The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) on Monday revealed that it had written to President Emmerson Mnangagwa calling for the release of incarcerated Zimbabwe Congress of Unions leaders.
BFTU Secretary General Thusang Butale said they wrote to the government of Zimbabwe protesting against the arrest of workers exercising their rights. A copy of the letter was forwarded to the Zimbabwe Embassy in Botswana and the Geneva Human Rights office. Said Butale:
We urge the Zimbabwe government to restore a social climate that is free of violence and fear, to guarantee the safety of all protesters and to immediately and unconditionally release those arrested, including Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) General Secretary Japhet Moyo and President Peter Mutasa.
We call on the Botswana Government and SADC leaders to exert pressure on the Government of Zimbabwe.
Botswana is a direct neighbour of Zimbabwe and in keeping with our ideals and ethics, we cannot turn our backs against a neighbour in need.