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ZCTU reunification ruled out


Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president George Nkiwane has dismissed reports his group is seeking to reunite with the Lovemore Matombo-led faction of the labour body.

Nkiwane told delegates at a ZCTU western region leadership workshop in Bulawayo last week the door was still open for the breakaway faction to rejoin the main wing.

His remarks come in the wake of numerous media reports the Matombo-led ZCTU was negotiating with the Nkiwane-led ZCTU for a possible unity pact.

“We have heard and read reports we are talking to the so-called Matombo-led faction. That is not true, we are not engaging each other,” Nkiwane said.

“What we are saying is if they want to come and join us we will accept them. We have no grudge with them.

“People do not want to separate themselves from big names.

“It has become a norm in Zimbabwe that losers would want to go out of organisations where they lost elections with names of those organisations.
“Look at how many Movement for Democratic Change parties we have here!” he added.

The ZCTU split into two factions after its disputed 2011 congress held in Bulawayo nominated Nkiwane as president and Japhet Moyo as secretary-general.

Matombo and other affiliates aligned to him challenged the outcome of the elective congress at the High Court but lost the case. They later appealed to the Supreme Court, and are now awaiting a determination.

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