Zanu-PF has resorted to ordering teachers, to contribute at least $1 each towards its
$8 million extraordinary congress scheduled for December.
In a statement Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) said that its members had been given up to next week to make the payments. It urged members to resist being manipulated by Zanu-PF. Said ARTUZ:
The greedy and parasitic grouping called by the acronym Zanu PF has once again descended on rural teachers, especially in Mudzi district, demanding cash contributions from teachers. ARTUZ urges district school inspectors and school heads to uphold professional ethics and resist manipulation by the ruling party. Teachers are saddled with a tall order of implementing a shambolic and cumbersome new curriculum coupled with a monetary crisis that has eroded their salaries by up to 75%. We would expect all rational citizens to commiserate with the teachers, but rationale is now alien to Zanu PF.
Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe confirmed receiving complaints from their members over the issue.