ZCTU dismisses Mathema warning

Source: ZCTU dismisses Mathema warning – DailyNews Live

STAFF REPORTER      13 November 2018

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s largest trade union federation has dismissed a warning
from Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema that those planning
anti-government demonstrations risked dire consequences.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), an ally of Nelson Chamisa’s
MDC, said it was disturbed by comments attributed to Mathema that any
future anti-government demonstrations would be crushed.

Mathema has said government has put in place security measures to deal
with malcontents planning to disturb the peace prevailing in the country
through illegal demonstrations.

“The ZCTU would like to remind the minister that Zimbabweans have an
inalienable right to demonstrate as enshrined in the Zimbabwe

In essence what the minister did was to throw the Constitution out of the
window,” Japhet Moyo, the ZCTU secretary-general said in a statement.

“The threat to unleash the security forces on demonstrating citizens is
barbaric and has no place in modern Zimbabwe.”

The ZCTU has in the past staged nationwide strikes and job walkouts to
protest the government’s policies.