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develop cold feet over PTUZ celebrations
in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 05, 2007
The police have
developed cold feet over the Progressive
Teacher's Union Zimbabwe (PTUZ) celebrations of the World
Teacher's Day. The Officer Commanding Bulawayo District, Chief
Superintendent Wasara communicated with the PTUZ Secretary General
(SG) Raymond Majongwe informing the organizations that they could
go ahead with the commemorations as per their plans.
"He (Wasara) called
me today and informed me that we can collect a police clearance
letter from their offices and proceed with our activities. I think
they are under pressure from ILO and Education International. Yesterday,
we informed these organizations about the how the police were behaving.
I think they called the Ministry of Home Affairs about the situation.
So we are going ahead with our commemorations of this noble day
for teachers," said Majongwe.
Following the developments,
PTUZ had to cancel its urgent High Court application which it filed
yesterday protesting the police threats to disrupt the union's
commemoration activities which will take place tomorrow at the Bulawayo
The PTUZ had vowed that
it was going to proceed with its plan with or without the police
Meanwhile, the student
leader, Eddison Hlatshwayo who was arrested on 27 September 2007
is still detained at Masvingo Remand cells. He will appear in court
on Monday 8 October 2007, marking 12 days in the sub-humane remand
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