8 April 2019

Zimbabwe: Honouring Our Heroes of the Fight for a Living Wage

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Zimbabwe recently witnessed a wave of state sponsored violence against the working class. The violence was meant to silence the ordinary people who were demanding food on the table from their government.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) salutes Zimbabweans from all walks of life who boldly stood up from December to date demanding a living wage for workers and a decent life for all citizens. These are our heroes.

ACTION: On Wednesday 10-04-2019 we call upon the citizens of Zimbabwe to honour our heroes by wearing RED - the international colour of trade unionism. Our heroes deserve a Red Salute.

We will also take the opportunity to mourn our heroes who lost their lives as they stood up for us.

At ARTUZ we celebrate our heroes who marched from Mutare to Harare, we honour our heroes who camped at Mthuli's office and we cherish all rural teachers who continue to work under very difficult conditions. We commiserate with our Cdes who have suffered abductions, arrests, torture and unjustified detentions. We salute those Cdes who have had their salaries ceased by the government as a way of silencing them but they remain unshaken. We stand with Cde Robson Chere who is being charged with misconduct in a brazen attempt to have him removed from the Public Service.

Below is our list of ARTUZ heroes who have suffered for the cause over the past few months. On Wednesday we invite All Citizens to compile names of our Red heroes. ADD your hero on #OurRedHeroes.

Christine Jubane

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan. Arrested and detained during Salary Camp. Salary suspended.

Mandiopera Gaudencia

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan.

Godfrey Chanda

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan. Arrested and detained during Salary Camp.

Gerald Tavengwa

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan. Arrested and detained during Salary Camp.

Brenda Musavengana

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan.

Regai Chinhuto

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan. Arrested and detained during Salary Camp.

Memory Phiri

Arrested and detained during Salary Caravan.

Sukoluhle Ndlovu

Arrested and detained during Salary Caravan.

Fortune Sibanda Jamela

Arrested and detained during Salary Camp.

Munyaradzi Ndawana

Arrested and detained during Salary Camp. Abducted and tortured on 21 March in Chinhoyi. Forced to transfer to a more remote school.

Lawrence Mapengo

Arrested and detained during Salary Camp.

Robson Chere

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan. Arrested and detained during Salary Camp. Abducted and imprisoned for the 14-16 January Stay away. Now facing a misconduct charge from employer. Salary suspended by gvt.

Obert Masaraure

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan. Arrested and detained during the Salary Camp. Abducted, tortured, imprisoned for the 14-16 January Stay away. Salary suspended by the gvt.

Tobias Manzungu

Harassed during Salary Caravan.

Andrew Munguri

Arrested and detained during Salary Camp.

Olivia Jaricha

Harassed by State Agents during Salary Caravan.

Takemore Mhlanga

Arrested and detained twice during Salary Caravan.

Blessing Samkange

Harassed by police during Salary Caravan.

Moreblessing Madambi

Harassed by police during Salary Caravan and Camp.

Maxwell Basiyawo

Abducted and tortured in Guruve on Friday 05-04-2019

Choose Kasongo

Harassed by police officers during Salary Camp.

Munyaradzi Masiiwa

Was arrested and detained during Salary Caravan.

MacDonald Kondo

Harassed by police officers during both Salary Caravan and Camp. He was the spokesperson of the organization during these campaigns.

Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)

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