Zimbabwe’s public sector suspends nationwide planned strike, fear police and military brutality, teachers to down tools

Zimbabwe’s public sector suspends nationwide planned strike, fear police and military brutality, teachers to down tools

Zimbabwe’s main public sector union has backed down from plans for a national strike, citing the volatile situation after security forces cracked down on protestors this month, but teachers will go ahead with a work stoppage.

The Zimbabwe Teachers Union (ZIMTA) and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said in a joint statement on Thursday that their more than 55,000 members will not report for duty from next Tuesday, exposing a split between the education sector and the rest of the civil service.

“Our members will be withdrawing their services/labour and will not be reporting for duty with effect from the said date,” the unions said. A ZIMTA official said other smaller teachers’ groups would likely join the strike. Continue reading Zimbabwe’s public sector suspends nationwide planned strike, fear police and military brutality, teachers to down tools

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Zimbabwe Government deploys army in urban areas in another ‘Murambatsvina’ – ‘street clean-up’

Zimbabwe Government deploys army in urban areas in another ‘Murambatsvina’ – ‘street clean-up’

Zimbabwe appears headed for another social crisis as authorities have embarked on a widespread operation to destroy illegal structures in urban areas, reminiscent of the 2005 disastrous Operation Murambatsvina which left over 700 000 people homeless. Continue reading Zimbabwe Government deploys army in urban areas in another ‘Murambatsvina’ – ‘street clean-up’

Zimbabwe descends into chaos as police arrest scores in harsh crackdown on protests

Zimbabwe descends into chaos as police arrest scores in harsh crackdown on protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles arrested a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, along with scores of others, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country.

As some hungry Harare residents reported being tear-gassed by police when they ventured out for bread, President Emmerson Mnangagwa denounced what he called “wanton violence and cynical destruction.” He noted a right to protest and said he understands the “pain and frustration,” but he appeared to side with authorities who blame the opposition for unrest.

Pastor Evan Mawarire was clutching a Bible when police bundled him into their car in the capital, Harare. He had organized what became nationwide anti-government protests in 2016 against mismanagement and then-President Robert Mugabe’s long stay in power.

“They are alleging that he incited violence through Twitter and other forms of social media in the central business district,” said Beatrice Mtetwa, the pastor’s lawyer.

Eighty-two people appeared in court in Harare on charges of public violence Continue reading Zimbabwe descends into chaos as police arrest scores in harsh crackdown on protests

Former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe Under South Africa Police Arrest Warrant

Former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe Under South Africa Police Arrest Warrant

|AIWA! NO!|South Africa issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe over an alleged assault of a model in Johannesburg last year, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

After the alleged beating with an electric cable came to light in August 2017, the South African government granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

That immunity was overturned by a South African court this year after the alleged victim, Gabriella Engels, challenged the decision.

Continue reading Former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe Under South Africa Police Arrest Warrant