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exiles say halt aid to Southern Africa
April 03, 2007
in the United Kingdom have called for aid to Southern Africa to
be suspended because of the failure of the regional body to stand
up for human rights in Zimbabwe.
The call comes
from the Zimbabwe Vigil which has been demonstrating outside the
Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past four and
a half years in protest at human rights abuses.
Leaders of the
Development Community (SADC) met in Tanzania last week to discuss
the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe but unexpectedly failed
to make any public criticism of President Mugabe’s regime. Instead
they urged the lifting of the targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his
cronies which prevent them visiting the European Union, the United
States and some other countries.
The Vigil is
to run a petition calling on all countries in the European Union
to suspend government to government aid to the 14 SADC members until
they observe their commitment to promote good governance in the
are very angry", said Ephraim Tapa, a founder member of the
Vigil. "All we see is political immaturity from our neighbours.
The last thing we want to do is to hurt our brothers and sisters
in Southern Africa but we must drive home to their hypocritical
governments their obligation to promote the good governance they
have all signed up to. We do all we can to encourage humanitarian
aid but people here question whether it is a good use of resources
that Malawi pays guards to stop people defacing signs on the new
highway Malawi has named after Robert Mugabe."
Mr Tapa went
on to say "We know this is controversial but we are desperate.
The Southern African leaders must be made to understand that they
cannot support tyranny and brutality without consequences. Our gloves
The text of
the new petition reads: "We record our dismay at the failure
of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help the
desperate people of Zimbabwe at their time of trial. We urge the
UK government, and the European Union in general, to suspend government
to government aid to all 14 SADC countries until they abide by their
joint commitment to uphold human rights in the region."
main petition calling on the UN to intervene on human rights in
Zimbabwe has been signed by more than 100,000 people passing by
the Vigil on Saturdays (not by just a click on the email).
For more information,
- Ephraim Tapa,
Founder Member of the Vigil - 07940 793 090
- Julius Mutyambizi-Dewa,
Founder Member of the Vigil - 07984 254 830
- Dennis Benton
– Press Facilitator - 07932 193 467
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