Police disrupt 'unsanctioned' Workers' Day meeting

HARARE - Police yesterday disrupted Workers’ Day celebrations organised by the Concerned Affiliates of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions at Raylton Sports Club in Harare.

They rounded up leaders including Raymond Majongwe arguing that the police did not authorise the gathering.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi could not immediately comment as he was out of town while chief spokesperson Charity Charamba was not picking up her phone.

Human and labour rights lawyers Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Rogers Matsikidze of Matsikidze & Mucheche Commercial & Labour Law Chambers were frantically trying to secure the trade unionists’ release yesterday.

Meanwhile, speaking on the sidelines of a poorly-organised Workers’ Day celebration in Mbare, Harare yesterday, Zimbabwe Industry Revolution Worker Federation (ZIRWF) president Samuel Makureye heaped praise on the black empowerment drive which he claimed uplifts their members’ welfare.

“As a workers’ federation, we are happy that government is driving an empowerment agenda, however, we want the programme to be transparent and be objective,” Makureye.

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in marking May Day which is celebrated on May 1 with various labour federations holding separates events.

By midday, the federation had not begun official celebrations and women clad in their Zanu PF regalia, were wandering around the venue.

According to Ekemu Chakanetsa, the secretary-general of the ZIRWF, the federation is not politically-driven although he could not justify why Zanu PF regalia dominated the stadium.

The group had invited acting Harare governor, Alfred Tome to be their guest speaker who told journalist that this year’s celebrations should give workers an opportunity to “restrategise and refocus their fight for a better working condition.” - Xolisani Ncube

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