Teachers who embarked on a 275km march from Mutare to Harare under the banner of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) say they were duped by the Union.
Some of the demonstrators who spoke to the Herald claim that they were taken for a ride. Having been promised US$100 for taking part in the march, the teachers reportedly got food hampers instead.
A teacher who spoke to the Herald said
Participants were supposed to be given US$100 each, but only received Christmas hampers donated by Citizens Manifesto. This infuriated the teachers who feel cheated.
ARTUZ members vowed not to partake in demonstrations slated for 7 January 2019 until the issue of funds is resolved.
Some teachers are also questioning the involvement of Citizens Manifesto and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights in issues to do with the welfare of rural teachers which they suspect was meant to access funds meant for the teachers’ welfare under ARTUZ.
When contacted for comment, ARTUZ president Obert Masaraure dismissed the claims. He said
What I want to assure you is that the movement of teachers will not be stopped. Our concerns are legitimate. We want salaries in US dollars. We are doing it for the good of the nation. This is not an issue to dramatise.