The government has scoffed at reports that president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), Obert Masaraure, was abducted and tortured by state security agents.
No sooner had images of the lacerated back of Masaraure surfaced on social media that the government-aligned strolls took over Twitter, mocking the trade unionist for his troubles.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland ambassador to Zimbabwe, Melanie Robinson expressed concern over the abduction and torture of activists. Said Robinson:
Such extra-judicial actions are clearly inconsistent with Zimbabwe’s constitution and the government’s stated reform agenda.
However, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana said the images are “fake news”. He said:
These are very old scars. Matanga Fake News. Tipei maserious (You have started with fake news, can you be serious).
ARTUZ called for a 3-day strike starting on Monday, which the Union claimed was a success.
Teachers of late have been at loggerheads with the government over poor working conditions. They are now demanding salaries in US dollars.
Ndabaningi Nick Mangwana is a politician, political analyst, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity and a member of Zanu-PF. He was the chairperson of Zanu-PF U.K chapter. Mangwana was popular with his column View from the diaspora which is published in the... Read More About Nick Mangwana
Obert Masarause is an educator, activist and trade union leader in Zimbabwe. He is the current president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe. He has been arrested several times while organising for the rights of rural teachers. In January 2019, following the ARTUZ... Read More About Obert Masaraure
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), formerly Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, is a teachers' trade union focused on the needs of teachers employed in the rural areas in Zimbabwe. It was founded in 2009 and launched officially in Harare on the 12th... Read More About Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe