Harare magistrate Mrs Rumbidzai Mugwagwa yesterday issued a warrant of arrest for Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) President Obert Masaraure.
Masararure (34), who is on $500 bail, is facing charges of subverting a constitutional Government and inciting public violence. The warrant of arrest was issued after he failed to attend court. The State alleges from January 7-11 Masaraure led a group of trade unions at Africa Unity Square and at New Government Complex urging members of the public to revolt against the constitutionally elected Government of Zimbabwe.
The State further alleged that on January 13, Masaraure and Zimbabwe Youth Alliance president Kumbirai Learnmore Magorimbo (34), who is already on remand facing the same charge, sent WhatsApp messages on social media platforms urging workers not to go to work and encouraging civil disobedience or resistance of any law.