17 July 2020
Armed man broke into ARTUZ President cde Obert Masaraure’s house today at 01:00hrs today, they broke the doors, forced themselves in, kidnapped his wife for about a kilometer and detained her in the car for almost an hour threatening her with deaths for failing to reveal cde Obert Masaraure’s whereabouts. They were driving a silver Fortuner without plates and a double cab with covered plates.
This has come barely 4 days after another gang of armed men who introduced themselves as secret state security agents raided cde Masaraure’s uncle place of residence in Kuwadzana and abducted Masaraure’s cousin demanding the whereabouts of our union leader. We are highly saddened by this vulturous act by alleged state security agents who try to kill Cde Masaraure’s vision of a Zimbabwe where labour justice and inclusive access to education is realised. We have long urged the government of Zimbabwe to investigate these abductions and harrasments of our union leader and his family, but nothing tangible has been done. It is the responsibility of the state to protect it’s citizens, but the state turned to be a predator to young visionary union leaders. We are now living in fear as trade unionists.
We urge the President of Zimbabwe ED Mnangagwa to heed our call for a Zimbabwe where our rights to protection, fair wage, freedom of speech and after speech are guaranteed. This thuggish by the state security agents is destroying the international relations of our country as well as killing the future of many Zimbabweans.President Mnangagwa must think deep and order his men to respect other citizens, just imagine a woman being kidnapped and harassed at night by a gang of armed men who claim to represent your office, just because her husband is a union leader who is demanding better salaries for teachers. This is sad.Stop Abductions!!!Stop harassing workers!!!We can’t breathe, We are suffocated by the State!!
ARTUZ INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
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