Police arrest ZCTU protesters, Harare in lockdown…2 % Tax Demo

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2018

Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema has warned that police will be out in full force today to thwart any attempts by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to demonstrate against the worsening economic crisis in the country. "You and your cohorts will instead leave Zanu PF by the will of the people and this we will do in the coming few weeks as Zimbabweans in general now require new and progressive leadership that is not resident in the past and refuses to accept change", part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa last November enroute to new Zimbabwe.

The labor organization, which once organized such protests when former President Robert Mugabe was still in power, says this is too much for workers living from hand to mouth.

ZCTU called for a national demonstration against the new financial reforms which have triggered sharp hike in prices of basic commodities sending people into panic spending.

"In Harare, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers arrested ZCTU members including the labour union's leaders, Peter Mutasa and Japhet Moyo, at their offices and detained them at Harare Central Police Station". In dismissing the ZCTU application, Ncube cited the current cholera outbreak and stated that the labour union's protest could turn violent as there is discontentment among citizens over the current economic situation.

263Chat also learnt that in Masvingo senior ZCTU officials were arrested in connection with the protest which was planned to go simultaneously around the country. We have instructed our lawyers to challenge (the police ban).

"I have discussed this with the Registrar-General, who has assured me that there is now a work plan in place to clear the backlog within the shortest possible time and bring passport production to within normal timelines", Mathema said.

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