Fed-up teachers to toyi-toyi today

HARARE - Zimbabwe's ever deteriorating education sector could suffer more damage after the country’s under-appreciated rural teachers said they would go on the streets today in a desperate endeavour to force the broke government to honour its dues and pledges to civil servants.

If the teachers’ threatened demonstration does take off, it will become the second major sector to embark on mass action after unhappy public sector medical staff — including doctors and nurses — went on strike last week in protest at the government’s failure to pay them their December salaries.

The Rural Teachers Union in Zimbabwe (RTUZ) has already submitted a notification letter to the Police Internal Security intelligence (Pisi) in Harare, informing the law enforcement agents of their intention to among other things “express our displeasure at the failure of government to pay salaries and bonuses of civil servants”.

“RTUZ, in conjunction with Zimbabwe Activist Alliance (ZAA), Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) and progressive citizens will be having a demonstration on the 4th of January 2016 in Harare to condemn and reject the 7,5 percent pension deduction on our meagre salaries,” RTUZ president Obey Masaraure further said.

Teachers got the shock of their lives on December 29 when they received their long-delayed salaries, when they were confronted with pension deductions ranging between $45 and $55 which they had not been notified of.

Masaraure said their demonstration, which would start in the morning with a march from Market Square to Fourth Street, would see them petition Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa at his offices at the New Government Complex.

The protestors, who observers say are harbingers of worse things to come, would also hand over the same petition to Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira at her Kaguvi Building offices so that they “restore the dignity of civil servants and also to show solidarity with health workers who are on strike and demand the payment of their salaries to avert loss of life”.

Masaraure told the Daily News yesterday that even though police had not responded to their request, they were going ahead with their protest.

He urged all civil servants, workers, vendors, students and ordinary Zimbabweans “to participate in this legal demonstration”.

Political analysts have warned that the country could be plunged into total chaos as fed-up civil servants, including teachers and medical staff ­— who spent a gloomy Christmas without their salaries — all threaten to take matters into their hands to force President Robert Mugabe’s broke government to honour its dues.

Comments (8)

The engine is heating up, soon and very soon the temperature is reaching unsustainable degrees.Please may the responsible authorities move in swiftly and provide at least a word of console to the messy.Why are we having an acting minister of Labour at this honour of need when the situation is unbearable????????

Nkululeko - 4 January 2016

Mugabe ne government yake pavachapererwa nemari yekubhadhara masoja nemapurisa ndopavachamuka. These morons have no clue what's around the corner. You can rig an election but can't rig the economy. There's no way Zim can be progressive when people like mnangagwa, chinamasa, mugabe are still leading this country, these are people with obsolete ideas to say the least. Can you imagine it's 2016 and we still have old people around 80-90+ years leading us with the way the world is developing? Unbelievable!!! Selfish people.

misty - 4 January 2016

Workers of Zimbabwe unite and you will unite the suffering masses

achipo - 4 January 2016

Shuwa. Whom do we have but the ploretariate to lead the struggle agsinn

Gomoguru - 4 January 2016

This govt has wasted our time for 36 years .Its now or never it must be kicked out so that we can choose another govt that is going to listen to us and take care of all citizens . They is no reason why we should have this govt .Another govt is needed if we are to move forward not this one we know it for 36 years it has been ruining our country and now it wants civil workers to work for mahala and when they carry out demos it barters them no no no mani we can not have a govt like that it is violeting our rights as the citizens . how long are we going to keep a lawless govt so that it can abuse us day out day in ..Kumele kucitheke izichebo lapha madoda lafazi . hayi bo .It surprises every one that a policeman who has not got his december salary is beating up people who are trying to correct the situation so that every one in govt including policemen can be paid then if that is not suskum what is it . These policemen are suspect are zanu pf youth abusing the police uniform . .

Diibulaanyika - 4 January 2016

mwari vanhu vaya vatangazve

matotoemheni - 5 January 2016

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