Almagated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) leaders are being accused of failing to pay US$100 each to teachers who participated in a march from Mutare to Harare.
ARTUZ leadership comprising Obert Masaraure, Dirk Frey and Robson Chere is being accused of misappropiating the funds. According to a disgruntled ARTUZ member, they were given food hampers instead. The ARTUZ member said members have vowed not to participate in future demonstrations. Said the ARTUZ member:
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 by The Herald yesterday, Mr Masaraure dismissed the claims and instead accused Government of failing to address their concerns.