Huddersfield Conservative forms new anti-Mugabe group
by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A HUDDERSFIELD man has formed a new group to increase the pressure on
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.
Alan Fish – who has visited the African country twice in the last three
years – wants to help oust the ageing president.
The High Flatts man set up Conservatives for Zimbabwe this month to try to
build support for change in the impoverished state.
Mr Fish, 58, who is a member of the party, said: “We’ve formed the group to
attract individual Conservatives who are interested in democracy and the
rule of law in Zimbabwe.”
He set up the group with Coventry-based Emily Madamombe, who fled Zimbabwe
because of her membership of then-opposition group the Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC).
Mr Fish said: “Emily has quite a few contacts with Government ministers and
people on the ground in Zimbabwe.
“We can get information from the country to people in the Conservative Party
which they might otherwise miss.
“We thought that having an organisation within the party would be more
useful than operating from the outside and trying to get individual members
Conservatives for Zimbabwe will hold its first meeting next month.
“Bob Fernandez, who campaigns for dispossessed white farmers, will speak to
about 40 of us from the Conservative Farming Group in Denby Dale,” he said.
Mr Fish first visited Zimbabwe in 2008, weeks before the MDC went into an
uneasy powersharing government with Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF. He visited the
country again this year.
Mr Fish told the Examiner he hopes Britain will be prepared to attack Mr
“I would like to see a policy more geared to the Arab Spring,” he said. “If
people go on to the streets in Zimbabwe will we send in the RAF?
“That’s what we did when Gaddafi threatened his own population.
“However, it’s a different ball park because there’s no oil in Zimbabwe. It
would be nice if they treated Zimbabwe the way they treated Libya.
“But we’re trying to put the pressure on for the rule of law and true
democracy – not the sham democracy there is at the moment.
“There is a lot of intimidation in Zimbabwe, about 20 incidents of political
violence every day.”
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