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  • PTUZ leaders arrested
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    February 14, 2007

    At around 1220hrs today, the 14th of February 2007, Zimbabwean Police arrested Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) President and Secretary General Takavafira Zhou and Raymond Majongwe respectively for spearheading the national strikes for teachers demanding salaries which are in tandem with the PDL. The arrests come barely an hour after members of the Central Intelligence Office (CIO) stormed Seke 4 High School in Chitungwiza and quizzed Harare Chairperson, Jacob Rukweza, about the state of the nationwide teachers strike.

    Majongwe was arrested in Malbereign at Haig Park Primary School together with McDonald Mangauzana whilst Zhou was arrested in Masvingo at Rukato Primary School with someone only referred to as Gideon. The four were on a monitoring and evaluation escapade of the strike which has grounded the education sector which started last three weeks ago.

    Majongwe and Mangauzana were dragged into a Mazda pickup truck plate number ZRP 3336 M and are being held at Harare Central Law and Order. Zhou and Gideon are being held at Chikato Police Station.

    The Coalition deplores the unjustified detention of the teachers' leadership. The state should rather concentrate on addressing the cause of the industrial action which has. paralyzed the education sector.

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