Wednesday, 30 March 2022

ZHRO Walk for Freedom Week-by-Week

ZHRO activists are walking for freedom from different areas of UK 🇬🇧.  

The road ahead: Walk for Freedom

On the 16 of March 2022 at Walton Park, I walked campaigning for Zimbabweans , facing serious human rights breached daily by Zanu PF government. People of Zimbabwe are crying every second for freedom of speech, freedom of health and freedom of voting without intimidation (etc).

Shibden Park -Flag

As I continue with my campaign for Human Rights. 23 March 2022, I went to Shibden Park, raising Zimbabwean flag. We need our freedom to choose the party we want to support and the brutality of Zanu PF against Human Rights Activists, state
media and CCCZimbabwe must stop immediately. 


30 March 2022, walking around Batley wearing ZHRO t-shirt , campaigning for our freedom, not to be silenced by Zanu PF government and all Zimbabwean must have their rights freely. 

Shibden Park

So on 13-14th August 2022 I will again start out from Brighton Pier to trek the 105km to Hampton Court, London some 28 or more hours walking - including a night section!


@ZHRO
@Myrights2vote
@CCCZimbabwe
@ZimbabweanLivesMatter

Report by:

Mevis Mutsvangwa

Based in Batley

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Public Abuse of Mary Chiwenga

I am appalled by the public humiliation of Mary Chiwenga over a domestic matter. The allegations begun in 2019 after there was a rumour, she was divorcing Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. She was arrested on charges of money laundering, disconnecting medical equipment attached to Vice President, fraud and violating exchange control regulations charges she denied. She was a scapegoat to Emmerson Mnangagwa pledge to eradicate corruption.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/15/zimbabwe-arrests-vice-presidents-wife-over-fraud-allegations

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/16/zimbabwe-vp-wife-charged-trying-to-kill-husband-chiwenga

Mary was further arrested in 2020 over alleged assault of family maid, Delight Munyoro following an altercation over children's custody at Hellenics School in Borrowdale. She was barred from accessing her children. Mary Chiwenga won her High Court appeal for custody of the couple's three minors and access to their matrimonial home, but VP Chiwenga filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court so that his case can be dealt with urgency.
https://allafrica.com/stories/202001300920.html

Mary was dragged to court in 2020 on a stretcher bed. She had her passport surrendered to the courts denying her access to medical equipment while the Vice President flies private jet abroad for check-ups. Mary’s arm bore lesions and were severely swollen, could barely raise her head.
https://www.news24.com/news24/africa/news/zimbabwe-vps-estranged-wife-goes-to-court-on-stretcher-bed-due-to-critical-illness-20201130


Mary made a heartfelt address stating how the Vice President had hired hitman and that he is after her blood in court. She appealed to the public for assistance stating among reasons she was being denied access to her children and being denied access to her bank accounts. She stated how she was tormented and harassed by people continuously following her, her cars bugged, her parents being followed and anyone assisting her was beaten up. She accused the Vice President of using opioids and Vice Health Minister making them unfit for office.
https://www.newzimbabwe.com/marry-mubaiwa-claims-ex-hubby-chiwenga-hired-hitman-to-kill-her/

Mary was further remanded in prison without trial in 2021 as it took more that 15 months for the state to close its matter. Mary was arrested before a full investigation had been completed. The case highlights how judiciary and executive are inter-twined there by absents of rule of law. Mary was denied access to health care a basic human right. Mubaiwa is worried with her bail conditions to surrender her passport which have resulted in her failing to travel to South Africa. She needs urgent treatment after she was diagnosed with severe lymphoedema which has caused gross swelling of both hands and feet” and “large open wounds on both arms with some degree of granulation.
https://nehandaradio.com/2021/04/27/pre-investigation-arrests-15-months-on-state-not-ready-for-mary-chiwenga-trial/

Lazini Ncube at the Harare Magistrate court detained Mary for 10 days awaiting medical examinations by two medical doctors. The High suspended the decision calling it, capricious” and “arbitrary”. This just shows the conflict of interest between the rule of law and Executive influenced decisions.
https://www.facebook.com/zimbolivetv/posts/3143628305912358

https://www.herald.co.zw/marry-mubaiwa-remanded-in-custody-3/
 I am upset how this has been accepted as normal and gone unchallenged. The Zimbabwean feminists have been quite about it and failed to stand up for Mary. Linda Masarira leader of the Lead opposition party had the audacity to come out in public saying Mary Chiwenga deserved what she got. The lack of empathy and compassion is worrying as a woman. If Mary has done wrong, she deserves to be dealt with in court without the influence of the Vice President as a weapon to make her suffer.
https://www.newzimbabwe.com/marry-chiwenga-deserves-what-she-is-getting-linda-masarira/

https://allafrica.com/stories/202110060683.html 

Researched and written by Mercy Netsai GOMO

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

41 Years Ago in Zimbabwe

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Harare was the Sunshine City of Africa

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Many could not believe Harare was in Africa

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Citizens living in cities did not know anything about boreholes

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Citizens living in the cities did not have any idea of sewage sites

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Our Hospitals were the best in Africa and compare favourably to those in Europe & America

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
All cities had running clean water

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We did not have potholes

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We did not have load shedding

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had a well-established formal sector

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had the best urban commuter transport system in Africa

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We did not have kombis for public transport

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had CSC supplying the who country with quality economic beef

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had Dairy Marketing Board supplying the whole country with fresh milk

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We Grain Marketing Board supplying the whole country with maize and mealie meal

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had functional NRZ providing daily train service between Harare and Bulawayo and also Harare and Mutare

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had an efficient rural transport system dominated by enterprising black businessmen. These included Matambanadzo, Ngonidzaishe, Ruredzo, Nyamweda, BNC, Modern, Mucheche, Mverechena and many others.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had functional rural how established by missionaries with readily available ambulance services ferrying the sick for free.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had functional rural council clinics

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had organized private taxis operated by very disciplined staff, remember Rixi, A1 and Creamline

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Bulawayo's Belmont industries was the industrial hub of Zimbabwe with an advanced industrial infrastructure in second only to South Africa.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had an enterprising manufacturing sector with comprised of a vibrant textile industry

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had a medium size national airline which had 16 commercial planes plying both local and regional routes with efficiency.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had an established pension schemes which provided retiring citizens with deserving comfort upon reaching retirement age

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Teachers had dignity amongst the community and were role models for everyone.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
The Government gave doctors and nurses Respect and dignity they deserve by talking good care of them

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Education was a surety to a successful profession and a stable life

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We did not have inflation

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Zimbabwean had a strong currency with our Zimbabwean dollar being stronger than the US dollar with a stable exchange rate of 1 ZWD = 2 USD

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Everyone was assured of a well-paying job after school

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Everyone from all corners of the world wanted to be in our country. Our neighbours continued to come to work and live in our countries and those from the North also did the same.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had no fuel queues

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We had no bank queues

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
Everyone could eat bread for breakfast and everyone could eat beef everyday

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
We were not paying for tertiary education, be it nursing, teaching, apprenticeships, polytechnic or University, the state paid.

"41 YEAR’s ᴀɢᴏ"
There were no state sponsored abductions and disappearances.

"41 YEAR’S ᴀɢᴏ"
There were plenty of jobs in the cities, actually the industries were not just understaffed but  had surplus of vacancies. Everyone would be employed any day any time, it was just a matter of knocking on the company gate.

My fellow citizens, 41 years ago an elite greedy minority group took over an orderly functional country with an enterprising growing economy. These are hard ғᴀᴄᴛs ғᴏʀ ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ's ʟɪғᴇ. 41yrs ago was 1980, all this taken away from us.

As forwarded by Beverley Mutandiro
 

Monday, 22 November 2021

Gender equality in Zimbabwe


Pubished in The Star Early Edition 27 Oct 2021
 

ZIMBABWEAN women’s lives matter. They have the ability to achieve similar goals to men.

I wonder why the Zimbabwean government encourages discrimination towards women, such as in land distribution and ownership, equality or professional recognition and sexual bribery, in Parliament and in the local authorities.


It is sad that the Electoral Act does not include mechanisms to ensure that women are equally represented in the 1,958 wards and also make constitutional provisions for 50/50 representation in parliament and in the local authorities, where they have only 978 seats. 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa should open his eyes and see that increasing women’s visibility in politics is beneficial for democratic participation and lowers level of corruption, which restore faith in government and improves government performance.

If he is unable to implement positive changes, then he should hand over to a capable candidate.

BEVERLEY TSITSI MUTANDIRO | Human Rights Activist

Zimbabwe should empower women in politics to lead and govern

The Star Late Edition 15 Nov 2021

WOMEN in politics have shown greater abilities and strength to govern and to lead.

Angela Merkel of Germany, Jacinda Ardern and Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan are examples of female politicians who are discharging their duties with excellence and success.

It’s frustrating that in Zimbabwe most people have negative attitudes toward women who are politicians particularly the Zimbabwean government.

Women in politics are often treated unfairly and the current government is unwilling to change so that women can join politics without thinking much about the negative sentiments.

Zimbabwean women remain under-represented in leadership roles even though they have demonstrated strong leadership, particularly Fadzayi Mahere, who is the spokesperson for the opposition political party MDC Alliance.

The barriers for women in Zimbabwe to enter the political fields include political party policies, media bias and lack of appreciation that women play crucial roles in Zimbabwean society.

Some women who are from the opposition and activists are harassed, ill-treated and demeaned, which discourages other women to join politics.

The Zanu-PF government has failed to empower women into politics and therefore all women in Zimbabwe should seriously vote out President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2023. 

BEVERLEY TSITSI MUTANDIRO | UK

Zimbabwean prisoners affiliated to MDC Alliance persecuted daily

 As Published in Cape Argus 29 Sep 2021

I AM totally heartbroken and sorrowful of the continued human rights violations in Zimbabwe that are inflicted on anyone who has a different opinion or assumed to be singing different words from the ruling party Zanu-PF led by the clueless, careless and corrupt president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The pro-democracy campaigner and MDC Alliance youth leader Makomborero Haruzivishe has pleaded his innocence of been convicted of inciting public violence by whistling.

He is considered a top criminal hence is being monitored in a maximum-security prison where he is now being strangled (choked) at night by inmates suspected to be the government agents of persecutions.

The Zimbabwe prison system has failed to adhere to its mission statement which include to ensure safety to the prisoners, their constitutional provisions and rights.

There are many prisoners who died in the prisons and no proper investigations were done or efforts to prevent the loss of lives in Zimbabwean prisons.

The world, particularly countries that host massive numbers of Zimbabwean migrants such as South

Africa, Canada, New Zealand, UK and Australia should raise their concerns over the ill-treatments of prisoners affiliated to MDC Alliance party and in this instance of Haruzivishe.

If these countries remain silent about the grave human rights issues in Zimbabwe, they will continue to receive an unprecedented flow of migrants from Zimbabwe.

The world should pile pressure on president Mnangagwa to stop persecuting Makomborero Haruzivishe and other citizens.

BEVERLEY TSITSI MUTANDIRO | Middlesex, UK

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

ED FAILED COP26 SUMMIT VISIT

ED Mnangagwa was invited for COP26 visit but did not fully comprehend the purpose of the meeting and faced world-wide resentment due to his gross human rights violations against the people of Zimbabwe. 

Zanu PF UK "Booze Cruise"
It was hypocrisy to address world leaders on climate change when he flew in a private jet. ED’s delegation comprised church leaders and opportunists who had no business there. The President of Zambia Hichilema flew economy with a delegation of two people playing his part in saving the planet.  ED also feared the Air Zimbabwe plane would have been confiscated by debt collectors on arrival. 

https://www.zimlive.com/2021/11/01/amid-booze-fuelled-welcome-mnangagwa-thumps-chest-at-rare-uk-visit/
 

The Summit was a flop as he addressed an empty hall as nobody was interested in listening to what he had to say. ED did not receive any financial grants to use renewable energy like other African countries. The only fruitful meeting he had with the EU delegation was affirmation that availability of support to Zimbabwe was subject to reforms on human rights violations. Ed was confined to his hotel room and summit parameters despite it being his first visit to Europe in over 25 years and is on individual targeted sanctions.  

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/11/empty-chairs-as-ed-addresses-cop26/


Scotland demonstration was very peaceful as we were protected by huge friendly Police presence. The demonstration received massive coverage on social media, television and local newspapers. We alerted the whole world about the human rights violations, abductions and torture under ED Mnangagwa leadership. 

ED Mnangagwa has failed to provide necessities, like clean water and sanitation services for the people of Zimbabwe thereby has no contribution at the Climate Change Summit. You must pick up the litter first before you discuss recycling and the Capital City if filthy with piles of rubbish everywhere and running sewage in the streets. 

https://globalpressjournal.com/africa/zimbabwe/local-government-services-crumble-amid-economic-woes-pandemic/

The Government tried to infiltrate our demonstration by sending people like Masimba Mavaza a 'controversial' immigration lawyer who allegedly defrauded Zimbabweans of hundreds of thousands £ of the hard-earned cash. 

He is a clown Zanu P.F fanatic supporter and 'planted' rogue Central Intelligence Officer [CIO] playing politics for the belly at the expense of the people of Zimbabwe suffering under the regime. He targets human rights activists and opposition to silence those speaking against the regime. 

He invaded our protest on a false pretext of freedom to demonstrate; a human right denied to the people of Zimbabwe by the regime he supports. 

The Police denied him to protest among us because of our clashing opinions and the Police 'assisted' him with a walk of shame miles away out of sight. 

The following day he staged his unsuccessful demo with 4 people as nobody supports his cause and was only covered in the local state-controlled newspaper any normal person would never read. 

He was so hurt that he penned an article based on a false narrative, full of hate, green lies, bitterness and a fruitless attempt to derail human rights advocacy. It’s a shame the state has its mouthpiece and puppets as no qualified objective journalists would ever publish such vile narrative. 

https://nehandaradio.com/2021/08/12/a-rebuttal-of-the-masimba-mavaza-narrative-of-linking-deported-criminals-to-mdc-alliance/

The regime tried damage limitation after a successful demonstration against Ed Mnangagwa COP26 visit by a failed welcome ceremony. 

The regime offered attendees 2US$, free meal and transport which is the reason they attended; as an average person survives on less than US$5:50 a day so they are coerced. 

The President's public address was embarrassing as he lied to the people of Zimbabwe by playing the bigger man and how U.S.A President and U.K President was keen to re-engage with his government. He published in the local paper the general photos World Leaders pose together to emphasize global unity as a testimony of his engagement in private dialogue one on one with powerful heads.

Zimbabweans arrive in Glasgow to Protest
https://www.herald.co.zw/ecstasy-as-president-returns/

Our message is clear, stop human rights abuse, engage rule of law, follow the constitution, end the violence, abductions, tortures, provide good governance as demanded in the constitution. 

The Government can spew all types of propaganda, send Pastors to lobby or blame its failures on
sanctions, but until it reforms Zanu PF will always be an outcast. The E.U delegation reiterated the same message to ED Mnangagwa that support is only available if he reforms. Our demonstration was a success and in agreement with the rest of the world.

By Primrose KAVINGA.