ROHR Zimbabwe Manchester General Meeting 14th September, 2013 Report

On Saturday 14th September, 2013 Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe human rights activists from all over the UK converged at Wai Yin Chinese Women Society, Grosvenor Centre, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M13 9UB for a general meeting which started at 2:00 pm and ended at 6:00 pm.

The meeting was graced by the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of The UK Chapter of ROHR Zimbabwe, Ms Pamela Dunduru and Patrick Gore respectively. Ms Dunduru chaired the meeting. Other members of the National Executive Committee of the UK Chapter who attended are Phyllis Chibanguza (Coordinator), Panyika Karimanzira (Secretary for Information & Publicity) and Delina Mutyambizi (Treasurer). Delina Mutyambizi is also Chairperson of Manchester branch.

Other attendees included Pythias Makonese (Vice Chairperson of Manchester branch), Mavu Chinyani (Fundraiser – Manchester branch), Tichaona Chikandamina (Treasurer – Manchester branch) as well as activists Gilbert Gumbo, David Ngwenya, Kudzai Samukange, Plaxedes Damiso (from Crawley) Susan Ndlovu (from Newcastle), Laina Mavunza (from Southampton), Nhamoinesu Douglas Kambarami (from Southampton), Tsitsi Jonas (from Southampton) Lyle Mpinda (Organizing Secretary – Manchester branch), Webster Batsirai Katsande (Deputy Organizing Secretary – Manchester branch) and Chris Deda
The meeting was also updated on the changes in the National Executive Committee. Ms Pamela Dunduru and Mr Patrick Gore outlined the vision of the National Executive – UK Chapter for the future. This included training programmes for office bearers at all levels and willing members, an idea that was received with enthusiasm by everyone present.

As has become the norm, the meeting was interactive with everyone participating in the proceedings. These included, among other things, the implications on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe of the recent elections in Zimbabwe as well as the way forward for the UK Chapter of ROHR Zimbabwe in its ever important role of providing material and intellectual resources to the people on the ground in Zimbabwe.

There was also a lively question and answer session during which everyone present contributed to the ensuing debate on a wide range of topics, including ROHR Zimbabwe’s ongoing involvement with and impact on the activities on the ground in Zimbabwe.

The meeting ended at a high note with delegates vowing to take part in the training programme outlined by the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the UK Chapter as well as to be more proactive in all matters to do with human rights in Zimbabwe and to be more active at branch level.

To view pictures taken at the event, click here.

By: Panyika Karimanzira – Information & Publicity Secretary