PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou, fuming over Mthuli Ncube‘s proposed bill to deduct 2.5% from all civil servants to set up a civil servants loan facility said the government was sending a very wrong message to the public that everyone needs to have a gun to be respected in Zimbabwe, New Zimbabwe reports.
Speaking to the publication Zhou said:
This cabinet‘s decision to establish special shops for the uniformed soldiers is madness of the highest order. This is a clear violation of the Constitution because soldiers are now going to be treated as first class citizens
The government is simply telling other Zimbabweans that they need to possess arms in order for them to be respected as well. Everybody is wallowing in poverty. What the government is doing is tantamount to fire-fighting
We will resist that obnoxious, callous and unjust measure by the government. PTUZ has taken a position to mobilise teachers across the union and the generality of Zimbabweans to resist this tax. According to our calculations, the government will raise more than $10 million alone in taxes from the teachers only.
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