ZIMBABWE DIASPORA FORUM – 9 Jan 08

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Message of solidarity with the people of Kenya

GLOBAL ZIMBABWE FORUM

in partnership with the

ZIMBABWE DIASPORA FORUM

PRESS STATEMENT

RE: Message of Solidarity with the People of Kenya

The Global Zimbabwe Forum in partnership with its local regional affiliate, the Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum would like to confirm that it successfully participated in a public protest outside the Kenyan High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.

The event was held on the morning of Tuesday 8th January 2008.

The picket was organized by a network of South African based Kenyans who also extended a request to the Zimbabweans exiled in South Africa to participate in the march in solidarity with them.

The good news is that at least one full bus load of Zimbabwean activists managed to turn out in full force and helped to make the protest to be a huge success.

The Vice Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum, Solomon ‘Sox’ Chikohwero was also given a chance to make a public address of solidarity at the event.

We would like as Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, to state in no uncertain terms our unequivocal stance on the following issues:

The outcome of the recently held Kenyan elections does not truly reflect the democratic will of the nation’s electoral majority.
We do not recognize Mr. Mwai Kibaki as the duly re-elected President of Kenya.
We also condemn the political motivated violence, rape and killings that have become an unfortunate outcome of the recent elections.
We urge all the interested political parties in Kenya to seek a common peaceful resolution to the current post electoral crisis in the country.
We endorse every current effort to mediate in the crisis particularly from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Ghana’s President John Kuffour.
We also extend our full appreciation to all the relief agencies such as the Red Cross that have already responded to the humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the Kenyan nation.
We urge all Zimbabweans and Africans in general to rise up and stand in solidarity with the struggling people of Kenya.

Issued in Johannesburg on Wednesday 9th January 2008 by

Mr. Daniel Molokele
Co-ordinator of the Global Zimbabwe Forum
Outgoing Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum

Telephone: +27 72 947 4815
+27 72 238 9192
+27 79 434 4508

Website: www.zimcsoforum.org

The Global Zimbabwe Forumc/o The Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum4th Floor, Noswal Hall, BraamfonteinJohannesburg, South AfricaTel/Fax: +27113393629

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