ZCTU wants ZBC to retract lies

zctuHARARE - THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has written to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) demanding the national broadcaster to retract a story it aired accusing the labour organization of leading the disturbances at the constitutional all-stakeholders' conference held on 13 July.

Through their lawyers from Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni, ZCTU states that the ZBC lied when it said the labour organization led and distracted the proceedings leading to police intervention.

ZCTU is demanding an “unreserved retraction” of the article and giving it the same prominence as of the first bulletin of which should be within 10 days from the date of the letter. The letter is dated 6 August, 2009.

The ZCTU has threatened to file for defamation if the ZBC fails to meet its demands.

The ZCTU is also demanding a written apology that should also be published in prominent newspapers retracting the story.

In its bulletin of Monday 13 July, ZBC asserted, “. the first Constitutional All Stakeholders conference failed to take off in Harare as the poorly planned meeting turned into chaos with members of the ZCTU, NCA, ZINASU and MDC leading and distracting the proceedings.

“The police had to move in to avert a riotous situation when stakeholders from Zanu PF and war veterans reacted to the intimidation.”

Other organizations accused in the bulletin of leading the disturbances are yet to react.

Zanu PF hooligans allegedly led by legislators Patrick Zhuwawo and Savior Kasukuwere violently disrupted the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo’s welcome remarks on the first day of the Constitutional all-stakeholders conference.

Proceedings had to be stalled until the following day after political leaders Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara openly condemned the disruptions and ordered that the conference proceeds.

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