The Zimbabwe Vigil is to stage a protest on Wednesday 6th June against the visit to London by President Michael Sata of Zambia who is a guest at Jubilee celebrations for the Queen.
Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani said ‘Sata is an unashamed apologist for Mugabe. His parroting “Pamberi ne Zanu PF (Forward with Zanu PF)” at last week’s SADC meeting even embarrassed Zanu PF (see: http://www.zimbabwesituation.
He was referring to a meeting of the Southern African Development Community in the Angolan capital Luanda which rejected Mugabe’s demand for early elections before reforms were made in accordance with the political agreement with the former opposition MDC in 2008.
The Zimbabwe Vigil has asked permission from the police hold a protest from 1 – 2 pm outside the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, where President Sata is to attend a lunch hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
The lunch is to be attended by the Queen so if the demonstration is not allowed for security reasons there will be a protest at the Zambian High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG (same time).
Southern Africans will deliver a new broom as a gift to Mr Sata. He was previously a platform sweeper at Victoria Station but we now think he needs to clean up his own act.
He is in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We thought any word of diamonds would set his heart pounding so we will give him a bag of gems to wean him from Mugabe’s largesse.
Time and Date: 1 – 2pm on Wednesday 6th June 2012
Venue: outside Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX
If not allowed
Venue: outside Zambian High Commission, 2 Palace Gate, London W8 5NG at 1 pm
Contacts numbers for Coordinators 07970 996 003, 07932 193 467 07960 039 775