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Police Block Civil Servants’ Demonstration In Harare

Police Block Civil Servants’ Demonstration In Harare

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Friday ordered civil servants to cancel their planned march over poor salaries on the pretext that the situation in the country is tense.

About 16 unions representing civil servants under the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPTSU) had planned to hand over a petition to the government over poor salaries today.

On 26 March, the police wrote to the Unions, allowing the march to go ahead, reported NewZimbabwe.com.

But on Friday morning, three police vehicles with armed anti-riot officers were deployed to the Public Service Association (PSA) building at Livingstone Avenue and Third Street, Harare.

The police officers instructed the civil servants’ representatives to defer the march.

Addressing journalists during a press conference, PCPTSU secretary-general, David Dzatsunga, said:

We had intended to hold our march to serve the ministries of Labour and Finance respectively and parliament with petitions over civil servants’ salaries, but the police informed us that the situation in the capital is tense.

The police alleged our procession could end up being hijacked by some other unscrupulous elements, leading to an uncontrollable chaotic situation.

It is for that reason that we had to defer the march to sometime soon.

Certainly in the coming week, we should be able to do that action, which is overdue.

Dzatsunga said they wrote to the Ministry of Public Service and Social Welfare several times requesting an urgent meeting to deliberate on civil servants’ conditions of service. Said Dzatsunga:

We have written to the ministry of Public Service four times now requesting an urgent meeting.

It is common cause that the current economic environment, the hyper-inflationary environment, and the exchange rate madness that is facing us as a nation, are hitting hard on civil servants and all workers in general.

The ministers have not replied to our correspondence to date. Ministers prefer to talk about our grievances through the press without engaging us.

We believe this is not professional, as we write to them officially.

He also criticised the Government for suspending teachers who failed to report for duty last term due to incapacitation.

The Government also deducted the teachers’ salaries and summoned them to appear for disciplinary hearings.

Dzatsunga described the move as victimisation and harassment of civil servants by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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28 Comments

kkkkk 1 month ago

War vert chairo rakasungwa wani kuzoti imiwo


Dhuterere 1 month ago

chazvakanakira hakuna shop yevanhu veZanu pf yavanotenga zvakachipa kudarika vanhu vese mutsetse wemusupermarket ndomumwe tingashaya hedu command agriculture nefood for work


Senior Citizen 1 month ago

Shame, apa zvikaita zvinotanga kunakira mapurisa


Cyber Expert 1 month ago

Not for approval but for funding


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Cyber Expert 1 month ago

Musatinyaudze. You know very well kuti there will be no marches, demonstrations allowed before the 2023 elections. Just send your request/petitions to the relevant Ministers by e-mail, copy US Embassy and Hopewell Chingono oisa pa Twitter. Chete chete chete
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gandangaguru 1 month ago

why send copy to US embassy? Zim is a sovereign nation dhongi iwe. we don't need approval nor audience from USEMBASSY

Mugabe 1 month ago

Aaah hezvo zvaatopinda mukomana kkkkk


aaaa 1 month ago

musiyei apinde Chamisa


Blue 🔵 1 month ago

Ngaapinde Hake Chamisa (NHC )


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

This behaviour is typical of a disrespectful and a cheating government which is not shameful of its most heinous acts. They lie between their teeths that they have intelligence information which suggests that their demonstration was going to be hijached by unscrupulous elements. Civil Servants have been dribbled by their employer on several times. Guess what !!!!! Next week government is going to call for NJNC meeting which will end with back to square one to consult the principals. This government is full of imported Humpty Dumpties !!!!!

NYIKA INO YOURAWA NEVAKAKWERETWA KU EUROPE.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Legend 1 month ago

true

musoja 1 month ago

dont worry, next time we will escort you kwese kwamunoda kusvitsa chichemo chedu.


Patriot 1 month ago

Great job ZRP... Security first... March yekudii... Lives have just been saved imagine March being hijacked by those Western Puppets who are so hungry for power they'll use whatever means and opportunities to appear as if they are doing smthng


aturo hemano 1 month ago

m h a t a yako patriot

Patriot 1 month ago

Povo ndo inochema nekutukirwa Mai vagara vaingotukwa nyangwe usati wazvarwa. Get away.... VOTE ZANU PF

ss 1 month ago

patriot ****

dispenser 1 month ago

Rhodesia was better


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

@Patriot, kumwe kuzvara hunya ndove.

Patriot 1 month ago

Inga zvakakuomera.. I pity your offsprings

🙄🙄🙄🙄 1 month ago

Not yet UHURU 😲😲
ibwa Wena zva Smith zvakare
aaaah 🙆 Mai
Mukati pachinema Comrades here
Nyika zvaya Zara mapuruvheya iyi aaaah 🙆 maiwe Rhodesia Chaiyo


Asalif 1 month ago

the right to protest with this government I don't see it coming , that will happen after this human rights abusive regime is gone but shiri dzirikufa zvoenda nepi


Zanu 1 month ago

Marights ani kuda kupa incorrect image about Zim, go to your country you Zambians


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