The president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), Obert Masaraure, was reportedly abducted from his Waterfalls home by unknown assailants who took him, stripped him naked and assaulted him for several hours.
The union, which called for a 3-day strike starting on Monday this week, said in a statement:
ARTUZ president abducted from his Waterfalls home in view of his wife and children. They took all cell phones in the house.
He was taken to a remote area along Seke Road where he was stripped naked, severely assaulted and interrogated for hours about ARTUZ’s industrial action.
ARTUZ condemns this shocking violation of the rights of our President and the continued assault against our union in response to our legal and peaceful actions to address legitimate labour issues. We call on the State, as the Employer, to immediately stop the persecution.