Tendai Muskwe.  “Why are we in the sun instead of under the shade?” I asked.  “I have children and Doctor Peter Magombeyi is young enough to be my Son or Grand Son."  “I can not stand under the shade today, I am protesting here in front of the doors!” answered Molly Ngavaimbe.  “Imagine how much we spend sending children to school, then they (ZANU PF and its Proxies) just take them.  Im also not going under the shade today," was the response Sibongile Bvungidzire gave.  “We will have to support them and not go under the shade today,” suggested Tendai Muskwe as he finished off his placard. 

The abduction of Dr Peter Magombeyi, touched so many Zimbabweans across the world.  The outcry led to protests in Zimbabwe.  The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) which Dr Magombeyi is President of, decided to go on strike and protest by downing tools, in the public and private sector.  With chants of No peter no work, from the striking Doctors, the Government media spin machine has been trying rather unsuccessfully to find a way to explain this common and all too familiar occurrence in Zimbabwe.  With time clearly being of the essence, the two ZHRO seniors, were in no mood to compromise (even with the police and the ZHRO leadership) and those around them, followed where they led.

I all started with just 4 people standing under the baking hot London sun.  Black Africans who are clearly not in need of a sun tan, singing, chanting, holding placards, seemed to be an oddity, to those passing who by now, if they live and work near the Zimbabwe embassy, one would expect them to know, today was different from the other vigil Wednesdays. 

Molly Ngavaimbe initially led the singing and the others joined in.  On the arrival of Philip Mahlahla, ZHRO London chairman, the two ladies moved closer to the entrance and started gesticulating and shouting so that their voices could be heard clearly inside the Embassy.  Shortly after this, 3 police vehicles arrived, with at least 5 heavily armed police in them.  At the same time, Rashiwe and Sarah Bayisayi arrived as well.  Philip Mahlahla tried to set up the tent and table, with the help of Flemming Diza and Plaxidia Mugonde, however this was soon abandoned when he and the police who went to speak to him, saw that the ladies were not for turning.

Shortly after the departure of the police, the Embassy closed its doors, with some who were already inside unable to leave and those who wanted to enter, stuck outside.  This was greeted with applause and cheers by the protesters present.  The rest of the planned protest went on as normal, with Tinotenda Chihope, Rashiwe Bayisayi and Sarah Bayisayi leading the singing. 

A special thank you to all who attended.  Especially to Molly Ngavaimbe and Sibongile Bvungidzire, who initiated the protest outside the embassy doors.  Thank you also to Rashiwe and Sarah Bayisayi who brought the drum and hailer all the way from the south coast of England.  Those who attended as per the register were,

:- Since writing, events have been moving at pace.  Dr Peter Magombeyi has apparently been found.  Apparently he is in police custody, however he is still to make a public appearance, which would most likely be followed by a public statement by himself or whoever he wishes to speak for him. 

By Thabo Makuyana

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Uncle Sam sides with the masses

Uncle Sam sides with the masses, whilst ZANU PF focusses on its self.
Uncle Sam says, “Zimbabweans have long deserved better….”

The latest Tweets from the US Embassy Harare, seem to have been conveniently overlooked by the ZANU PF Media folk.  The comments by, “habitual Liar” Nick Mangwana (as described by ZHRO) have once again turned heads of those who are interested in Politics with a capital P, towards his comments, however this is without explanation.

What is missing from most comments on this matter is that, the usually Suave, ZANU PF media machine is no longer credible to the international world for they and their masters have scored own goal after own goal, in pretty much the same way they have run the economy and country.  They (ZANU PF media machine) have been dealt huge blows by constant lies within their ranks.  The lack of empathy displayed for their own countrymen and most notably for young Girls and young Women (who have not yet even reached the prime of their lives) who have been abused.  These and other things have further dented their credibility in the international world.  The reported arrest of MDC National Chairperson Thabita Khumalo dated 17 August 2019 as written by Mandla Nhlovu, on Bulawayo 24 news, shows that this ill-treatment and arbitrary arrests at the hands of ZANU PF and its proxies is touching women across the population spectrum.

What is different this time and has the ZANU PF media machine on its back foot, is the constant pressure that it and ZANU PF its self are under.  The ordinary Child, Woman and Man, Bloggers, Freelance Journalists willing to risk it all, by reporting the worst of ZANU PF abuses are something that ZANU PF are clearly not used to.  The mainstream media in the West and East are not just being able to but willing to carry brand “Zimbabwe,” as seen in the eyes of the MDC and the Human Rights champions.  With, USA President Trump, the Hong Kong protests, Brexit and Wars that are taking place all over the world, the airtime and printed space that Brand Zimbabwe is getting is quite surprising to the media savvy eye.

The Latest own goals that brand ZANU PF seems to have scored on themselves, (No one knows how long this will last) is the Mugabe burial debacle.  Without going into his history (former President R.G. Mugabe’s history ), which was eloquently and honestly put into context by Uncle Sam representative USA Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo, in his tweet where he said,
“During nearly four decades in power, Robert Mugabe devastated a country with enormous potential.  He slaughtered political opponents in the 1980s, used security forces to abuse the opposition and civil society, enriched his family and inner circle through massive corruption...
and catastrophically mismanaged the economy, turning the region's breadbasket into one where much of the population requires international food assistance.
Zimbabweans have long deserved better and their leadership has an opportunity to set the country on a much different path. We will continue to stand with the Zimbabwean people in their efforts to forge a better, more prosperous future.”

The one thing Zimbabwe needs, not as the Panacea, but as a part of the possible solution is the USA’s First Amendment, which is as near to absolute as can be.  The lay and the learned have the freedom to speak without fear or favour when needed (as seen above), thus the democracy thrives. 

(The following I can only write as I am outside of Zimbabwe.)  In a typical own goal of ZANU PF’s making, where their own senior representatives (for example Opah Muchinguri as seen on Gambakwe Midea) have been quoted calling the former President a sell-out.  Then now, being at the whim of the Mugabe family as to whether or not she will attend the funeral.  The Coup not coup, that helped to removed Mugabe, is without doubt etched within the mind of a grieving Widow, who now seems to have the whip hand over the President.  It seems unclear, whether Mnangagwa will bury his political father.  If the ZANU PF media machine play their cards wrong, Leo Mugabe’s quote on ENCA Published on Youtube on 10 Sep 2019 where he said the Mugabe family will, along with the Chiefs have the deciding verdict on where Mugabe will be buried, could be a permanent part of Mnangagwa’s legacy, thus making it more than just a priority for Mnangagwa to be able to bury Mugabe at the Heroes Acre. 

Will there be a command burial?  Will the Mugabe family be able to leave Zimbabwe, and will they be allowed to leave Zimbabwe after the burial?  Will they stay silent, or will they one day talk?   Are just some of the questions that have been asked behind closed doors.  Considering that the same Government and Party have led countless numbers of people to the Diaspora, where sometimes Children are not able to bury their parents, or visa versa for economic reasons, or for fear of persecution, leaves the majority of folk in the Diaspora looking on with mixed feelings.

The latest example of Zimbabweans deserving better is seen in the apparent statements coming from the Zimbabwean executive office.  It has been reported that the office of the President of Zimbabwe, has advised South Africa’s President to use, “a little force,” in the South Africa Xenophobia attacks.  The South African Police have been using rubber bullets, baton sticks and have made numerous arrests.  One thus wonders how much extra force could be used without the South African army being deployed in the streets of Johannesburg South Africa.  This thus leaves Zimbabweans in no doubt that the executive office does believe in the use of force.  With the recent high-profile abductions, arrests and the ongoing suppression of free speech and the right to express ones self, the use of force is more than likely the modus operandi of the Executive office, the government in Zimbabwe and their proxies.  This shows, ZANU PF is not a person, it is a machine.

Unlike the Zimbabwean President’s statements, other African Presidents’ have out right condemned the South African Xenophobia attacks and have offered sanctuary and assistance for their Citizens who have been affected in South Africa.  They have thus shown that they do indeed have their Citizens welfare at heart.

As Uncle Sam says, “Zimbabweans have long deserved better….”

By Thabo Makuyana

Saturday 7 September 2019

ZHRO, MDC celebrate

Monday 2nd September 2019

No Trade Without Human Rights

The Successful planned protest against Trade Without Human Rights was held on Monday 2nd September 2019.

MDC and ZHRO Activists Outside Amba Hotel
Following press releases on and to confirm that the Zimbabwe Outward Trade Mission was taking place, the MDC and ZHRO leadership decided to push through the already planned protest of this event.  The planned protest was in response to the lack of human rights and kleptocracy in Zimbabwe.  Especially the ill-treatment Zimbabwean women, are still facing in Zimbabwe at the hands of ZANU PF and its proxies.  The most recent high profile being that of Gonyeti and Muchaina who were recently brutalised, then earlier Farirai Gumbonzvanda, a girls’ rights activist and community volunteer with the Rozaria Memorial Trust who is apparently serving a twenty year jail term of imprisonment, for apparently subverting a constitutional government, which Under Section 22 of Zimbabwe’s Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, “subversion of a constitutional government” is a treason charge.  It carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. 

Stanford Biti Portfolio Secretary for International affairs for MDC, attended the event.  When asked about the atmosphere at the Zimbabwe Outward Trade Mission he said, “The atmosphere was sombre.  The whole room was decorated in black, like as if we were at a funeral.  Zimbabwe has a colourful flag and I was expecting it (the decorations) to be colourful.  When asked about the attendance he said, “the attendance was not pleasing at all.  We (Zimbabweans) have the colonial mentality that the investor is the white man, and what the Government is forgetting is that the investor is actually the Zimbabweans in the diaspora. 
Stanford Biti Speaking to ZHRO and MDC members outside Amba Hotel

He added saying, “Our parents never taught us to borrow money.  They taught us to work and Zimbabweans do work.  Our parents have bought houses not with borrowed money, but with hard cash.  However, what the Zimbabwe Government is actually looking to do is borrowing money, taking it to Zimbabwe, squandering it and that does not work.  This is what they have been doing for the past 37 years and now no one will borrow them money, so what they need to do is rethink their policies and practices and understand that we have to use our own resources to prop up Zimbabwe.  The Zimbabwean government is a government with no priorities.”

He continued saying, “Yes I am in the MDC and we should also look at taking over as a Government by,  (1) learning what ZANU PF is going through, (2) understand what we going to inherit and (3) we need to understand that we would need to move Zimbabwe forward.  These things cannot be separated, so this is why it was important for me to attend this event.

Finally he said “I’m coming in putting on a suit and tie and I’m talking to someone from Zimbabwe putting on jeans.  They are not serious.  Would a serious government get A 23 year old boy to come and speak to Richard Brandson?  The impression which you give shows that you are not serious in business.  The people who I saw inside did not give me the impression that they will have any effect in the Mnangagwa government.  The people who actually came from Zimbabwe were young boys operating in some other peoples’ briefcases. 

The success of the joint MDC and ZHRO protest, where the high-powered delegation which was expected was either fret, or non-existent, shows that they are potentially on the right path. 
Below is a link to the Human rights watch website, where Farirai Gumbonzvanda and others are mentioned.

At the time of writing New Zimbabwe published an article that quoting ZimTrade CEO, Allan Majuru who is leading a delegation of Zimbabwean businesses at the ongoing Outward Trade Mission to the UK has called on the diaspora to engage the delegation in promoting trade and mutually beneficial business partnerships. The event is a private led initiative and will kickstart with a Trade and Investment seminar at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in central Birmingham, 2 Bridge St, B1 2JZ.  The Outward Trade Mission is being facilitated by ZimTrade.

There are a few questions that investors will obviously be asking and the main ones will be, (1) Can I take my money out , (2) Can I have 100% ownership of my own company, (3) Will my assets be safe, considering just earlier this year there were land seizures and human rights abuses.  This therefore highlights the simple fact that MDC and ZHRO have been screaming.  Human rights and Property rights run side by side and one cannot be attained without the other.

Those who attended made so much noise Amba Hotel got security guards and the police to attend.  At one point, the hotel staff tried to get the protesters to be quiet.  This spurned the protesters on to make even more noise as the cause is a just cause.  “If you don’t want protesters at your door, next time don’t take bookings from them(ZANU PF),” said Chipo Parirenyatwa.  It was and is still not clear who brought barricades for the protesters.  The response that was given when the protesters were asked to go into the barricades was, “We get jailed in Zimbabwe for protesting peacefully, now you want to do the same to us here.  No, we are not going into the pens.  We are not animals.”

The protest ended shortly after Stanford Biti came to address those who were outside Amba Hotel, in Charing Cross, London.  Over 20 attended the successful planned peaceful protest.

By Thabo Makuyana

Tuesday 3 September 2019

ZHRO Weekly Vigil 28 August 2019

ZHRO Vigil 28 August 2019

Reuniting Trade and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

The planned ZHRO weekly Vigil protest on the 28th August 2019, started rather slowly.  The mood at the Vigil was one of haplessness until word broke that there might be a Trade Mission from Zimbabwe to the UK which could include Mthuli Ncube.  Mtuli Ncube is the Zimbabwe Finance Minister.  Despite an Oxford University education and various jobs in finance, he actually inherited an economy that had less than 4% inflation before the fall of Mugabe, then within 24 months managed to catastrophically fail to run the economy.  It went from just ticking along, to over 500% inflation. 

The pure recklessness of this man has led to most of the Demonstrations in Zimbabwe this year.  It has been reported that he has a surplus, yet, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is having to load shed electricity and thus leading to 18 hour power outages per day.  The Hospitals are so underfunded, bandages are washed, hung out to dry and re-used.  Incubators are left off for those 18 hrs of load shedding as the hospitals do not have the money to buy fuel for their generators. 

War Veterans, who are mostly pensioners now, are being forced to live on less than £0.50 (Fifty pence) per day.  Teachers earn less than £50 (Fifty Great British pounds ) per month.  Civil servants are constantly threatening strikes as their salaries have been so eroded by the apparent structural adjustment programs, they sleep at work, to avoid paying daily fares to travel to and from work.  All this is being done by a man who in a recent video did not even know the price of bread within his own economy.

The same man has not uttered a word publicly, to condemn the brutality that the people of Zimbabwe are facing at the hands of the police and proxies of the Government he represents.  Even old ladies have not been spared, during brutal crackdowns.

When the announcement came of the possibility of Mtuli Ncube traveling to the UK, the Vigil attendees did not even need to be asked whether or not to protest on the day.  All were so eager, plans were already afoot by the ZHRO London Chair to change the Wednesday vigil from Wednesday 4th to Monday the 2nd of September 2019.  “We will meet at Amba hotel” he said.  “Please be on time he asked.” 

Special thanks go to the following, Molly Ngavaimbe who gave us the opening prayer.  The singing and chanting which was shared mostly by, Mary Mateyerwa and Rashiwe Bayisayi.  Thanks to Philip Mahlahla for the photos.  Tryness Ncube brought many treats that reminded everyone of home which included, Chibage, Muriwo and cookies.  All these treats were not for sale and were enjoyed by all presnt.  Thank you to Sarah and Rashiwe Bayisayi who brought the tables, banners and tent, all the way from the South Coast to London, which they have been doing week in, week out.  They also brought tea, coffee, and some more cookies, which were shared and enjoyed by all.

Kingstone Jambawo gave some advise on the upcoming ZHRO anual meeting.  

Those who attended as per the official ZHRO Vigil Register were Mary Muteyerwa, Thulani Nyemba, Molly Ngavaimbe, Tapiwa Muskwe, Stella Mandiranga, Chegika Lifa Phiri, Rashiwe Bayisayi, Thabo Makuyana, Nehemiah Musonza, Tryness Ncube, Philip Mahlahla and Kingstone Jambawo.  Sarah bayisayi attended the Vigil but did not sign the register.  Chinaza John-Okoh from Nigeria attended as a guest.  She came with Stella Mandiranga.

Other news includes the following
:- The Herald, Zimbabwe’s leading print News paper has showed discontent with the USA Ambassador to Zimbabwe for amongst other things advocating for Human Rights.
:- Zim, has reported that the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to speed up reforms in Zimbabwe and advance democratic reforms in a brief meeting in Japan on Friday.
:- @TimoOlkkonen E.U. Ambassador has tweeted, “We have supported the Government’s reform agenda, although we would have loved it to move faster.  However, with constant reports about human rights violations, it can not be business as usual from an EU perspective!”

To find out more, join ZHRO, attend one the weekly protest vigils or other events and to offer your support please contact.

Kingstone Jambawo                        079 048 61744
Sarah Bayisayi                                 078 772 87869
Phillip Mahlahla                              074 528 28229

By Thabo Makuyana

By Lyndsey Zaranyika

Tears of a Broken woman


Last week in Zimbabwe, one of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) (Zimbabwe’s main opposition party) youth Sekai Marashe aka Muchaina (pictured) was brutalised and assaulted.  Where is the woman’s rights?  Where is the protection and where is the democracy?  Those in power, in the government are meant to protect the woman.  Instead, they spread malicious lies.  Dr Energy Mudoti a prominent ZANU PF minister tweeted, “no matter how democratic our government can be, we can never guarantee that drunkards & prostitutes stop fighting”.  For a minister to stoop that low in attack of a vulnerable young woman instead of protecting her is gut wrenchingly sickening.  He is using his platform and authority to discredit the crying, the broken and the vulnerable. 

Not Just Sekai but also a well-known comedian, Samatha Kureya aka “Gonyeti,” who uses her talent, humour, wit and her platform to be an activist against the Zanu pf regime was abducted, tortured, threatened and told to stop and not speak of it.  They broke her but she will fight on and the National News paper, The herald has gone and published her full name and address to continue the intimidation. 

The same Zanu pf minister is trying to use Gonyeti’s comic nature by lying.  He implies that she was not attacked but is doing a skit for her coming show, by lying helpless in a hospital bed.  He tweeted, “Gonyeti Gonyeti did a comedy on police accommodation & it’s apparent she has done another one on abductions. We will not be fooled.”

ZANU Pf and it’s thugs are really trying to fool everyone and silence everyone.  I say Enough of you breaking our sisters and mothers.  All they are trying to do is stand up for what is right.  They are trying to be a voice for the voiceless.  Let’s expose this brutality enough of this brokenness, enough of those tears.  Just as FGM is a crime and is not tolerated in the UK, the State Brutalisation of Women cannot be condoned.  Save the humanity of our woman #enoughisenough .—

I am calling on my Sisters and Mothers in the UK to stand by my side, firstly to protest against the Zimbabwean State sanctioned Outward Trade Mission to UK and Business to Business meetings on Monday 2nd of September in the UK, at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, London and call it for what it is.  It is a Zimbabwean State Sanctioned crime against Humanity.  Secondly I am calling on all my Sisters and Mothers in the rest of the world to protest wherever they can, especially at the United Nations Later this Month, against giving a podium to a Dictator called Mnangagwa for allowing the brutalisation of Women.

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