ZIMTA Pulls Out Of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions

The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association has parted ways with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. The association accuses the labour union of meddling in politics.

Writing to ZCTU leadership, ZIMTA Manicaland provincial officer Mr Kudakwashe Mbaura said:

This note serves to notify you, that a resolution was made at our national annual general conference to withdraw from ZCTU. Following this, we have recalled all our members, hence they will not be able to participate in any ZCTU business.

ZIMTA chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu confirmed the development in an interview with the Chronicle saying the decision was made by their national executive who noted with concern the continued involvement of the ZCTU leadership in politics. Ndlovu said:

Zimta has been pursuing an ideology of non-partisan political activities. In our view it would be improper for a teacher who by heart and commitment does not believe in partisan politics to be dragged into opposition politics. The decision to pull out was made by our national executive meeting although it has not been formally communicated.

Ndlovu also said that the appointment of ZCTU secretary-general Mr Japhet Moyo to superintend over the forthcoming MDC-Alliance congress to be held in Gweru did not go well with the association.

ZCTU secretary-general Mr Japhet Moyo, however, said that ZIMTA had not officially conveyed their desire to pull out from the labour movement. He also said that he will be overseeing MDC congress in his personal capacity.

More: The Chronicle

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