Saturday, 27 December 2008

Vuka ready 2 hit Uk by Storm


Vuka is an Ndebele term which means "wake up" when translated in English. Vuka was formed in June1999 at Thabiso Youth Centre, the home and the base of Vuka. Thabiso is found in the edge of high density suburb of Makokoba. Makokoba is Bulawayo’s oldest township and also the poorest, but the location has produced Zimbabwe greatest footballers such as the Ndlovu brothers. When it comes to arts industry we see the rise of different groups and the most popular theatre company Amakhosi.


Vuka was formed to alleviate poverty by creating a form of employment, crime prevention, but above all to create a platform for young and old performers to develop and learn skills. Today “Vuka” is growing from its roots as an international recognised performing arts Company aiming to provide facilities for creation and leisure-time in conditions of life for those who have need of such facilities.


Meanwhile Vuka and its sister group Open Minds Theatre which is based in Rotherham they are planning to bring these young youth for UK performing arts tour in the mid-2009 for numerous months from Africa. This group is composed of orphan children who don’t know their parents, some died with deadly disease AIDS. The touring manager Steve Rogers said the aim of bringing this youth cultural group is to keep them away from the streets avoiding them of becoming criminals. And to keep them busy so that they can maintain their lives. During the tour the group will work on African cultural workshops music and dance both in junior and high schools. The accommodation has already been sourced, The Yorkshire community have an opportunity to journey to the Southern Africa region for a long adventure to the heart of the world exploring traditional African music, dance and drumming.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Cholera hits Zimbabwe

More than 10 000 thousand people have been infected with cholera epidemic throughout the country, while more then 800 have died. This disease came after water shortages that have hit the country due to incompetence of the Zimbabwe national Water Authority also to the collapsing of the economy. The situation in Zimbabwe is now worse than before and it looks like they will be no change soon as a cholera outbreak spreads and basic commodity services collapse.

South African acting president Kgalema Motlanthe, on his statement quote said “Unless this root cause of the political absence of a legitimate government is solved, the situation will get worse and may implode and collapse ... It is now an urgent matter, because people are dying.” Most of people who are able to finance themselves flee to South Africa or Botswana seeking for treatment hence those who can’t afford will be waiting for their turn to come and being able to be treated.

The UN is playing a big role by helping people providing 40,000 litres of clean water each week to treatment centres in the capital.

Meanwhile Ngiyesabanews source revealed that 16 soldiers have been executed in Dzivarasekwa Barracks. After the havoc which was created by the soldiers beating up bank staff and smashing windows in the city centre of Harare
This execution was approved by the so called president Robert Mugabe and it was a warning to his opponents and people of Zimbabwe that anyone who disobey his especial those who are on the force like police and soldiers may face the same circumstances.

Mhlanga the burning fire




Cont Mhlanga’s the good president defines humanity towards the institution of leadership in the broader socio-political context. Mhlanga then uses recent events of the barbaric beatings of political leaders, opposed to President Mugabe’s rule, to guide his plot. It is a play for everyone but deliberately targeted at the political leadership as the brick and guns that binds society together.
In typical satire the play employs humour, mockery, and exaggeration to criticize the bad sides of society in dramatic style. The Good president was banned to be performed in Zimbabwe by the so called Mugabe regime. This gave doors to human rights group by keeping on condemning Mugabe by warding Mhlanga’s play first prize which worth $50,000 about £33,000

A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime has been honoured with international awards. Cont Mhlanga referred as “Malume” by his fellow artist which basically means uncle. His highly respected person when it comes to arts industry both local and international level. As the founder of Amakhosi theatre and the creator of Amakhosi Township Square Cultural Centre in Bulawayo which was the first of its kind in Zimbabwe in 1995. Mhlanga has produced more than 20 plays and wrote more than 3 books in his career. The Councilor of Matshiya Ward, Lupane District,

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Mama Africa Rest in Peace

Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who for more than half a century brought complex rhythms of her nation to millions of listeners and whose role as a spokeswoman against apartheid which lead her to 31 years of exile, Mama Africa was born on the 4th March 1923 in Johannesburg, South Africa she was 76 when she past away on Monday after her splendid  concert in Italy. For many years Miriam Makeba, popularly referred to as Mama Africa, has been a leading African jazz artist who has promoted African jazz worldwide. In fact, her biography is the story of African jazz. Mama Africa performed with different artist such as Paul Simon, lady Smith Black Mambazo and recently she was working on her new album with a Zimbawean legend Oliver Mtukudzi

The former South African,role model, a leader with a vision Nelson Mandela said in a statement issued by his foundation. "Mama Africa! Mama Africa, she was a mother to our struggle and to the young nation of ours, we will miss you and we will always remember you lala ngokuthula mama."Makeba met Belafonte in London after she was denied entry in South Africa after her European successful tour. Harry played a big role assisting her in gaining entry to and fame in the United states. Mama Africa most famous hit include "The Click Song" "Qongqothwane" in Xhosa. In 1966,  she received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording both with Harry Belafonte. The album dealt with the  political plight of black South africans under apartheid.

Mama Africa is not only a great musician and a symbol for African music, especially jazz, but also a source of inspiration and hope. Her music career and struggle for freedom still motivates young african artist. Mama may your soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Nkomo signed as well

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, jubilant and cheerful, after signing a power-sharing agreement with his long term enemy President Robert Mugabe and declared his "belief in Zimbabwe and its people runs deeper than the scars I bear from this struggle". The deal was simply the best offer for the both opposition leaders.

We hope this deal will not go down in the same procedures of the 1987 unity accord which was signed by two parties Zanu and Zapu a part which was lead by the late Dr Joshua Nkomo. ZANU and ZAPU merged into ZANU-PF in 1987 ending a bitter internal conflict that saw more than 20 000 people mainly from Matabeleland and the Midlands being massacred. Will be ZANU-PF and MDC merged into ZANU-DC? which means “Zimbabwe African National Union Democratic” I leave this question to you out there

Mr Mugabe, who has never acknowledged the onslaught of state-sponsored violence on his opponents, said: "Whatever happened is history. Let us look into the future and craft a way." Mr Mugabe cedes some of his power to Mr Tsvangirai, who is now prime minister. It was a shock to the world of the turn around of MR Mugabe. But Mr Tsvangirai reports to Mr Mugabe, who remains president and head of the Cabinet where his party has most seats, for Mr Tsvangirai while Arthur Mutambara becomes the Vice priminister a leader of a faction that broke away from Mr Tsvangirai's party.

The agreement will never stop Mugabe accuse his Britain and America. During the ceremony Mr Mugabe said “the problem which we had is the problem from the colonial power why? why? why? The British, why? why? why? America” Mugabe critics made a big question to the signed agreement. Prime Minister does not trust longtime ruler Robert Mugabe but believes he is committed to their new power-sharing deal.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Vuka Arts launches new website

Popular group, Vuka Arts has launched its very first website, available at www.studio12.org.uk/vuka/ Vuka is a Ndebele term meaning "wake up" when translated in English. The name comes as a statement and a call to everyone to wake up and face the challenges of this world. Vuka is actually doing this by creating a gateway for both young and old performers to develop their skills in a professional setting. Since its formation Vuka has kept growing and developing in skills, and now the group is recognised as an International Performing Arts Company.


What a bomb Leeds Carnival 08

The 2008 Leeds Carnival weekend was declared a success after West Yorkshire Police reported a virtually crime-free celebration. Officers from the North East Leeds Division were out and about on the streets, supporting the smooth running of the annual event and offering help and advice to the thousands of people who attended. It's one of the things which make Leeds a great city an estimated 80,000 people filled Potternewton Park and lined the surrounding streets as the feast of Caribbean fun and flavours returned for another spectacular year.




Sunday, 17 August 2008

So! Why?

The Refugee Council are campaigning for the right of asylum seekers to work in the UK. It is a right that is being denied to one of the most vulnerable groups of people living in the UK today. Most asylum seekers they have been in the UK for the past 6 years and they are still waiting for their decision and they are not allowed to get any paid or unpaid job “We leave in fear because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring” said one asylum seeker.


Many journalists seeking asylum have fled persecution in their own countries because of their journalistic work. Also doctors and teachers they come here looking for a place of safety and still want to work but aren't allowed to do so. Is it a crime to be an asylum seeker? Is it a crime to run away from murder, and rape? Is it a crime to ask for your protection? So! Why?

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Meet Pibbi



This month Ngiyesabanews takes a look at Pibbi. The man himself was nowhere to be found. He is always busy with his music stuff so the best place to find him was at the studio.
Pibbi the fun of Nelson Mandela and bob Marley










Q: Hi my brother in law it’s been a long time waiting for you in this cold weather, so I came to the studio, anyway how is life?
A: life is good
Q: Pibbi can you tell me where do you live and how long have you been there?
A:I live in Leeds and this is my 5th year.
Q: If you don’t mind, can you tell me how old are you?
A: No! no! I cant tell you I am sorry.
Q: I heard rumours about you, but to be honest with you I don’t believe in rumours; so I want to hear from the horse’s mouth, originally, were do you come from?
A: I am from Caribbean background ya know.
Q: So what can you tell me about your favourite colour, food and so on?
A: I like Caribbean dishes etc rice, peas and fish, my favourite colour is navy blue.
Q: When and why did you become involved in arts industry
A:I use to sing by myself but I got seriously in couple years ago.
Q: Pibbi you are such an interesting person, can you tell me more about your activities? Also who gave you encouragement to get involved in music?
A:I don't have any activities because I am always busy. Talking about encouragement I just saw people doing some stuff and I told myself - I can do better!
Q: How many albums have you produced so far?
A: A reggae mix tape basically its not mastered, I took it straight from the studio, and an album entitled Real Life.
Q: Anyway you know that we can spend all day talking so can you tell me what are your future plans?
A: To do more albums also I am about to finish my first book.
Q: Do you mind if you tell me about your book?
A: This book is entitled “Street Side University”. It’s about the daily routine of life, particular young blacks who misbehave in streets committing crime. I am trying to educate young people about life and encourage them to stay away from drugs and crime.
Q: People have got different dreams, so if you don’t mind can you tell me your dream?
A: My dream is to inspire people with music and that’s what I am doing right now.
Q: Everything has got a beginning and an ending, so what advice can you give to young people out there?
A: Read! read! read.

For more infor:about Pibbi
Email:pibbiking1@yahoo.com
myspace.com/pibbimuzik or youtube.com/pibbi

From Makokoba to Bradford

Every Sunday the Zimbabwean community get together and play football, while supporters cook a barbecue and socialise. Bulawayo City of Kings FC is a community club based in Bradford city. BCK FC was formed in 2003 representing the Zimbabwean community in Bradford. BCK FC is currently playing in the local league and they also play in mini tournaments with teams from Huddersfield, Manchester, Leeds and Derby
From the streets of Makokoba, Bulawayo, many youngsters dream of coming to Europe and display their talents but lack resources and promoters, so their dreams end up in vain. Our sports correspondent caught up with a striker from BCK FC, Brighton Magaya, a young Zimbabwean player currently living in Bradford, and still in search of his dream.

Brighton is a talented footballer who started his football career back in Zimbabwe at his tender age he used to play street football, kicking plastic papers footballs on the dust of Makokoba. Mr Magaya played for his primary and secondary school teams. He went on to play in the professional junior league; under Stops F.C which was based in his community of Makokoba before coming to the UK.

Magaya last season was the runner up top goal scorer and was also awarded the 2007/08 Best Achievement Award for BCK FC. This season he looks set to scoop the top goal score award. “Now my dream has come true” said Magaya.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Bunandi kill me





Ngiyesabanews team gate crashed to a party which was held at East Park in Leeds. The party was a get together of Zimbabweans and South Africans. One of the part goer said "we are gathered here because we want to ensure that we are one" this party came after South African’s have been in streets chatting slogans carrying machete, guns, sticks harassing and beating immigrants. South Africans where forcing Zimbabweans to go back and vote for 2ndround Presidential election which was held in June. Ngiyesabanews review Mrs Enedy the party organizer said the idea of this party was to bring both south African and Zimbabweans together and forget about the havoc which happened back home.

Friday, 4 July 2008

FREE UK ZIMBABWEANS FROM LIMBO!

Strangers into Citizens’ call by church leaders, CITIZENS and MPs for ZIMBABWEAN EXILES to be ALLOWED TO WORK and ACQUIRE SKILLS

Friday, 11 July 2008; ACTION;
11.30 am– 2.30pm; starting at St Margaret’s Church,
Westminster Abbey

12.00 : Service led by Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
1.30pm: Rally and walk to Home Office; Parliament Sq. and South Bank


Britain can best help Zimbabwe in its dark hour by enabling its future leaders to acquire the skills to rebuild the country when the opportunity comes. .Instead, thousands of Zimbabwean exiles in the UK live in limbo – de-motivated and de-skilled, and prevented by law even from working as volunteers.

The STRANGERS INTO CITIZENS campaign is calling for the Home Office to enable Zimbabweans resident in the UK to have:
· Temporary access to work
· Job placement and training


STRANGERS INTO CITIZENS is a campaign by London Citizens (part of the Citizen Organising Foundation) calling for a “pathway into citizenship” for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the UK who have been resident in the country for many years. Since it was launched in January 2007, the campaign has secured the support of: t he Liberal-Democrat party; London’s mayor, Boris Johnson; more than 90 MPs of all parties; the Catholic bishops of the UK, as well other church and faith leaders; as well as trade unions, migrant rights groups, charitable associations, and many schools
www.strangersintocitizens.org.uk


The Independent Asylum Commission (IAC) is conducting a nationwide citizens’ review of the UK asylum system. Through a series of reports following in-depth hearings and analysis, the Commissioners aim to make credible and workable recommendations for reform that safeguard the rights of asylum seekers but also command the confidence of the British public.
www.independentasylumcommission.org.uk
LONDON CITIZENS is the capital’s most diverse community alliance, which includes more than 100 churches, mosques, schools, trade unions and charities. London Citizens teaches the art of politics in action – allowing ordinary people to bring about social change. www.londoncitizens.or

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

One vote one bullet

Mugabe has declared war with his own people by giving them a choice of 1 vote 1 bullet. Ngiyesabanews talking on phone with their correspondent, the opposition leader who had resolved that Zimbabwean people would be their own liberators and fight on, has been forced to pull out of the election and avoid a violent confrontation between his unarmed but determined supporters and Mugabe's thugs who are also funded from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and armed from state armouries. Morgan Tsvangirai sought refuge in the Dutch Embassy in the capital, Harare, following his withdrawal from this week's runoff presidential election. “It was a temporary refuge and we have had assurances from the Zimbabwe government regarding safety” He pulled out of the poll after 86 people died and 200,000 fled their homes because of what he called the state's ``violent retributive agenda.'' Tsvangirai said today he plans to leave the embassy in the next 48 hours. We don’t know where he will be heading.
The move sparked a call from Gordon Brown for the international community to refuse to recognise the result, despite Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party insisting it would push ahead with the poll on Friday. In a Commons statement, the Prime Minister said Britain would now be pressing for fresh sanctions against Mr Mugabe's inner circle - including travel bans and the freezing of financial assets held abroad.
The MDC won the parliamentary vote in March, and is widely believed to have won the first round of the presidential contest outright. Effective control of Zimbabwe is now in the hands of the heads of the army, air force, police and secret police, who form the Joint Operations Command. Meanwhile Tedai Biti the man facing the death penalty if he is found guilty of subversion and vote-rigging charges is stil in custody.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Images of the week

Ngiyesabanews team took a tour around west Yorkshire visiting different events here are some of images of Umoja drumming,Bulawayo City of Kings, Upstairs Downstairs FC and many more.











Monday, 2 June 2008

New Kid @ School

It was the first day of a school in USA and a new Sri Lankan Indian student named Chandrasekhar Subramanian entered the fourth grade. The teacher said, "Let's begin by reviewing some American History.Who said "Give me Liberty , or give me Death"?She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Chandrasekhar, who had his hand up: "Patrick Henry, 1775" he said. "Very good!"Who said " A Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth?" Again, no response except from Chandrasekhar. "Abraham Lincoln, 1863" said Chandrasekhar. The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed. Chandrasekhar, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do."She heard a loud whisper: "**** the Indians," "Who said that?" she demanded. Chandrasekhar put his hand up."General Custer, 1862." At that point, a student in the back said, "I'm gonna puke." The teacher glares around and asks "All right! Now, who said that?" Again, Chandrasekhar says, "George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991." Now furious, another student yells, "Oh yeah? Suck this!" Chandrasekhar jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the teacher , "Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!" Now with almost mob hysteria someone said "You little sh#t. If you say anything else, I'll kill you." Chandrasekhar frantically yells at the top of his voice, " Michael Jackson to the child witnesses testifying against him- 2004." The teacher fainted. And as the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, "Oh sh#t, we're f#cked!" And Chandrasekhar said quietly, Robert Mugabe to his cabinet at the declaration of the presidential election results-April 2008.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The 2nd Apartheid Revolution

This is the 2nd apartheid revolution coming in a different style black people fighting against each other. South African’s have been in streets for a week chatting slogans carrying machete, guns, sticks harassing and beating immigrants. It is understood that south Africans are forcing Zimbabweans to go back and vote for 2nd round Presidential election which will be held in June. 22 people died in anti-migrant violence most them are from Zimbabwe a man was put on fire and died on spot Ngiyesabanews review. They are more than 5million immigrants but Zimbabwe got most highest number of 3million. "People are saying these Zimbabweans must go home now because they are taking our jobs. They don't need these people any more. Everyone is saying, 'We are full here. We can't get a job. We can't get anything.' "


Ngiyesabanews talking on phone with one victim said “ I wish to go back and die in Zimbabwe than dying in South Africa. My main problem is that I don’t have anything like money and access so I don’t know what can I do now”.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe opposition claims that army are planning a plotting to assassinate Morgan Tsvangirai. So the opposition leader have been told by his advises and intelligence he should not come back until its safe.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

RETAS IN AFRICAN STYLE










RETAS RE-LAUNCH


"Welcome to our new home another day another life"

RETAS manager Duncan Wells Press Statement on the 2nd of May 2008

Thank you for coming its very exciting for everyone to be here celebrate RETAS in the new office.

Now we are here we can expand our services so we can deliver more classes, we have more rooms for advice. For example IELTS is now 4 days a week; and we are hoping to do computer classes.

For those of you who don’t know RETAS stands for Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service. We are trying to help refugees and asylum seekers access education opprtunities training- re qualification and employement. We mainly do this through information, advice and guidance on a 1 to 1 basis.

We also deliver job search courses,set up volunteer placement,education grants and support refugee proffesionals. Now we are in this new office we hope that more refugee and asylum seekers will benefit from RETAS


Thank you enjoy your day.

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

In Brief

Home Office Ministers accused


By Nqobile Mafu


Home Office ministers had been accused by both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats of letting down Zimbabwean refugees who have fled to Britain in fear of persecution at home. With tension high in Zimbabwe in the run-up to the presidential election in March, several members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have been killed by government supporters. Despite this, a number of applications for political asylum by Zimbabwean opposition members had been rejected. A Zimbabwean who wanted to remain anonymous but is currently living at the Tinsley House detention centre near Gatwick airport, has had his application for asylum rejected and was due to be deported on New Year's Eve. Although his deportation has been temporarily suspended, he fears that as a member of the MDC he will be beaten and persecuted if he returns to Zimbabwe - "I left home because I was being persecuted because of my political opinions…I know that if am I to be returned home it is imminent death."


Zambian top official suspended against Mugabe’s cruelty


A TOP official from Zambia's governing party was suspended on Wednesday after he called for the forcible removal from power of Robert Mugabe, the president of neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Geoffrey Chumbwe, chairman of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy for Lusaka province, was suspended with immediate effect after President Levy Mwanawasa expressed his concern at his remarks, said the MMD's acting chairman.
"As a party, we regret this irresponsible statement," the acting chairman Jeff Kande said.
"In view of the serious nature of the statement, Chumbwe has been suspended with immediate effect until further notice."



Mugabe Must GO!


The situation in Zimbabwe is so stance caused by this cruel leader famous known as "King of Africa" some call him "African Hitler". Mugabe I believe now he is out of his mind because things which
he talks and do it cant be done by an normal person.the opposition leader Mor
gan tsvangirai is trying by all means to get ready of Mugabe. he is appealing to the International community to try something before its to let.















Friday, 4 April 2008

Mugabe depands on his Military

By Nqobile Mafu


MDC had been forced to go to court after the failure by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce the presidential results five days after polling ended.


Chamisa said: “We have taken the matter to the High Court, our lawyers wrote to the commission advising it of our wish to have the results announced immediately. This has not happened and the commission must explain why.” Mugabe had arrange a emergency meeting with his top members concerning his future as President and the future of Zimbabwe


Thursday, 27 March 2008

Waiting 4 New Zimbabwe

By Langelihle khoza


ADDRESS TO Help Zimbabwe Campaign

The Chairman, invited guests, friends and fellow Zimbabweans, Good Evening.

Before I go any further, I would like on behalf of all our Zimbabwean brothers and sisters including myself, to particularly express our gratitude, to the people of Yorkshire and the United Kingdom in general, for the warm welcoming and the support that you continue to extend to us during our stay in this country.

We will never take your generosity for granted and will always remember and treasurer these moments even after our eventual return to Zimbabwe. We hope that one day soon, God willing, in a free and prosperous Zimbabwe, we will be able to reciprocate this unique kindness to you or even to people from any other country, in their moment of need. May the Lord almighty God bless you and your leaders, and bless you more abundantly.

What prompted over 3 million ordinary people, leading ordinary lives in Zimbabwe, to turn their backs on their country and their jobs, lifestyle and loved ones in order to travel to all four corners of this earth was not an adventure but fear. Fear that one day you might be discovered in a shallow grave, a mortuary, a prison or a hospital if you are lucky. Most of these people did not wait to find out, but we do have a significant few amongst us who bear the scars and testimony to what I have alluded to.

The criminal regime of Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF has worked very hard and tirelessly, and for a number of years managed to hoodwink its own people, the SADC region, Africa and the rest of the world. But thank God today and tonight, I can tell you that they can no longer take any one for a ride any more. The whole world knows, even if they don’t openly say it, that this regime is the worst ever curse to have happened to my people. It is now an open secret that they have no moral principles and not a care for humanity. Mugabe and his hangers on are vindictive, cruel, ruthless, corrupt, greedy and selfish and hungry for power. They have done and will continue to do anything to stay in power.

Just as I speak, businesses are being bullied to operate at a loss in order to force them to shut shop, further worsening the unemployment and food shortages. Workers are forced to accept uneconomic wages whilst the regime is fuelling inflation through printing more and more money to buy foreign currency from the black market and sustain their lavish lifestyles. People are starving, have no medication in hospitals, no shelter and no hope for tomorrow. It indeed, is a sad situation which no normal person would inflict on another.

So if I may pose a simple question to all of us gathered here: Why have Zimbabweans of all persuasions, colour, tribe and creed deserted Zimbabwe inorder to live as fugitives in other countries like the UK, USA and SA? Is it because they are spineless, stupid, dumb or careless? No, it’s because they are desperate helpless and disillusioned. They have given up hope of getting rid of the blood sucking goblin tyrant. They can not take it anymore and probably believe that a lonely cell in the UK would be a better option than the living hell called Zimbabwe. What kind of desperation is this?? Is this how life should be like in the modern, democratic and so called civilised world?? I don’t think so and do believe that you all feel the same. Zimbabweans deserve better, from the international community, the African Union, SADC and all.

It can not be business as usual for the rest of the world whilst Zimbabwe is going up in flames. Something really needs to be done. We yearn for our motherland and miss our relations who are experiencing unimaginable suffering right now. We can only beg you to help us put pressure on your Government and the International community and Africa to use their influence to help us rid ourselves of the evil and vile dictatorship now ruining our country.

The brutality of Mugabe’s government is well documented and as you might have seen in the media. The man knows no limits or boundaries. He is law unto himself and will do anything to destroy all those he feels are a threat to his Government. In Mugabe’s world, political opponents are enemies of the state who have got to be exterminated by whatever means at his disposal.

So how did it all begin? It all began with the Matebeleland Genocide. 20 000 innocent people of the southern region were murdered maybe because they spoke a different language from his but definitely because they dared to support a man called Joshua Nkomo and the opposing political party ZAPU. Next on the line were the Zimbabwean WHITE farmers. Maybe partly because of their skin colour, but definitely because they dared support the MDC opposition. As if that was not enough, Mugabe has gone on to destroy homes for 700 000 innocent urban dwellers, driving them into destitution and abject poverty. Their crime, definitely, being their refusal to vote for him and his party in all elections and instead supporting the opposition candidates.

The economy is now in tatters and on auto-pilot with unemployment at over 80% and inflation at 100 000%. Public services are collapsing and the majority of people have been reduced to beggars. People are homeless and dying like flies whilst the rest of the world watches on the sidelines. Something really needs to be done to stop this horror movie.

  • Now let us pose and reflect on what’s happening in Zimbabwe through a powerpoint presentation:_______________

As Christians, we believe in the power of prayer and also that all peace loving people across the world have a moral obligation to support the voiceless and oppressed people of Zimbabwe in their fight against oppression and poverty.

We therefore, in our own small way, invite and encourage you all, to pray with us, lobby and express your solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe in their greatest hour of need. We also ask everyone to pray that the forthcoming elections next week 29 March 2008 be peaceful, free, fair and deliver an answer to what us the majority Zimbabweans yearn for!

To the Zimbabweans in this country I say this to you: Please, please don’t abuse this country’s generosity and friendship in the way you conduct yourselves within the host communities. Show them that we are different from Mr Robert Mugabe and that all we want is to live in peace and harmony with our new neighbours, enlightening them of our plight and mobilising for their support to put pressure on their Government to assist in regime change in Zimbabwe. Let us integrate, network and forge mutually beneficial and long lasting relationships or links that will live on, even long after we have gone back to Zimbabwe or returned to our loving Father above.

Our Leaders back home have demonstrated a high level of maturity and maintained the high moral ground in the face of great adversity, even threats to their own lives and extreme provocation. We are cautiously hopeful, God willing, that the forthcoming elections might finally bring an end to 28 years of living hell in Zimbabwe. Yes our leaders are continuing to preach, unity, forgiveness, healing, re-engagement, peace and love for thy neighbour, all important Christian virtues. It is however important for Zimbabweans and everyone here to note that the only long lasting and enduring unity will be the one that brings together all our people of all opinions, party affiliations, races, tribes, gender, colour, religion and so forth into one big family that feels and cares for each other. A nation built on good and solid Christian values. This is the only way we can guarantee that dictatorship never raises is ugly head again in Zimbabwe. It is my view that Zimbabweans the world over should put aside their petty differences and start working towards togetherness and brotherhood as the first step towards a democratic and prosperous nation.

The pressing issues for Zimbabweans outside the country are as follows:

  • Fighting for peaceful, free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.
  • Raising the profile of the Zimbabwe crisis and lobbying the international community to intervene.
  • Fighting for the granting of asylum to genuine victims of Mugabe’s rogue regime. This requires support from local communities and human rights bodies.
  • Fighting for voting rights for Zimbabweans in the diaspora. It is best practice for normal democracies to allow citizens outside the country to also have a say in the democratic process
  • Fighting for repeal of all draconian and oppressive legislation in Zimbabwe and establishment of independent and non partisan delimitation end electoral supervisory commissions to ensure a level playing field and a truly democratic dispensation.
  • Fighting for the establishment of new democratic constitution and institutions that accommodate and protects everyone, including minority interests.
  • Advocating for setting up of a truth and reconciliation commission that will deal with all cases of genocide and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, based on international law and leading to a permanent resolution and conclusion to our sad past.

It is those issues I have highlighted that I ask all Zimbabweans and friends here present to PRAY FOR, Also pray for all people of Zimbabwe including Mugabe, to have the wisdom, courage and conviction to restore our dignity and human rights.

Again thank you for giving me this platform to share with you our dreams and aspirations and God bless you all. Good night.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Monday, 3 March 2008

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Hi All,
Thank you Mr Ngwenya for your provocative, constructive comments that where good for debate. I 'm however uncomfortable by the tone of your e-mail and the fact that your correspondence seems to be an open letter to Mr Mdlongwa and yet are given open and wide distribution. I hope I'm wrong in my analysis “and if not I forgive you for your oversight” as I believe even in a democratic party, there must be a difference between a dialogue at management level and open debate. Also given your position as Branch Chair, I think that you are within your right to discuss your concerns or make your contributions direct to Mr Mdlongwa and away from the public frown, before bringing your concerns open as this will help confusing our membership or sending the wrong signals to our competitors. Since your distribution is open, I have decided to respond as same.

Njabulo: I would like to know where MDC UK stands on Simba Makoni being our candidate for 2008 presidential elections.
Langa:
MDC's approach towards this election is and has always been 'One candidate philosophy to dislodge Mugabe. It is based on the premises that another 5 years of Mugabe rule will spell disaster for Zimbabwe and that the problems besetting Zimbabwe are so big, above party politics and of such National significance that they need collective effort of all democratic forces to come together. This is also a challenge to Mugabe's tactics of 'divide and rule' where he has divided people according to race, tribe, religion, region, urban areas against rural areas, war veterans vs non-war veterans, rich against poor, security forces vs civilians etc to retain power. To break that strategy, unity of purpose becomes the counter strategy, hence linking up with Makoni’s and Tsvangirayi’s. Once Mugabe is gone and the situation in Zimbabwe is normalized, can we be able to pursue and market our own political party brands to the electorate where there is an even playing field.

Njabulo: We don't want a situation whereby leaders are forced to people. When MDC split we went to look for Arthur, and now its Simba without even addressing a lot of issues.
Langa: Arthur was elected by a congress in Bulawayo the second capital city and was therefore not forced on people. Simba is not our president and therefore does not need our congress to approve. The only people who will decide if he is fit to become the next president of Zimbabwe are the Zimbabweans as a nation through the ballot. On our part, we have mandated our National Executive to make decisions on our behalf based on the programme of action adopted at congress. What they owe us is to keep us posted and maybe informally consult us when they feel necessary. My bone of contention on this one is that the level of communication between us and National executive has been poor of which this is unacceptable. I do understand that the SG and his deputy have been heavily involved in Mbeki negotiations, Reunification talks and of late, the Makoni project, but then, they could have assigned someone else to carry out this important task. This concern has been communicated to the National Executive together with our inputs/resolutions from our UK District Executive meetings. Feedback has been given via the Chairman and the latest being in our last District Executive meeting in Manchester on 26 Jan2008.

Njabulo: This guy is bringing along people who committed genocide [Ghukurahundi era]'the generals like Mbudzi, Mujuru, Zvinavashe without even them apologizing to the victims
Langa:
We must be careful of falling into the same trap as Mugabe who blames others (the WEST for his own incompetence) i.e. painting everyone in the military or ex-military as having committed genocide. Not everyone who was in the Army at that time was a member of the Fifth Brigade or even participated in Ghukurahundi. For your own information, we have ex-Zipra fighters who were in the Army who could even help fish out the spy’s of genocide. Also note that even civilians didn’t participate in the Ghukurahundi Genocide. What we should and need to do is to ask those people whom we suspect (Not Makoni's people only, but Mugabe's and Tsvangirai’s people too. lets give an honor too individually and atone for their sins through restorative justice. We don't even know who among our own party, Tsvangirai and his people, what role they contributed towards genocide not only in Matabeleland and Midlands, but even in Masvingo Manicaland and Mashonaland?

Njabulo: Secondly there is an issue of logo, I saw Makoni introducing his sunrise logo which he is going to use for registering his party and candidacy .Are we not going to confuse the voters by having MDC Mutambara logo and this Makoni one.

Langa: Whilst I understand that the logo could be confusing, this issue was raised concerning the two MDC’s answer was that people were wise enough to know their candidates and this had been amply demonstrated in the last Local Government elections. As for Makoni's logo, it is within his right to come up with one as he is an Independent Candidate. If we were to enter into a coalition with him, all we need to do is to advise our supporters to vote for Makoni's presidential candidate instead of Mutambara or Mugabe. In turn, Makoni's people will support our Parliamentary candidates in their constituencies and not field rival candidates against each other.
Njabulo: It’s like we are short of leaders in our camp. Why MDC UK wasn’t consulted on this issue, but when it comes to fundraising it’s consulted?
Langa:
We are definitely not short of leaders “by the way you are one of the leaders in your own right”, but it’s just a matter of strategy. Putting more presidential candidates we will be ensuring Mugabe Victory? That’s why we offered the man himself Tsvangirayi. He knows the situation of our country, Zimbabweans are at this moment going through so much suffering and we believe that everything will resume normal when we conquer during the elections future.

Njabulo: The cowards would keep quite while decisions are decided for them, this is not democracy.
Langa: for me I am not a coward and have always fought for what I believe in, even back in Zimbabwe and now in UK. I will never keep quiet when an injustice is being done but I also am aware that this is a collective responsibility and also that it is a learning curve. There is no one who has a monopoly to ideas. My advice is that we should not concentrate on the LIZARDS (small issues) WHILST THE CROCODILE IS FEASTING (Mugabe is the big prize). Once the dictator is gone, we can focus all our efforts in creating a peaceful, forgiving, prosperous, respecting, and caring. That’s what Zimbabweans want. There is indeed democracy in our party also the contributions from you, me and others will only make us stronger.
LK

Friday, 22 February 2008

If

By Nqobile Mafu


If I speak in the tongues “languages” of men and of angels,
No one will understand me, but have not love,
I am only a resounding honour or a hard symbol.
If I have the gift of prophecy I can think through all mysteries and all knowledge,


if I have a faith that can move mountains, floating ocean,
but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,
but I have no love, I gain nothing.

If I laugh laughter, limbo, lie, lift but have not love,
I am nothing,love is patient, love is kind, love is blind

love cantake you to the mountains,

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs.


If love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.
If Love never fails these three words remain: faith, hope and love,

But the greatest of these is love.



Children in Arts Project

Zwakala Africa arts
pressents
WATOTO
CHILDREN IN ARTS PROJECT
LAUNCH 2008
To be held at the Vestry hall Sheffield Burngreave road

DATE: 1 MARCH 2008
TIME: 2PM TO 5:30 PM

ADM: FREE

Come and see children in arts presenting for the 1st time in history highlighting the work that they have been engaged during the workshops of music, dance, drama, drumming and painting
“laba ngabantwana bethu” our kids

Thursday, 14 February 2008

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