Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary-general Wellington Chibebe has relinquished his post to take up a key post in the global trade union body, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Council in Brussels.
Chibebe is due to take up the post in August this year. He took over as secretary-general for the ZCTU in 1999.
He has received global awards for his commitment towards the welfare and rights of workers.
The veteran trade unionist and fierce critic of former ruling Zanu PF faced brutal beatings and arrests as he participated in demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe’s government.
Yesterday, the National Constitutional Assembly said of Chibebe’s elevation: “The multi-talented union leader is a powerful orator, gifted singer who mesmerises crowds at most gatherings he addresses with his captivating, inspiring songs and oratory skills.
“A key figure who participated in the formation of the National Constitutional Assembly in 1997, a vibrant movement which started advocating and pressurising the government for the writing of a new democratic and people-driven constitution.”
The NCA said Chibebe was one of the pillars of the “Take Charge Campaign”, a campaign launched by the NCA, ZCTU and Zinasu in resisting the current constitution-making exercise being done by the select committee of parliamentarians.
“Though he is leaving the country, we do hope that Cde Chibebe would continue the struggle of the working class people, that is, better working conditions, good remuneration and all in all a democratic society,” the NCA said.