Staff Writer 11 August 2017
HARARE – In a rare challenge to Zimbabwe’s powerful generals, the
country’s largest trade union Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) has
said the military should stop interfering in politics.
The trade union said in its Defence Forces Day message that it had noted
with consternation the recent utterance and public spat between the Higher
and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo and the commanders of the
army and air force.
“Our defence forces must never be involved in party politics. If they want
to join politics, they must remove their uniforms,” Sylvester Mutindindi,
ZCTU acting secretary general said.
The ZCTU said it was also worried by reports of massive corruption in the
police force, particularly from those in the traffic section.
“There has also been an outcry about the number of roadblocks that are
being mounted by the police to extort money from members of the public.
Such actions destroy the entire image of the police,” Mutindindi said.