Alice Chigumera

Born: 15th May 1965

Harare, Zimbabwe

Date of interview: 31st May 2006

Map showing where Alice Chigumera came from

If opportunity arises would you again get involved in politics in Reading?

I might say I'm very much involve in politics in certain ways because politics is not really about what you read at the university and become like a, you've got a political degree or whatever, it's what you believe in and the most important thing that I believe in is human rights. It has made me to be here in England because I thought there was lack of human rights in Zimbabwe and I spoke out about it and valued that and I think every person has a right to live a decent life. I'm sorry I didn't live a decent life when I came here, but I can't blame the system for that because, I mean in every aspect of life, everybody has to fight to get their way through and I did fight my way through four years down the line, I'm not complaining about anything, I've bought my house through the key worker scheme, I've got a stable life, I'm looking for a future with a career in the Reading Borough Council. I've had lots of haggles within the Reading Borough Council and I stand firm on what I believe in, never minding discrimination or prejudice against me, but I still stand on what I believe in and that's human rights.

Every person is a voice on their own. A voice does not necessarily mean speaking, a voice is practically what you do, it's a voice. Particularly how you cry, particularly how you look at people, how you dress, how you walk about, how you communicate with the rest of the world, how you persevere, that's what you call a voice. It's not about talking as being a politician talking, but what you do. The legal change that you make to one person who will tell the next person that she did make a lot of difference, I've done a lot of difference to many Zimbabweans, who believe I have political wise fought for their rights here, in the sense that now most Zimbabweans don't go home, they are not being sent home, but I had my own stay here, I used to go to London to make the protest, to say they should not be sent home, the judges revoked that and they're still not being sent home, so I made a difference in some aspects of my life. I've met signatories in Amnesty International concerning people who are imprisoned without charges and that is what we call a difference.