“On behalf of the suffering people of Zimbabwe I would want to say thank you to the people of Nottingham, your Lord Mayor your people have shown so much concern towards the suffering that the people of Zimbabwe are going through. I know you are fully aware that democracy is now non existant in Zimbabwe. I will emphasise that these relations are between the people of Nottingham and the Hararians. Mugabe is nowhere near this arrangement. Zimbabwe is consumed by a man made humanitarian crisis with the recent outbreak of cholera having claimed more than 800 lives so far. We understand Europe is affected by recession and the people of Nottingham are not an exception to this, however in the most trying times the people of Nottingham have dug deeper into their pockets all for a worthy cause. Its times like this when you need friends to stick by you. Thank you your Lord Mayor and God bless the people of Nottingham. Thank you.”
The occasion was also graced by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Midlands north Chairman Mr Tonderai Samanyanga, we both had a chat with the Mayor on where a number of projects were outlined, as NZCN we are going to make a follow up but our relief has been the eventual hosting of the Mayor Cheer Christmas Fund, we all understand the donations will go towards a worthy cause, also let it not be forgotten that there was almost a standoff that nearly caused the NZCN to pull out of the event in protest against the decision by the Home office to try and deport one of our members to Zimbabwe under the disguise that she is Malawian, we as NZCN would want to say thank once again to the Honourable MP Mr Alan Simpson for saving Patricia Wadi's intended deportation.
Regis Manyanya played a pivotal role in communicating with all authorities, may God bless all those who participated in this exercise.
I, Innocent Chirawu , as the current chairperson of NZCN would like to take this oppurtunity to express my sincere gratitude to Regis for fully representing me as I could not attend the function due to my working in Buckinghamshire. I am also greatly thankful to the Lord Mayor for placing the suffering Hararians on his agenda and extending that fund towards the cholera epidemic. Lastly, I would like to applaude everyone who participated in this noble and historic event. May the Good Lord bless you all. To quote a scripture let me say, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to all men of good will.