Tuesday 17 December 2019

ZHRO Wednesday Vigil 11 December 2018

Rovai Madhemo Rovai
ZHRO Vigil 11th Dec 2019 by Rashiwe Bayisayi

ZHRO (Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation) members, met on the 11th of December 2019 to protest against firstly, the ongoing human rights abuses and secondly, the ongoing lack of provision of basic human rights in Zimbabwe. 
They made plenty of noise outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London at 429 The Strand and resolved that, Zimbabweans need to become more radical. Zimbabweans all over need to act and act now.

Following the latest damning Zimbabwe Situational Report, by the Independent United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Dr Hilal Elver.  The ZANU PF regime should be truly ashamed as the report into the prevailing food situation in Zimbabwe was honest and true. People have not just been impoverished, they are at risk of man made starvation and millions could die. Zimbabwe's well reported lack of Electricity for 24 hours at a time, lack of Healthcare which is a basic Human Right, is not being provided by the Zimbabwe Government and for many when including the lack of clean water, the situation on the ground is not just dire, it is profoundly desperate.

Adding insult to injury, and virtually rubbing salt into fresh wounds, as if the above was not enough.  As noted and again highlighted with concern by another Independent UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful Assembly and of association, by Mr ClĂ©ment Nyaletsossi Voule ,a ban on all protests held by MDC (Movement for Democratic Change the official opposition) and other civic organisations which are systematically and violently crushed all over Zimbabwe, by the heavily armed ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police).  Acting as proxies (or Dogs) of ZANU PF (Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front) (Whom to many are illegitimately ruling Zimbabwe), ZHRO members on this day, all had one aim in mind. "To Protest and think of other possible, peaceful Civil Disobedience acts, that could be taken up in the future."

On this day, the return of Rashiwe Bayisayi, jeered up all those gathered to really make noise.  Towards the end of the vigil, she played the drums and lead the song Rovai Madhemo (Hit the streets).  It was sung with so much passion, those gathered felt that this could be used as a rallying call to encourage Zimbabweans all over the world, to be strong, to be brave, courageous and demonstrate against the Junta, through peaceful means such as protesting.

Zimbabweans all over the world are now suffering because of the situation in Zimbabwe.  No one with a heart would refuse to hear the cries of their kith and kin. Hunger caused mostly by the rampant corruption which even the IMF has covered as published the U.K. FT news paper, has brought Zimbabwe to its knees.  People now feel they have suffered enough and there is the need to react to show the Junta, the masses are angry. More will come in the ZHRO Vigil Protests, however is you would like to join, come and join us at the Protest Vigil.

A huge thank you goes to all who attended.  A special thank you to John Burke and Rashiwe Bayisayi who travelled all the way from the South of England with the drums banners and other equipment for the planned vigil.  A special thank you too to Barbra Ncube who was handing out flyers, to who was taking most of the photos, to Tinotenda Chihope, Molly Ngavaimbe and Rashiwe Bayisayi who led the singing and again to Rashiwe Bayisayi for playing the drum so well.

Those who attended as per the register were, Panashe Muyeye, Winnie Mabuzane, Marlene Mtendagai, Rangarirai Chivaviro, Thabo Makuyana, Tinotenda Chihope, Clinton Siniwa, Phillip J Mahlahla, Barbra Ncube, Zenzo Siziba, Elector Zvorwadza, Flemming Diza, Molly Ngavaimbe, Sibongile Bvungidzire, Alfredy Mukuvare, Tapiwa Muskwe, Nehemiah Musonza, Tryness Ncube.

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By ZHRO Team

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