Rural teachers abandon 200km march

Mlondolozi Ndlovu

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Zimbabwe’s teachers who are under the banner of the Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) have abruptly ended their 200km protest walk due to intimidation by suspected state security agents.

The teachers were marching from Murewa rural to Harare with a number of demands against the embattled Mugabe government.

 The teachers were marching demanding improvements  which included the need for the betterment of rural education, the need for government to award full school status to over 1500 satellite schools in the country among other issues.

Teachers also highlighted that sometime they have to travel in odd hours of the day, exposing them to the vulgaries of nature to sign pay sheets at parent school.

At one point suspected state security agents reportedly interrogated RTUZ Vice President Thandiwe Dube, its Secretary General Robson Chere who wanted to hand over a petition at Murewa district offices

At one point during their historic walk the RTUZ President Obert Masaure was arrested while taking a break Rukunguhwe borehole 15 km from Murewa.

Announcing this abrupt end to the march the RTUZ information department noted that they needed to restrategise as it was no longer safe to continue with the march.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am forced  to call off our 200km march. The lives of our leaders are in danger as revolutionaries we have to retreat at times and restrategise. I can’t share finer details of security concerns as some comrades are still to get safety,” read the statement.

The union said they had submitted their demands to the relevant authorities.

“Our list of  demands have been circulated to all the relevant offices. We are going back to the drawing board to craft other violent methods of action. Victory is certain,” they concluded.

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