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teachers threatened for refusing Zanu PF access to school
Manayiti, The Standard (Zimbabwe)
a rural school in Nyanga North were recently threatened by state
security agents after they refused to grant Zanu-PF permission to
hold the party’s primary elections at the school premises
during learning time.
Kagore primary school told The Standard that they were summoned
to Nyanga where they were questioned for their motives by refusing
to let Zanu-PF hold elections at their school.
said they were now living in fear following the incident and some
were contemplating leaving the school.
are bringing horrible times to our families. We cannot continue
living here where some of us are being randomly picked for harassment
because we followed the what the minister [David Coltart] said in
reference to schools and political parties,” said a teacher
who requested anonymity.
expressed concern saying that harassment of teachers would negatively
affect their children at the school.
fear that we could lose our teachers unnecessarily,” said
one parent who refused to be named in fear of victimisation.
MP for the area
and MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora confirmed that teachers
at the school were harassed after they refused to grant Zanu-PF
permission to hold the party’s primary elections at the school
and his team at the said school are just following the directive
from the Education minister Coltart, that schools must not be abused
by political parties. That harassment speaks volumes about what’s
to come. We will refuse this abuse,” he said. He added: “Zanu-PF
is abusing both state apparatus and the state institutions to try
to further its sordid political goals. The new constitution
especially Section 208 in Chapter 11 clearly states security services
must never be partisan, not to further political interest of any
party or to prejudice the interests of other political parties.”
Provincial Education director, Andrew Chigumira confirmed that permission
to hold Zanu-PF primary elections at the school was not granted
but denied that teachers were threatened.
spokesperson Inspector Enock Chishiri said he was not aware of the
Efforts to get
a comment from Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo were fruitless
teachers left their work stations in rural schools during the violent
2008 elections as Zanu-PF youth militia embarked on a reign
of terror against them accusing them of supporting Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T.
refuge in urban areas while others skipped the country and got employed
I countries such as Botswana and South Africa.
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