Police ban workers protest

via Police ban workers protest | SW Radio Africa July 31, 2014 by Tichaona Sibanda

Police in Harare this week banned the Zimbabwe Railways and Artisans Union’s peaceful marches, which were scheduled for next week in the country’s four major cities.

The union had notified the police that its members in Bulawayo, Gweru, Harare and Mutare would stage peaceful demonstrations protesting against non-payment of their salaries and other work related challenges. The workers had also asked for a police escort during the planned two-hour long demonstrations.

But according to Lawyers for Human Rights the police said the demonstrations could not be allowed to go ahead. A statement from the rights group quoted a letter from Officer Commanding Harare Central District, Nesbert Saunyama, which said instead of marching the workers should engage management to resolve their dispute.

Observers said the demonstrations stood to draw attention on the extent of public discontent with corporate corruption and state maladministration, hence the police reaction.

The NRZ is one of the many parastatals that have been failing to pay workers due to loss making, corruption and bad management. Only last week Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said he may be forced to shut down loss making parastatals, which he said were suffocating the economy.


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    Tozvirevakupiko 7 years ago

    Did they really tbhink they would get the go-ahead? In Zimbabwe? Nxa…!

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    feared by zanupf 7 years ago

    If mugabelnd is such a milk and honey paradise what does zrp zpf fear ? Maybe the long overdue inevitable mob justice

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    Any crowd with no connections with zanu pf is a threat.kikikiki. They know the economy is imploding.

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    Kusvikazvanaka 7 years ago

    There is no money for salaries. NRZ is making loses each day. The available money is for the top guys only. They deserve the money since they make sure the name still exists. All the money from possible investors will go into their pockets first. It is a dog eat dog scenario.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    The man of Courage is never afraid-Confucious