Malawi Teachers’ Union (TUM) has called for the immediate release of Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union (ZRTUZ) president Obert Masaraure and Secretary-General Robson Chere.
Masaraure was arrested on Saturday for allegedly writing a statement that he published on Twitter and on the ARTUZ website meant to “prejudice his pending trial and that of ARTUZ secretary-general Robson Chere and to persuade ARTUZ members and the general public to commit public violence.”
In a statement, seen by Pindula News, Malawi teachers say an injury to one teacher is an injury to all teachers. Reads the statement:
CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF OBERT MASARAURE THE ARTUZ PRESIDENT AND ROBSON CHERERE-THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ARTUZ
On behalf of the membership and leadership of the Teachers’ Union of Malawi (TUM), we condemn the arbitrary arrest and arbitrary detention of Mr. Obert Masaraure the president of Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) and Mr. Robson Cherere the Secretary-General of Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ). One person might ask what interest does our organization have in this matter? The response is simple we firmly believe in offering solidarity to the oppressed workers especially teachers. We also firmly believe in Martin Luther King Jr’s words found in his letter from Birmingham Jail which stated that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We call upon the relevant authorities in Harare to do the right thing and immediately release the president and Secretary General of ARTUZ.
An injury to one is an injury to all.
CHARLES KUMCHENGA THE SECRETARY-GENERAL