On 26th February 2016 scores of protesters from all over England braved the chilly British weather for a protest organized by the two biggest Zimbabwe activist organisations in the UK: Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) and the Zimbabwe Vigil. Placard waving protesters marched outside Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro’s Willows Medical Centre in Nottingham drumming and singing and distributing flyers to Nyatsuro’s patients and neighbours informing them of the hypocrisy of the Nyatsuros.
At the well-attended protest was a Daily Mail journalist who interviewed the protesters much to the annoyance of Mrs Nyatsuro who, when approached by the journalist, pushed her away.
Fifteen more farms owned by white farmers have been listed for seizure by 92-year-old Robert Mugabe who has turned the once prosperous Zimbabwe known as the ‘bread basket of Africa’ into a basket case. It is public knowledge that the chaotic land redistribution has benefited Mugabe’s boot lickers and family who have no knowledge of farming. The listing of the 15 farms is has come when Zimbabwe has declared a ‘state of disaster’ due to drought. It is estimated that more than a quarter of the Zimbabwean population are facing severe food shortages as a result of the drought that has hit the country. As stated by the Public Works Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, all 60 rural districts have been affected and about 2.44 million people are food insecure.
In an address to the protesters ROHR President Mr Ephraim Tapa castigated the Nyatsuros who, in cahoots with Zanu PF, were involved in a looting frenzy taking place in Zimbabwe.
We say to the would-be farmer Dr Nyatsuro, stick to your profession of saving lives and leave farming to farmers such as the Rankins. If each concentrates on what they are good at, we can all work together to resuscitate our ailing economy and put it back on its wobbly feet. Together we can!
Report drafted by Esther Nyambi
ROHR National Vice Secretary (UK)