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Sokwanele - Enough is Enough -
Independence Day: 18 April 2008
Statement made by President Morgan Tsvangirai: 17 April 2008
Today on the eve of Independence Day in
This is, in many ways, the saddest Independence Day since our independence from colonial rule in 1980.
Our people are literally starving;
Our humanitarian crisis has political roots, and that gives us hope, because political problems have political solutions.
Zimbabweans have no food because of the policies of President Robert Mugabe; Zimbabweans have no schools, because of the policies of President Robert Mugabe; Zimbabweans have no hospital care, because of President Robert Mugabe's policies.
And on March 29th, the people of
For three weeks now, the people of
They have waited for a peaceful transfer of power from the defeated old regime, to the democratically elected new government. So far that transition is not ok'd.
How long shall
How many more meetings to discuss crises from
So the nations of the World have done what good neighbours should do: they have enquired; they've asked what's wrong.
They've pounded on our doors. They fear that something is wrong in their neighbour's house and they've raised the cry of alarm.
I want to thank Southern African leaders who met recently in
I want to thank the leading industrial nations of the World, organised under G8. You have let your voices be heard.
I want to thank the Secretary General of the United Nations. Yours is the voice of the whole World, and you have let the World's voice be heard.
Each nation on its own Independence Day should celebrate its own independence; but it should rightly recognise the independence of others.
While the voices of the World have been raised, many in
There remains no free press in
We are not alone. And the World is with us.
The World longs for us to take our rightful place again among the community of nations.
To my fellow Zimbabweans I cannot speak to you on the national media, but I speak to you from my heart - that freedom comes and your voice and your vote shall be heard.
The legal authority of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has expired.
Their moral authority has been laughed away. What ZEC says no longer matters.
What matters is the votes cast on 29th of March, and posted outside each polling station.
Those votes elected MDC as the majority in Parliament, and elected me as President of Zimbabwe.
The regime is conditioning people to believe that there is a run-off.
There is no run off: we won this election decisively.
In preparation for this, Robert Mugabe and his hand of criminals have unleashed an orgy of violence against the people.
As I speak, our people are being murdered, their homes are being burnt, children molested, women raped.
We have seen again the brutal vindictiveness of this man.
We want to thank President Mbeki for all his efforts, but President Mbeki needs to be relieved from his duty.
However, we've asked President Mwanawasa to lead a new initiative to urgently deal with the extraordinary situation we face at this moment.
We cannot wait another day, we cannot wait another week: we need a special envoy or a special committee or a delegation to come to
Zanu-PF wants bloodshed, but instead we will shed light on that bloodshed.
We shall fight with the truth, and take the strength of our courage and conviction to see the value of life, law and liberty, return to our country and to our continent.
The movement has begun, and I ask you members of the media to join us in ensuring that the objective of democratic change in
I thank you.
In the absence of a free press in our country, Sokwanele is circulating this statement made by President Morgan Tsvangirai on the eve of our Independence Day. We are also including in this mailing a Statement released by the MDC party today (below), and we are providing a brief summary of some of the protests that have been taken place around the world, in support of the Zimbabwean pursuit of freedom and justice in our country.
We are not alone.
Statement from the MDC : 18 April 2008
Zanu PF hijacks people's independence
Today the MDC would like to join all Zimbabweans in commemorating their 28th Independence anniversary.
18th of April is a day that we all cherish as it has brought us the independence that make us proud to be Zimbabweans and hold our heads high among other nations.
However, as we celebrate this occasion, it is sad to note that our independence anniversary has been discredited by the Zanu PF regime that is masquerading as a government and as the custodians of our independence.
Today the people of
In the 29 March elections, Zimbabweans went to the polls in their millions and voted for change and a new beginning.
They voted for Morgan Tsvangirai as the President of Zimbabwe but however, 20 days after that day, the people of
We are in a calamity as the people who are supposed to be celebrating are instead being beaten up by the police, the army and Zanu PF militia.
Hundreds of innocent people including journalists are today in police custody. Homes of innocent villagers have been burnt in areas such as Mutoko, Murehwa, Chimanimani, Chipinge and Mudzi have been burnt to ashes simply because the people voted for the MDC in the last elections.
In urban areas, residents are being forced to be indoors by 8.00 pm by a regime that is scared because it is in power through illegal means.
People are now living in fear as the Zanu PF regime is using all forms of brutality in order to stay in power.
As we commemorate this day lets remember our colleagues who have been killed, beaten and left homeless by the Robert Mugabe regime. Lets remember Tapiwa Mubwanda who was ruthlessly killed by Zanu PF militia in Hurungwe last Saturday.
The world is taking action
This banner, measuring 278m², was flown over the United Nations building in
In addition to that, Avaaz.org, the international organisation who organised the banner also delivered Thabo Mbeki a petition that has been signed by over 150,000 people so far. 150,000 people is a lot of signatures: it is the equivalent of the total number of people who voted in Matabeleland North province (according to ZEC figures!)
There are three days of protests taking place in
Tomorrow, a public event will be held in
In another gesture of support for the people of
“Satawu does not agree with the position of the South African government not to intervene with this shipment of weapons... Our members employed at Durban Container Terminal will not unload this cargo neither will any of our members in the truck driving sector move this cargo by road.” He said the ship, the An Yue Jiang, should not dock in
Satawu are planning to enlist the support of COSATU to strengthen their position.
Finally, also in
Apparently people are warmly greeting the walkers all along their route: cars are hooting in solidarity; they are being offered money, food and water; and people are coming out to join them and walk for a bit. We hear that in one town they passed through, the mayor came out and welcomed them. They will arrive in Musina today.
The whole world can see what Robert Mugabe is trying to do and they are angry with his attempts to subvert the will of the people. They are also becoming increasingly frustrated with Thabo Mbeki's ineffectual policy of 'quiet diplomacy' .
We all remember that Thabo Mbeki recently popped in to visit Robert Mugabe and emerged from the meeting to declare that there was "no crisis" in
Non violent action is having an impact. We are not alone
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