Cops block unionists from petitioning Parly

HARARE - Police yesterday attempted to block Congress of  Zimbabwe Trade Unions (Cozitu) from delivering their petition to Parliament protesting the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court to allow employers to give three months’ notice before termination of employment contracts.

Twelve officers in anti-riot gear confronted Cozitu secretary-general Raymond Majongwe as he led dozens of his organisation’s members towards Parliament building from Africa Unity Square.

The baton-wielding anti-riot officers pushed them back. Police claimed they had been instructed from “above” to stop Majongwe from petitioning the august house.

A defiant Majongwe told the security agents that he was exercising his democratic right as a citizen and vowed that they would not budge.

Majongwe said Mugabe was against the police’s high-handedness.

“We have come here for Members of Parliament and you are not one of them since you are a member of the police force so you have no business here,” Majongwe fumed.

“This is a free country so we are going to present our petition whether you like it or not.”

He said some of the cops barring him could also be targeted for dismissal and that they stood to benefit from his actions.

“Today it is the teachers who are being targeted but you are next and your situation will be worse because you will lose your wives to your bosses when you fail to provide for them,” he said, much to the chagrin of the officers.

One officer charged: “You are now talking too much nonsense. Keep quiet now before we get angry with you.”

But Majongwe would not be silenced.

It only took the intervention of Parliament security personnel who advised the police that it was within Majongwe’s right to petition the august house.

“While you may have deliberated on this issue on several other forums, we believe Parliament can do more and assist in stopping this carnage,” reads part of the petition by Cozitu.

Parliament is set to debate the Labour Amendment Bill that Cabinet recently approved.

Comments (1)

Well dome Ray it takes amadhodha sibili to voice your concerns infront of the black booted police. Every citizen should bare it mind that the bill will eventually catch up with them. Some managers and Hrs got very busy signing other employees' dismissal letters only to be handed theirs the following morning.

papa - 7 August 2015

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