The Vigil’s Mugabe mask made an appearance outside the Zambian High Commission on Thursday during the sixth round of the monthly Free Zimbabwe Global Protests aimed at pressuring SADC leaders into ensuring democratic reforms in Zimbabwe.
Zambia was the target this month because of President Sata’s slavish support of Mugabe shown at the recent SADC meeting in Angola. The Zimbabwe Vigil, mindful of Sata’s past as a sweeper at London’s Victoria station, attempted earlier this month to deliver a new broom to the Hugh Commission so that he could return to a job for which he was better equipped.
Vigil management team member Fungayi Mabhunu, wearing the Mugabe mask, made another attempt to deliver the broom but once again Zambian diplomats spurned the gift and also refused accept a letter of protest at Sata’s interference in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs (for text see: http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/vigil-news/campaign-news/414-letter-to-zambian-high-commissioner). The letter was sent by recorded delivery.
The Zambians seemed particularly disturbed by the Mugabe mask ( not surprisingly! ) and called the police who explained to them that we were acting within our rights.
Given the short notice, there was a good number outside Zambia House. Thanks to: Admire Mhindurwa, Cephas Maswoswa, Dickson Munemo, Edgar Makuni, Edith Chinyura, Ellen Gonyora, Felistas Mujeri, Francisca Mhosva, Jonathan Kariwoh, Molly Ngavaimbe, Sihle Sibanda, Victoria Matewere, Wendy Ziyambi and Wilson Mujere who, among others, made the event so successful.
For photos of the event see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/sets/72157630225563110/.
Zimbabwe Vigil Co-ordinator