New Zimbabwe (London)

1 May 2014

Zimbabwe: Majongwe in Botswana for "Regime Change"

FIREBRAND trade unionist Raymond Majongwe has been hired by workers in Botswana to come and address them on how to influence "regime change" in that country's labour movement.

This was revealed by his Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) where Majongwe is secretary general.

"...Our SG has been invited to give the keynote address in Botswana at that country's May Day celebrations under the theme, "Unleashing a progressive labour agenda through regime change," reads a posting in the PTUZ's Facebook page.

"To us, this comes as an honour and it also gives us the opportunity to take our issues to SADC countries and share experiences with them and we know you (PTUZ members) are with us in spirit."

Majongwe is a vocal campaigner for labour rights and a fierce critic of the Zanu PF led government.

He was early this month almost denied a new passport by Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede as it emerged he was among some blacklisted Zimbabweans who were not supposed to be issued with passports without being subjected through security checks.

But even after he was finally issued with a passport, Mudede reportedly had stern talk with Majongwe who however could not disclose the "sensitive" details.

Meanwhile, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be part of the May Day celebrations organised by the George Nkiwane led Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) at Gwanzura stadium.

Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the former premier will be at Gwanzura because "he has been invited there" by the workers.

The MDC-T leader has openly sided with the Nkiwane led faction of the divided workers' group which has also endorsed his leadership in the wake of the current leadership in MDC-T.

It was not clear however if the Tendai Biti led MDC-T will be part of any May day celebrations.

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