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condemns the alleged attack on NCA members
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
February 05, 2004
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) unreservedly condemns the alleged
attack on the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) Chairperson,
Dr. Lovemore Madhuku and 13 other activists by the riot police on
4 February 2003.
It seems the
Police have realized that draconian laws like the Public Order and
Security Act (POSA) have failed to suppress the aspirations and
activism of the majority, which it was in the first place promulgated
for, and have now resorted to the use of brutal force.
The action by
the riot police to take the law into their own hands is an affront
to the whole legislative process in the country and is now a cause
for concern to democracy aspirants.
Madhuku and severely beating him and dumping him in a bushy area
is more of savagery which can only be attributed to a tyrannical
police force that is only concerned with maintaining a political
status quo which is against the wishes of the majority. It is also
a threat to other civic leaders as well.
The ZCTU would
like to make it clear that this action by the police will only manage
to agitate unrest in the country as it pushes civic society to gear
up for direct confrontation with the law enforcement agents who
seem to be enforcing jungle laws.
We call upon
the Police Commissioner to impress upon his officers to exercise
maximum restrain when they deal with public gatherings and protests
as enshrined in the Zimbabwe Constitution.
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