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Opinion Piece 14th November 2021 by John Burke, Founder of ZHRO
Zanu PF UK and Europe District:
On Wednesday the 10th of November a rumour started to circulate;
Patson Muzuwa received a phone call from one Masimba Muvaza, who made the assertion that an article will appear in the Herald [Zimbabwe - Zanu PF supporting Newspaper], written by him, with the subject being myself.
I jokingly penned this piece that afternoon. In fact, I had a missed phone call from Mavaza myself! But knowing that he is a poor-man’s Zanu PF CIO and failed Zanu PF UK member, I let it slide.
“Rumour has it that The Herald in Zimbabwe, will publish an article by Masimba Mavaza, claiming that I paid all the protesters in Glasgow £300 each [if only that were true!!]. Oh and also, I am sleeping with several different Zimbabwean women!! And that's why so many protesters were there!! This is pure distraction, designed to take our "eye off the prize" [Zanu PF must Go!]. It's also so Mavaza can try and re-claim his position within Zanu PF, due to him acknowledging Chief Ndiweni by name and title in an interview last night on Zim Eye!!
Retuning to the task in hand I continued with:
So we will deliver our petition to 10 Downing Street tomorrow - and at 14:15 tomorrow a new article will appear on the https://zhro.org.uk/human-rights-uk/ with direct access to the written petition so please share when that arrives
We duly handed over the 36 page written evidence based petition on Thursday 11th November 2021 at 14:00 as planned. The 50 plus group of Zimbabweans who joined us acted together, with ZHRO, ROHR Zimbabwe, MDCA and ZAPU members acting in unison on this particular project. As we did in Glasgow on the 1st and 2nd November 2021.-
The post event write up is here: Petition to 10 Downing Street on 11th November 2021
On this page there is a live link to the actual petition in PDF format: for ease of access that link is here: COP26 Follow-Up and Zanu PF UK/Mnangagwa's Criminality Petition - 11th November 2021
The Petition is a hard-hitting exposé of the crimes of Emmerson D Mnangagwa and the problem of ZANU PF, the party he currently heads. The Petition also cites ZANU PF UK and Europe [an organisation based in the Midlands of the UK], but also Zanu PF USA and Zanu PF Russia.
We went on to speculate that the possibilities for Money Laundering out of Zimbabwe, to Russia and the UK needs to be investigated. We also cited the covert intimidation meted out on some of those who took part in the highly successful COP26 [Glasgow] protests, by this UK based group, and we referred to them as a “Terrorist Cell”. Given the criminal damage and threats received – we can only assume that they are either taking instructions from the party in Zimbabwe or acting ‘under their own initiative’ – either way these behaviours are completely unacceptable in the UK.
We did a write up of the protests in Glasgow regarding the inappropriate behaviours by Zanu PF UK and Zimbabwe, which has regrettably made Zimbabwe a laughingstock.
We also questioned the need for the 130 “delegates and Ministers” who attended COP26 with another article called “How Many Zimbabwe Ministers does it take to Change a Lightbulb”
On to the Offensive Article by Masimba Mavaza
We now think that Mavaza “decided” to retaliate on behalf of Zanu PF UK, to our evidence-based assertions as described and shown above [the full items are available using the live web-Links].
However, things have now taken a turn for the worse, with a direct attack on the professionalism, honesty and integrity of myself as the founder of ZHRO, in an error-strewn article penned by the so called “Doctor” Masimba Mavaza! Published on Saturday 13th November 2021 around 7:30am.
I will cite some of the more preposterous passages, for readers to review, and consider if they already know me. Furthermore, as one of the key organisers for previous petitions, handed in to 10 Downing Street, The “Walk for Freedom” annual 105km challenge [ Walk for Freedom - 105km ] and the Glasgow COP26 protests against the Zanu PF ‘Booze Cruise’ Delegation, this assault upon my character and professionalism cannot go unanswered. As an example of the spread of this written ‘effluent’, colleagues at my partner’s work have asked her about this article. It seems that bad news travels fastest!
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This article is published at 14:15 today [11th November 2021] AFTER the Petition Hand-Over to Boris Johnson and Co at 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, London. SW1A 2AA. This will appear automatically to allow the public to see the body of our petition for themselves. We feel it is a matter for public debate, that the Regime who have taken over in Zimbabwe needs to be exposed due to corruption, mismanagment and gross human rights abuses.
Thereafter we may walk to the FCDO Offices to shout about why their faith in Zanu PF and Emmerson D Mnangagwa, and the Zanu PF 'cabal' is entirely misplaced!
Order of the Day
We had congregated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy located at 429 The Strand, London WC2R 0JS from 11:00am onwards - or whatever time people arrived from all over the UK - those from Newcastle or Scotland, have got our sympathies for the length of journey. To keep costs down it is invariably by coach! Often leaving at midnight or the 'early' hours. Moses Mbano has done this trip several times! From Newcastle today, we met with John, George and Margret.
With us today were Sheperd Yuda, Chief Ndiweni and many other free thinking Zimbabweans, and other supporters of justice and freedom!
By 13:30 [1:30pm] we moved off from the Embassy, via Trafalgar Square, to first Whitehall, then we congregated opposite the entrance to 10 Downing Street. We sang, danced and played the drum whilst we awaited the 14:00 timeslot to enter the security corden around 10 Downing St. Each of the six Zimbabwean petitioners, Sipilien Birani, Malvern Dengu, Shamiso Moyo, Tryness Ncube, Model Pamire and Zakhele Maphosa, had been vetted by the Diplomatic Police Unit up to 10 days prior to entry. They had photo-ID with them to support that vetting process. On our Flickr Album Page you can see their progress, and of the rest of the day as a photo-log plus a few videos too!
Once beyond the gate to Downing Street the petitioners were at liberty [and we encoraged them to do so] - to take photographs of themselves as a group and individually. Several of the photos at the door to Number 10, were actually taken by one of the Policemen there! As Yuda, proclaimed to his listeners - come to the UK as the Police here treat you so well!
After they returned to the main group situated opposite the entrance to Downing Street, the petitioners were greeted with cheers and more music! ...and dancing! see video on our Flickr page above!
It was at that stage that this pre-arranged article with its link to the PDF Petition document became publicly available arounf 14:15. Please read, consider and circulate.
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Thursday the 21st of October 2021: 429 The Strand, LONDON. Outside The Zimbabwe Embassy - it was sunny. 60 plus Zimbabweans and those who felt the invitation to a dictator in Zimbabwe to attend COP26 was a step too far [even if the UK is the Host and Alok Sharma has been made this year's "President"]
UPDATE: 22nd October 2021: Click below to see a full copy of the petition to 10 Downing Street. In addition we were fortunate enough to have the support of Chief NhlaNhla Yamangwe NDIWENI join with us for this cause. He gave an excellent interview outside the Zimbabwe Embassy at noon on the 21st October, just before we set off for 10 Downing Street. His understanding of the Climatic Impacts upon Zimbabwe, and the current Environmental degradation being carried out under the [apparent permission] of the incumbent Zanu PF "Ruling" Party [as opposed to a Government] [of the people]
Link to our PETITION to 10 Downing Street, Questioning the decision to allow [illegal] President Mnangagwa and his 50 "Security Team" into the UK. The petition was a joint effort by the UK and Ireland representatives of Movement for Democratic Change Alliance [MDCA]– the de facto opposition party in Zimbabwe [no matter what the Zanu PF regime tells us]; Zimbabwe African People's Union [ZAPU] - founded in 1961 until 1980. and it was relaunched in 2008; Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe [ROHR] in the UK – A Human Rights Group in Zimbabwe; and ZHRO. Contributors were as follows: Ms Vimbai Mamombe MDCA; Model Pamire MDCA; Leo Ndlovu ZAPU; John Burke ZHRO and Panyika Karimanzira ROHR Zimbabwe. In addition many others helped in the formulation and final editing.
In addition, Chief F Nhla Nhla Yemangwe Ndiweni from the Ntabazinduna Region. Representing the Ndebele nation with regard to Customs Traditions Practises and norms from the Traditional Houses. ie the whole Southern Half of Zimbabwe was also a signatory to this document.
Link to the Interview by Chief Ndiweni outside the Zimbabwean Embassy at noon on the 21st October 2021. The Chief has a good understanding of the Climate and Environmental issues facing Zimbabwe. It would appear a much better grasp than the incumbent Zanu PF 'Lootocracy' has!!
We all strolled from the Strand, to Trafalgar Square, to Whitehall and then camped outside 10 Downing Street. The atmosphere was great We even "compared notes" with fellow protesters IPOB UKwho were there to make some noise outside 10 Downing Street and then onto the Foreign and Commonwealth Office [round the Corner]. Thanks to Mr and Mrs Mike and Mercy Statter for the background.
We took photos and debated the issues in Zimbabwe. We had the TV teams from Al Jezera with us who interviewed several of the Zimbabwean protestors, including Chief Ndiweni and Beverley Mutandiro.
Those 6 "Petitioners" were led at 14:00 [2:00pm] over to the Gates of number 10 bang on time. Photos inside the gates, will be seen shortly. The Petitioners were Sipilien Birani, Malvern Dengu, Shamiso Moyo, Tryness Ncube, Model Pamire and Zakhele Maphosa.
The photo-album on FLICKR of the day and all who attended can be found on the ZHRO Flickr Album of 21st October at the LINK HERE there were several contributors to the photo and Video log, these were; Mercy Gomo, Primrose Kavinga, Shailet Manyange, Moses Mbano, Abygail Makope, Emmanuel Dzingira, Olive Ruzvidzo, Reuben Waretsa, Phillip Mahlahla, Malvern Dengu, David Kadzutu, Emmaculate Tshuma, Lindah Chenyama, Sipilien Birani, Tryness Ncube, and John Burke.
Also a big thank you to Rashiwe Bayisayi, Sarah Bayisayi, Abygail Makope, Ebson Chigwedere and Phillip Mahlahla for drumming and leading the songs. Thank also to Phillip for carrying the drum from the South Coast [by train!]. Also a note that Moses Mbano actually started the singing and dancing outside the Embassy - but it may have been that he was a little cold, having arrived from Newcastle at a 08:45am!
Thanks also to the two guys from Al Jezara TV who filmed the whole event from 11:00 at the Embassy and until 15:00 outside number 10 Downing Street. Impressed with their dedication.
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We have formally sought permission to deliver a written petition to 10 Downing Street, On the 21st October at 14:00; This petition will cover;
- Regarding the wholly inappropriate invitation extended by the British Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe [Presumably with an OK from the FCO, and possibly the UN - regarding COP26], to invite E D Mnangagwa, [illegally elected] President of Zimbabwe and an entourage of 70 – including 50 “Security Personnel” to the COP26 Climate Conference being held in Glasgow 31st October to 12th November 2021.
- On E D Mnangagwa’s Human Rights record, his political repression record and his non-existent Environmental record we wish to protest in writing this visitation of a despotic tyrant, guilty of Genocide, Murder, Rape and Torture, let alone the institutionalised corruption and looting of all resources to his name.
- We also object to E D Mnangagwa and Zanu PF [Zimbabwe and UK] appalling record for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as promoted by the United Nations [UNSDGs]. Such as, Failed Drinking Water Supplies, Failed Sewage Systems, Failed Electricity supply, Failed Road, Rail and Transport infrastructure and ongoing maintenance, Biased Judiciary, Failed voting system and administration, etc etc.
- Signatories and hand-over team: John C Burke, Tryness Ncube, Olive Ruzvidzo and Kingstone Jambawo - ZHRO; Edgar Makuni, Model Pamire and Shamiso Moyo - MDCA; Malvern Dengu, Nicolate Gwati and Panyika Anselm Karimanzira - ROHR Zimbabwe; Leo Ndlovu and Zakhele Maphosa - ZAPU and other free thinking Zimbabweans and Non-Zimbabweans.
We need to know which other groups, Lords. MP's or Individuals who are sympathetic to this petition and who are willing to lend their name(s) to this cause.
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The following "fluff" piece [of blatant propaganda] was penned by the self professed Dr Masimba Mavaza - a Zanu PF apologist here in the UK.
His reporting of the call for "unity" by this UK cabal, is of particular concern, considering the blatant and often inflicted violence on MDCA members in Zimbabwe. To expect those who have fled Zimbabwe due to oppression and violence, to forgive and forget is disingenuous to say the least. So the question remains, "Why and How are Zanu PF UK allowed to be in the UK when they are clearly linked to the terrorist host organisation in Zimbabwe. Are they here to do Zanu PF's 'laundry'? Are they here to lobby the Home office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to 'paper-over' the oppression and corruption in Zimbabwe? Are they here simply to cause confusion and to infiltrate the legitimate diaspora - with the Zanu PF Junta's violent agenda?
These questions need answers, these members of Zanu PF UK need investigation. Their corporate shareholdings and directorships need to be investigated with a view to pin-pointing their "source of funds". We have started our dossier already.
ZANU PF UK AND ENGLAND [Europe] had their first post-COVID general meeting on Saturday in Northampton, [Northamptonshire,] Midlands in England. The meeting came [about] when [due to] the President of Zimbabwe, cde Emerson Dambudzo MNANGAGWA is marked to visit the United Kingdom in October soon after the ZANU PF 19th Conference in Bindura. [to speak at the COP26 Climate Event in Glasgow - 30th October - 11th November 2021]
The meeting in the UK was chaired by the most senior executive member cde Xavier Muneyi Muzukuru Zavare who is the secretary for Administration and the acting chairman. Cde Xavier Muneyi Muzukuru Zavare became the acting chairman by the action of the law following the death of cde MASIMBA TAWENGWA who passed on in January 2021 due to COVID-19.
In ZANU PF when a chairperson of the party in any portfolio dies the next senior position holder becomes the acting chairperson. In the case of ZANU PF UK cde ZAVARE as the secretary of Administration is a lawfully acting chairperson. ZANU PF UK has been rocked by bickering of positions and looks divided with cde Marshal Gore who is the deputy secretary of administration claiming to be the legitimate Chairman. Cde Gore even though not supported by the ZANU PF constitution is being supported by few heavy weights he claims are at the Head Office and few government officials. Cde Gore did not attend the general meeting which was attended by hundreds[??] of people.