High Court stops parallel ZCTU congress

Embattled former Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Lovemore Matombo yesterday lost his battle to reclaim control of the labour body after High Court judge Justice Tendai Bere ruled in favour of new office bearers.

Matombo and some unions challenging the election of George Nkiwane were ordered not to proceed with their planned congress, which had been scheduled to begin yesterday in Bulawayo.

Matombo was ordered to respect the outcome of the August event, which ushered in a new leadership.

In a statement yesterday, ZCTU said it was satisfied with Justice Bere’s ruling and hoped Matombo would respect it.

“We welcome Justice Bere’s judgement on Matombo, not to continue calling himself president of the ZCTU, not to hold a parallel congress, not to interact with the ZCTU’s partners in the region and internationally pretending to be ZCTU president and to respect the outcome of the August 19-20 congress,” read part of the statement.

Matombo and his group had claimed the August congress was unconstitutional.

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