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NMWUZ President Demands Immediate Release Of ARTUZ Leader Obert Masaraure

NMWUZ President Demands Immediate Release Of ARTUZ Leader Obert Masaraure

National Mine Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (NMWUZ) President Mr Kurebwa Javangwe Nomboka has demanded the immediate release of Obert Masaraure whose recent detention he had labelled as unlawful, freelance journalist Maxwell Teedzai reports. 

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) leader was arrested on Friday 8 July 2022 by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers and charged with defeating or obstructing the course of justice as defined in Section 184(1)(c) of Criminal Code alternatively incitement to commit public violence as defined in Section 187(1)(a) of Criminal Code as read with Section 36(1)(a) of Criminal Code.

Prosecutors alleged that Masaraure authored a statement that he published on Twitter and on the ARTUZ website, which was meant to prejudice his pending trial to persuade the teachers’ union members and the general public to commit public violence.

In his recent solidarity message on behalf of the NMWUZ Executive, National Council and General Members, Nomboka said:

The real reason they’re incarcerating Masaraure is that he is fighting for the labour rights of teachers in Zimbabwe. It’s a legal right of civil servants in particular and workers, in general, to hold peaceful demonstrations or even participate in an industrial action where they might feel that their rights as teachers would have been grossly tampered with.

We view this as a clear effort by the State to silence Comrade Masaraure who has been very vocal against human rights violations as well as his push for the betterment of working conditions for teachers and with that we’re left with no other option but to go on a nationwide strike as a last resort to demand the unconditional release of Masaraure.

A Harare court has repeatedly denied bail for Masaraure. 

Earlier on, Masaraure had been arrested by ZRP officers on 14 June 2022 and charged with murder as defined in Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. He was accused of teaming up with some unnamed accomplices to kill Issa on 11 June 2016.

Investigations in 2016 indicated that Masaraure was nowhere near the scene when Issa fell to his death. He was granted bail amounting to ZWL60 000 by High Court Judge Justice Munamato Mutevedzi.

Some government critics say Masaraure who is also the Spokesperson for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, is being harassed for demanding better wages and working conditions for teachers and all workers at large. 

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12 Comments

Patriot 3 weeks ago

Batai munhu vakomana.you will rot in jail.ask job sikhala nekuda kuziva mahara.uchawana mukadzi atorwa ende kumwe kupusa so.uno ungapedze nhamo yavanhu vose iyewe?


Noodles 3 weeks ago

Ndobasa rake that's why ari president we union yake nxaaa ****

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 weeks ago

Kutonga madzoro varumeweee. Mangwana ndi Masaraure uyu achatonga. The same judiciary you have captured today shall be captured by Masaraure tomorrow and he will abuse it to the best of his experience !!!!!

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Captain Jack Sparrow 3 weeks ago

"Politics and war are 2 sides of the same coin" C J Sparrow. In war there is nothing called a peaceful demonstration nothing called rights, any action contrary is considered hostile kkkk He should rot in jail ...


Mukadota 3 weeks ago

You cannot incarcerate the truth.


Cecil 3 weeks ago

Patriot makadhakwa brain hamuna kusiyana nevanoda kuvaka tallest building in Africa ivo vachipisa mafuta e$200usd kunovhura blair toilet yavakwa 50 000rtgs,sorry for being sculdaggered by our black British minded people who rule this country.bull ****,u feel happy when someone gets detained for his rights


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