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Open Letter to Public of NZ on Plight of Zimbabwe

Open Letter to the Public of New Zealand on the Plight of Zimbabwe


Thursday 17th July 2008

Dear fellow New Zealanders,

I call upon you all to do your bit in applying pressure on the appropriate parties when it comes to the plight of Zimbabwe and its people.

Immediate action is needed as the situation in Zimbabwe is grave and continues to deteriorate by the day. It is not good enough that we stay silent while there are people massacred, butchered, tortured, raped, pillaged, dying of hunger, fearing for their lives.

We must call for the Chinese, Russian and South African governments to reconsider their positions and actively and directly assist the United Nations, the United States and the United Kingdom bring about democracy and peace to Zimbabwe and its people.

Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party must be brought to justice and be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

For more information about what is happening in Zimbabwe or if you would like to take some action, go and visit the following sites:

http://www.alertnet.org/
www.amnesty.org.nz
www.hrw.org
www.bbc.co.uk
www.cnn.com
http://www.un.org/english


or write a letter to our Prime Minister : Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
Prime Minister
Parliament Buildings
P.O. Box 18-041
Wellington


ENDS


Attached - to ambassadors to the United Nations


Tuesday 15th July 2008

Your Excellencies,

I write to you with the greatest concern and the heaviest of hearts as the situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate.

I have included in this open letter to you, an urgent appeal I sent to Robert Mugabe almost 3 weeks ago. I hope that you all will take the time to read it.

I ask every Ambassador to the United Nations to apply pressure on the member states who continue to veto resolutions that will impose harsher sanctions on the Mugabe regime. Pressure needs to be especially applied upon the Chinese, South Africans and Russians who have vested interests in Zimbabwe and for that very reason continue to defy the call for unconditional condemnation and action against Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF Party.

The reputation of the Security Council and the United Nations in general rests on what action if any they will take to restore democracy and peace to Zimbabwe. My continued faith and confidence in the United Nations is also on the line as is my faith in humanity. If the International community continues to turn its back on the plight of Africa then I will lose all hope that we can ever achieve peace and Gandhi's and Luther King's legacies will die along with the United Nations.

Please I beg of you all to apply immediate pressure on the necessary and appropriate parties involved in this horrific situation. I ask for justice for the hundreds of thousands who have already died in Zimbabwe and I demand that Mugabe and Zanu PF be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

I truly hope that you have taken on board what I have said and what I am asking you to do. I know that I am just a nobody really in the scheme of things but I cannot stay silent while millions are starving, hurting, dying and fearing for their lives.

Yours Sincerely,


Lachlan Mackay


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24th June 2008
President Robert Mugabe
Private Bag 7700
Causeway
Harare
ZIMBABWE


Dear Mr. President,

I write to you with the greatest urgency and concern,

Your country is suffering, mentally and physically because of your dictatorial and tyrannical rule. You have destroyed the spirit of your people and decimated the economy. Your people are starving as a result of this. Your supporters rape, kill and pillage wherever and whenever possible. None of your people feel safe anymore. Is this what you want people to remember you by? Is this to be your legacy?

Mr. Mugabe what happened to you? There was so much promise and hope when you first became Prime Minister of your newly independent country. What went wrong?

I beg you please to stop the violence. Stop the killing, the raping, the pillaging and the intimidation of your people. Bring back democracy. Allow the media to operate freely. Allow for free and fair elections to take place at the earliest opportunity possible. Allow aid agencies to assist a new national unity government rebuild your broken country.

For the sake of your people, your country, your family and your soul redeem yourself before it is too late. Can you not see that this path you are following will only lead to more pain and destruction and will ultimately lead to the demise of your supporters, family and in the end your rule as evil is always overcome by good whether there was any personal input on your part or not.

Gandhi stated many times - “ that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won, there have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end they always fall”. I would like to quote Gandhi again if I may... “the only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles ought to be fought”. Both quotes I truly believe in. Please let me make it quite clear to you that I am not attacking you because you are a person, but I am attacking your sins. I hope that somewhere deep down inside of you, there is still some good and it is to that bit of you that I am desperately appealing to. Please give me some hope and faith to believe in humanity again.

I hope that you do seriously consider what I have said,

Yours Sincerely,


Lachlan Mackay

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