The Amalgamated Rural Teachers of Union (ARTUZ) pledged that it will continue with its march from Mutare to Harare in spite of the arrest of its leaders.
Nine members of ARTUZ were on Saturday arrested by the police in Macheke. They were then taken to Marondera Police Station and charged with criminal nuisance.
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They were released into the custody of their lawyer, Timomuda Shoko from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. They will appear at Marondera Magistrates’ Courts on Monday, December 17.
In an interview with Newsday on Sunday, Artuz boss Obert Masaraure said
The arrest was an act of banditry by the State against its own citizens. It was barbaric, to say the least. Unarmed teachers were confronted by heavily armed police officers and thrown in custody without a charge. Charges were only preferred seven hours after the arrest.
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