Therefore,if the next General Elections for Zimbabwe are to be legitimate and credible,then the 5 million citizens in the diaspora must vote says barbara nyagomo 2yrs ago, when she went to number 10 downing street.
By Admore Tshuma in Johannesburg, South Africa SUNDAY, 18 APRIL 2010 10:55 EDITOR zimdiaspora .com
While Graca Machel, wife of Nelson Mandela has told the British not to tamper with Zimbabwean politics, UK based Zimbabwean activist Barbara Nyangomo who says is representing one million Zimbabweans denied voting rights has appealed directly to the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to exert pressure on President Mugabe’s government as a means of enforcing human rights.
Machel, a founder member of the Elders group of world leaders and the wife of Nelson Mandela, warned British politicians last week to “keep quiet” about countries such as Zimbabwe and let African diplomacy take its course.
But Ms Nyangomo has written a letter and handed over a petition to Mr Brown saying she is doping so on behalf of one million other Zimbabweans who are fed-up with the prevailing politics in their country.
In her facebook campaign page, Ms Nyangomo today writes: “1 Million Zimbabwean Voices 17/04/10 Voting Rights Petition handed over to number 10 Downing Street now we wait for the response. I was well received at the Prime Ministers place on behalf of 1 Million Zimbabwe Voices. On Monday we will start forwarding the petition to all relevant Authorities internationally. Thank you for your support. ALUTA CONTINUA”.
Below we publish Ms Nyangomo’s letter to Mr Brown.
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The Office of the Prime Minister
No 10 Downing Street
17th April 2010
For the Attention of the Prime Minister
We the people of Zimbabwe have gathered together with 1 Million Zimbabwean Voices Limited to present to you a petition calling for action from the International Community on behalf of Zimbabwean people around the world, to continue to place pressure on the government of Zimbabwe in order to give the people of our nation the fundamental right of participation in the free and fair general elections to choose the leader of our country, no matter where they choose to live.
Currently over four and a half million Zimbabwean Nationals are denied the opportunity to vote freely as the current government continues to withhold our right to vote while outside of the boarders of Zimbabwe. We present this petition to the British Government of the day calling for you to use your power and influence as a Leading World Power to ensure that the rights outlined in our petition are granted to our people.
It has always been out intention to present this petition to the Zimbabwean Government along with the International Community to show that the people of Zimbabwe are serious about their desire to participate in the politics of our nation. However at this time, we have become aware of numerous reports in both Zimbabwean and International media of increased levels of violence against opposition leaders, and members of various minority parties. People have been arrested for speaking out publicly against the current regime, and there is a real concern for the safety of our people in Zimbabwe. For this reason we have made the decision not to present this petition with names of people living in Zimbabwe to the government. It would be horrific to think we have placed people in danger while trying to win the rights of Zimbabweans living abroad.
Please accept this call from over 1000 Zimbabwean people who have signed this petition, to address the issues outlined in the document, and continue to bring focus to the issues of Zimbabwean People around the world. Without the help of the International Community and Leaders in your position to continue to put pressure on the Zimbabwean Government, we will never realise our desire to live in a free, prosperous and safe environment in our nation. We thank you for your time in considering our request, and look forward to working with your office to bring results to the people of Zimbabwe. Together we have a real chance to bring change to our nation, and with your continued help, support and pressure, Zimbabweans everywhere may one day have the opportunities we all take for granted.
We have come to the realisation that our country needs us, and today we stand as 1 Million Zimbabwean Voices, united in our desire to see our nation liberated from the greed and corruption that strangles the life blood from it. We are peaceful and friendly people, and have endured much in the last three decades. It is our time to stand up and call for change, and your support in this process is critical to our success.
We look forward to your response and trust that our future will see us change dreams into reality as we strive together to solve the problems of our nation.
Ms Barbara Nygomo
For and on behalf of
1 Million Zimbabwean Voices Limited
see link of the original letters http://www.scribd.com/full/30534728?access_key=key-7oux2yqrc17pw3tetnz