Police crush teachers' demo

HARARE - Police yesterday brutally crushed a demonstration by the country’s under-appreciated rural teachers — who were desperately bidding to force the broke government to honour its pledge to pay them their 13th cheque.

The Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ), together with the Zimbabwe Activist Alliance (ZAA) and the Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) gathered at Market Square in the capital before toyi-toying towards Fourth Street, using Nelson Mandela Avenue with the intention of making a stopover at Parliament Building before handing petitions to Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa and his Public Service counterpart Prisca Mupfumira at their offices.

However, the over 50 placard-waving protestors were soon to come face to face with the country’s law enforcement agents at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Third Street — where dozens of baton stick-wielding  police officers in anti-riot gear, descended on them and viciously beat them up.

“Mugabe promised us our bonuses where is the bonus? Amai nababa tofa nenzara  imi muchidya nekunwa kuFar East (Father and mother we are starving while you feast in a foreign land).

“No bonus, no salary, no work” and “Give our ZRP, army, nurses, doctors and teachers their salaries now,” read some of the placards.



At a time when the country is faced with unrest — due to unfulfilled pledges and hunger — President Robert Mugabe and his family are currently on holiday in the Far East something the opposition says is the clearest indication that the Zanu PF leader is insensitive to the plight of the masses.

ZAA national coordinator Tendai Mudewe told the Daily News that some of the protestors were seriously injured and were receiving treatment at a private hospital in the capital while others were arrested.

“I am currently at the hospital with some of our injured members. The RTUZ president (Obey) Masaraure and others have been arrested and are currently held at Harare Central Police Station where I am heading to as soon as I make sure that the other comrades here have received treatment. The struggle still continues until we get the government to respect us,” Mudewe said.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba was not immediately available for comment with an official who answered her phone saying she was in a meeting.

Gift Mtisi, the protestors’ attorney, confirmed of his clients’ arrest, saying no charge had been preferred against them by midday yesterday.

“Masaraure and his secretary-general Robson Chere, together with another RTUZ official, Pride Mkono, have been arrested but in the meantime, I am making frantic efforts to get them access to medical care because they have been assaulted. The police have not yet charged them because they want to transfer them to the law and order section,” Mtisi said.

Comments (5)

iri ndiro basa rakawora chairo. to be send to beat up hungry people when you are also hungry. very difficult to comprehend how people think really. pane mamwe mabasa anofanira kurambwa.

zvirozviyedzwa - 5 January 2016

Ndoo chihurumende chaasekuru vako ka ichi zvirozviyedzwa..... no freedom at all. Kaya Moyo ndoo maresults ekubudirira kwezanu pf ka uku. Oppression and dictating chete chete. Why can't they sit down and look the cause of those strikes then they negotiate how to solve them. Mandela once said ONLY A FREE MAN CAN NEGOTIATE. Zanu pple are not free at all that's why angoti koso pfuti dzatove mumaoko. Can't they see zimbabweans are peace loving pple?. That's why they strike in peace.

dembo - 5 January 2016

This is poetic chaizvo, where all decadence and rot started in Zim, it's where the final running battles are fought, kill each other, beat each other even eat each other, when things were cosy you were all part and parcel of maligning other regions, while all the brainy people and all the text books and desks remained in that region, your shools mostly electrified, while we fumbled inthe dark trying to read inthe dark.....bonus on you lot, the very people you always pamberied are now treating you as KAK....enjoy....no remorse, send in ZRP Fairbridge...the ones that beat you to become nice....Fairshare of buttons..mamama anhu acho

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Its a matter of time before money for security sector is finished, then ka BOOM!!

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