Protesting Teachers Freed After State Refuses To Prosecute

Nine leaders of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) were freed on Monday after the State declined to prosecute.

The teachers were arrested during a wage protest march in Macheke on Saturday enroute to Harare. The teachers were midway through a 275km protest march from Mutare where they are demanding United States dollar wages as well as the payment of their full 2018 bonuses by government.

The teachers were briefly detained at Marondera central police where Criminal Nuisance charges were preferred against them. Police claimed they were not notified about the march as required by security laws. The teachers’ group disputed the allegations. According to the state, police had been notified of the marathon march.


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