Teachers forced to join ZANU PF structures in Mutasa South

Teachers from three schools in Mutasa South are being forced against their will to take positions within ZANU PF structures in the area, SW Radio Africa learned on Tuesday.

On Friday, a war vet identified as Masikati and accompanied by the ZANU PF ward 25 chairman JB Bonde, summoned about 45 teachers from schools that surround Purplow farm (there is one secondary and two primary schools in the area).

The constituency is held by the MDC-T’s former Mutare Mayor, Misheck Kagurabadza and the party’s provincial spokesman Pishai Mucharaya confirmed the incident, and deplored the action by the war vets to force teachers to join ZANU PF.

‘A number of the teachers visited our provincial offices in Mutare and told us what happened in Mutasa South. After they were force-marched to a ZANU PF meeting, they were literally being forced to become branch and cell secretaries and chairmen.

‘As the MDC-T we believe in freedom of association, freedom of assembly and deplore in the strongest of terms such barbaric acts by war vets in Mutasa South to arm twist the teachers to join their party,’ Muchauraya said.

The Makoni South MP said some of teachers told them they declined to accept the positions.

‘They told us they now live in fear and only take comfort in the fact that they don’t reside in the area. Most of them live in Mutare and commute to work every day,’ Muchauraya added. – SW Radio Africa News

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