Zimbabweans tomorrow denounce the Russian Mafia that is threatening to create another axis of conflict in Zimbabwe through secret joint ventures with Zanu (PF) cabinet ministers while stealing mineral rights in exchange for weapons which Zanu (PF) needs to sustain itself in power but the people of Zimbabwe do not benefit from in any way.
Scars that wont heal which Zanu (PF)'s Patrick Chinamasa calls "water under the bridge"
Protesters are going to Russian Embassies in London and mainland Europe and to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to expose the former liberation party which is now so unpopular with its people that it has to beat them to vote for it, which is why it will not agree to create a level playing field for elections. It has ignored many SADC resolutions on the roadmap to elections.
President Mugabe's party has become so corrupt that it does not even defend itself against allegations leveled against it's senior officials in the Press, including its activities with the Russian Mafia in "money laundering" during the unprecedented inflation of 2007-8 which saw millions in citizens' pensions and bank accounts wiped away.
Now the same officials are facilitating the laundering of the same money in building shopping malls on the few remaining wetlands, circumventing Council Approval, and overiding objections by residents of Borrowdale and Vainona.
Meanwhile they are trying to hoodwink the international community, particularly SADC, that they are planning a free election, yet the voter's rolls remain rigged, the state controlled media remains partisan, intimidation and denial of food relief to opposition supporters is going on in rural areas and and dso far they have not agreed to allow in international monitors.
An organiser of the London demonstrations, David Kadzutu, said: 32 years after Zimbabwe became independent the message of the liberation party (Zanu (PF) no longer resonates with the liberated.
"A good illustration is the the planned remixing of a liberation song called Dhikondo, which those who fought the war of liberation take as a liberation song, but which brings tears and horrible memories to many in Matebeleland who were forced to sing that song while burying their relatives who had been massacred by the Fifth Brigade.
"As far as the women (captured in this BBC documentary on Gukhurahundi massacres), is concerned the song is a bad song. She does not even know what it means. And as far as our generation which only knows about Gukurahundi through BBC documentaries and what we hear, it is a Gukurahundi song.
"People are saying the song should be banned because it is a Gukhurahundi song, yet it was a liberation song. That is how out of touch Zanu (PF) is with the people, and it is only only 32 years since independence. But the liberated no longer recognise the liberators.
"Now instead of the liberator stepping back and asking himself what he has done or not done, he still wants to bludgeon the liberated into accepting him; forcing him take the the tokens of their liberation; land which they they cannot put to productive usage and community shares in companies whose proceeds go back to benefit the politicians," said Kadzutu.
He urged all Zimbabweans to attend the demonstration starting at the Zimbabwe Embassy at noon and those who live in London to bring their tokens or Oyster Cards as the demonstration would eventually move to the Russian Embassy, which will involve an underground train journey.
The MDC UK chairman Tonderai Samanyanga said he the 2008 harmonized election in Zimbabwe was a blood bath due to the arms of war used by the regime against innoccent civilians.
"We now demand a peaceful environment to prevail so that Zimbabweans can vote without fear of the army, the CIO and the police, who are the known perpetrators of violence in the 2008 election.
"So we are demonstrating that Zimbabwe must not receive weapons which are used against civilians as we have seen with dictators in Syria, when they are cornered they will use gunships against civilians, so Russia must not supply Zimbabwe with gunships. Besides we are not at war. Our war is with hunger and disease."
The MDC USA chairman and Global Protests co-ordinator, Den Moyo, said in 2008 Zimbabweans were humbled when South African dock workers refused to offload a shipload of arms of war destined for Zimbabwe from China.
In recognition of the dock workers efforts, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution authored by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) commending the efforts of those who sought to block a Chinese arms shipment bound for Zimbabwe and calling for an international arms embargo against the dictatorial regime of Robert Mugabe.
"We are calling on the UN to also adopt and extend this arms embargo until the Mugabe regime has stopped persecuting its own people.
"So the 21st Movement is demanding that at the ongoing UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference in New York: the United Nations adopts the international arms embargo on Zimbabwe that has already been subscribed to by the EU and the US.
"We are also demanding that Russia and China should show that they do not support dictators violating human rights, by not selling arms to Zimbabwe.
"We also demand that Brazil stops selling to the regime teargas, which is the most direct weapon used against human rights and political activists," said Moyo.
He said, recent credible reports indicated that the Mugabe regime had agreed to mortgage the nation’s platinum deposits to the Russians in exchange for helicopter gunships, which Zimbabwe does not need as she is not at war with any country.
"The helicopters will be unserviceable in a few years while Russians will continue exploiting our platinum for years to come."
On record there are three countries currently known to trade weapons of war with Zimbabwe, namely, China (Firearms, Ammunition, Rocket Launchers, Grenades), Russia (Helicopter Gunships) and Brazil (Teargas Canisters).
"These weapons are being purchased to wage a war against the country's citizens as we move towards the next general elections expected in 2013."
There is also credible evidence that stolen revenue from diamonds and other minerals is being used to purchase these unnecessary weapons at a time when the crumbling Zimbabwe economy has huge national debts to the World Bank, IMF, and the ADB. The Health Services, Education, Water and Sanitation sectors are in shambles leading to chronic outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
Zimbabweans from all walks of life are urged to participate in the 21st Movement demonstrations on the 21st of every month, either as individuals or as organisations. All organisations are welcome.