On Friday 13th May 2016 scores of protesters from all over England braved the cloudy 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 Radio journalist who interviewed the protesters much to the annoyance of Dr Nyatsuro who, when requested by the journalist, refused to comment or show himself. Some of the protesters approached Veronica as she entered the clinic but she refused to say anything – even when asked for advice on who to contact to get a stolen farm. A Kenyan lady arrived at the clinic in a Mercedes said she didn’t understand why we were protesting against a black person taking over a farm and that we were embarrassing her doctor. We replied that his greed was embarrassing us. A more positive response came from a local nurse who took a bundle of our leaflets to hand out to patients.
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 Publicity Officer Ms Salani 'Sally' Mutseyami mocked the Nyatsuros who, in cahoots with Zanu PF, were involved in a looting frenzy taking place in Zimbabwe. Click Here to Watch Video
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! Click Here to Watch Second Video
Report drafted by John Burke
ROHR National Consultant (UK)