ZCTU President Lovemore Matombo told Newsreel on Thursday that they have written to the broadcaster requesting an unreserved retraction of the story. They also want the ZBC to give the same prominence to the retraction as they did to the first story.
The ZCTU letter dated 6 August gives the broadcaster 10 days to comply, or face a defamation suit. The labour body also wants a written apology to be published in prominent newspapers. ZANU PF thugs disrupted the constitutional conference demanding an endorsement of the controversial Kariba Draft and even threatened to repeat the violence of the 2008 elections. But the state broadcaster went on to run a story blaming the ZCTU, the National Constitutional Assembly and the Zimbabwe National Students Union for disrupting the meeting.
Amazingly footage of the disruption clearly showed ZANU PF MPs Patrick Zhuwawo and Savior Kasukuwere leading the chaos. Police details called to quell the rowdy mob could be seen half heartedly marshalling them out of the hotel, in stark contrast to the brute force used to crush opposition activists.
Zimbabwes Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has threatened to sue ZBC, the state broadcaster, if they do not retract a false story they broadcast alleging that the labour body participated in disrupting the first all stakeholders constitutional conference in Harare.