Diaspora Zimbabweans To March 100 km In Protest Of Mugabe’s Misrule

Diaspora Zimbabweans To March 100 km In Protest Of Mugabe’s Misrule
Published: 2016 August 08 17:07:04 (3831 Views)


ZIMBABWEANS in the United Kingdom will this coming weekend march 110 kilometres to protest Robert Mugabe’s continued stay in office, a situation that has plunged the country which was once the bread basket of Africa into total economic collapse. 
The Zimbabwe Vigil and its sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) will in connection with the planned march stage a mock citizens' arrests of Mugabe, his wife Grace and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya this Friday (August 12) in Brighton for allegedly destroying the country’s economy. 
Mugabe will be symbolically apprehended by human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, who unsuccessfully attempted to arrest Mugabe in 1999 and 2001. The three will be marched 110 km to London for trial at the Zimbabwe Vigil at 3 pm on Saturday 13th August. 
The Brighton to London Walk is to 'Mourn the Death of Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe’. It was born of an idea by Rashiwe Bayisayi who was inspired by the play 'After Independence' written May Sumbwanyambe at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London. 
The Vigil and ROHR performed protest songs and dances to drumming at the Arcola Theatre after the performance on Africa Day, 25th May 2016, the pro-democracy group said in a statement. 
The date of the walk was inspired by the Heroes' Day celebrations in Zimbabwe.  The idea of the arrests was added to underline Zimbabwe's current problems of economic collapse and civil unrest. 
Some 30 Zimbabwean exiles including victims of torture will start out from Brighton at 6am on Friday taking their 3 'prisoners' with them. The trial outside the Zimbabwe Embassy at 3 pm on Saturday will reflect an actual legal challenge against Mugabe in Zimbabwe brought by the #Tajamuka protest movement last week.  
The walk will raise funds via sponsors and donors to help with the current plight of children in schools in Zimbabwe, to raise awareness for the Zimbabwean diaspora globally to challenge Mugabe and to provide legal protection to those bravely operating in Zimbabwe against the oppressive Zanu PF regime, organisers said. 




- Bulawayo24
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