A TEACHER at Mlambapele Primary School in Gwanda claims he is living in fear after Gwanda South MP Orders Mlilo (Zanu PF) allegedly ordered him to leave the school because he was influencing other teachers to protest against the government.
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Urgent Moyo, a member of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), said Mlilo accused him of “poisoning” other teachers during a recent visit to the council.
“He told me to leave the school saying people no longer wanted me because I am ‘poisoning’ other teachers,” Moyo said.
“He said if I did not leave the school, he would come and abduct me at night. I reported the matter at Mlambapele Police Base on Monday, but I still fear that my life is in danger.” Mlilo refused to co-operate when contacted for comment by NewsDay on Tuesday.
The MP shouted: “I don’t know what you are talking about. Do you hear me?” before switching off his mobile phone.
PTUZ national organiser Enoch Paradzayi confirmed that their member had been threatened.
“We received the report and advised Moyo to report to the police,” he said.
“But when he reported the matter to the police, he said they just wrote details on an exercise book and told him that they would take the details to Tuli Police Station, but we do not know if they did so.”
He said they also advised Moyo to report the matter to the Matabeleland South provincial education director Tumisang Thabela and ask for a transfer to a safe school.
Matabeleland South acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Christopher Ngwenya yesterday said he had not received a report about the alleged threats.
A study by the Research and Advocacy Unit last year revealed that 70 000 teachers had fled political violence between 2000 and 2008, leaving the education system in a crisis.