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ZCTU condemns the alleged attack on NCA members
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
February 05, 2004

The Zimbabwe 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.

Abducting Lovemore 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.

Wellington Chibebe
Secretary General

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