Nkiwane calls for peace

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions President, George Nkiwane, has called on workers to reject violence. He also urged Zimbabweans to “shun rogue politicians for peaceful, free and fair elections.” The call was made at a “Meet the ZCTU Structures,” meeting held at the unions’ offices in Bulawayo last week.

“Workers should not be used to beat up fellow citizens,” declared Nkiwane.

Percy Mcijo, a delegate, said, “Nkiwane is referring to the May 17, 2005 assault on then ZCTU First Vice President, Lucia Matibenga. She was attacked by partisan members of the Commercial Workers Union, one of whom is Chifamba Chiwape, who was then a District Coordinating Committee for Zanu (PF) in Mutare.” Matibenga is now the Minister of Public Service.

The meeting also discussed the need for affiliates to agree on a common Poverty Datum Line to help parties to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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