Police bash protesting wives

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MORE than 100 Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) workers’ wives were brutalised by police yesterday leaving several injured in running battles when they staged a demonstration against the colliery management demanding outstanding salaries and allowances for their spouses.

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HCCL workers have reportedly gone for five months without pay.
The women were reportedly assaulted resulting in two being arrested and four sustaining serious injuries.

Hwange Central MP Brian Tshuma told our Bulawayo Bureau that four women were beaten badly by police and were hospitalised at the Hwange Colliery Hospital.

“Today (yesterday) in the morning, the wives of the mineworkers and other women collectively walked about 20km from the town centre to Hwange Colliery where they staged a peaceful demonstration at the general manager’s office,” he said. “However, the board called the police who came to disperse them.

“Some of the women were badly beaten by the police and two of them were arrested and are detained at Hwange Central Police Station.”
Tshuma condemned the beatings and arrest of the women protesters, saying they were unfortunate and unnecessary.

“The blame for the unfortunate incidence lies squarely in the hands of both the state since it is the major shareholder of HCCL,” he said.

“It is the role of the board to play a leadership role and to respond appropriately not just to shareholders, but to their workers as well.
“It is their mandate to deal with customers, society in general and their own workers in a fair and responsible way, therefore as MP, I condemn this incident.”

HCCL corporate communications manager Burzil Dube could not be reached for comment as he was continuously said to be out of office and not available on his mobile phone.

In August, workers also staged protests over non-payment of salaries.
Last week, the coal mining firm reported that it posted a $3,2 million after-tax loss in the first six months of the year ended June 30 and attributed this to a poor cash-flow and high legacy debts.

The company has legacy debts in excess of $140 million.

Sales revenue for the six months was down to $40,4 million from
$51,8 million. Finance costs increased to $1,1 million from $900 000 due to penalty rates on overdue borrowings.

The company has in recent months also embarked on a retrenchment exercise.

36 COMMENTS

  1. wrong move ……………in zim we dont demonstrate hamusi kuEgypt whr they destroy property nema stikes muno toita batai munhu dont evn try.if u hev a nyaya come on negotiating tables not streets.dont mek tht mistake.viva police

    • you say that bcoz none of yo wives were beaten….locally owned Hwange and its failing to pay its workers and you shout about Ndega-nisation, nxa
      welcome to The New Zimbabwe, nxt 5 years ndichaona ndondo

    • tsano mungati kana vaine nyaya ngava negotiate kkkkkk ko hauzive here kuti your common sense should tell you kuti munhu anofanirwa kutambira salary yake every month. you are so funny
      dai ari mukadzi wako kana kuti mari yako maybe waizvinzwisisa

    • Vamwe chinokuitai kuti mutaure saizvozvo kuti hamuna chakagona kuzviitira moga pasina zvenyika.Kazhinji kacho kana usina chaunoziva ita zii tigokuremekedza tichiti idzi dzakachenjera.Zvibate

  2. Ndega-nisation, now there is a word. Beating women who are protesting is an art our police has perfected to a fine art. And there where we were truly believing the police were friends of citizens. How does the Minister feel about this, seeing it has gone on long enough from the Woza days to date..Is this all our cops are being taught at training school??? And with the elephant poaching menace part of the international press corps are still in the country..did the head of the police think about this? What does this do for the country’s premier tourist zone on the heels of a successful UNTWO conference and an election? This is an OWN GOAL!!!

  3. Ndega-nisation, now there is a word. Beating women who are protesting is an art our police has perfected to a fine art. And there we were truly believing the police were friends of citizens. How does the Minister feel about this, seeing it has gone on long enough from the Woza days to date..Is this all our cops are being taught at training school??? And with the elephant poaching menace part of the international press corps are still in the country..did the head of the police think about this? What does this do for the country’s premier tourist zone on the heels of a successful UNTWO conference and an election? This is an OWN GOAL!!!

  4. the police in zimba is well known for violence against innocent civilians. always acting out of tone emotions. they were called to disperse peaceful demonstrators who were unarmed in any way you really wonder what goes in the minds of these uneducated hooligans. in zimba we don’t have professional policemen we are too far from having such. really wonder how they are trained. it’s either they are bribing, stealing, raping, killing, beating, etc.

  5. Vanhuwe…..inzwaiwo tsitsi. The women ndivo vano suffer kana pasina mari. Stress yokutarira vana nababa…uchizivakuti poto yaina chinhu. Tipeyi maserious. Asi vakuru vacho havasi kutambira here?
    Nzwiraiwo vana vavo tsitsi. Watinti umfazi watinti imbokodo.

  6. Mugabe wenyu kauyo achakurovai kusvika pamaElections !!! Tsvangirai ari kupi ko? chanzi chamuka apa chekutsvaga mavotes chimbosiya zvaTB Joshua zvaachakuvhuna mutsipa achikusundira pasi!!!kkk

  7. Ngavadzidze kutsvaka mari vega vakadzi ava eg kutengesa madomasi. Vainyanyo wainira mateacher vachitsvaka kunyengwa nguva yechikoro vachitadza kuverenga, nxaa.

    • Ukawana nguva kwana,uri dofo risingazive zvarinotura,saka votadza kudemander mari dzema hubby avo nekuti havana kudzidza here?

  8. @asylum…tikwanire…..vanoatengesera ani madomasi acho. Dofo ndiwe……..unotuka mai.
    Akuudza kuti madzimai ese ivava havashandi ndiani. Chidzokera ku Grade one ye common sense Nxaa.
    Get your brains back from asylum kwadziri.

  9. Why is it that in the past, Hwange never experienced such problems? I think the problems are caused by the board of directors. They are killing the organisation and are not concerned about the welfare of the employees?

  10. takaona kuti iyi democracy yamunochemera hamugoni kuishandisa.ukaona mwana achichemera kubata moto worega here nekuti ndozvaari kuchemera? ukamurambidza moti child abuse.hino isu ve Zanu pf tiri vabereki vanotyira vana vavo saka hatikuregei muchibata moto tinotora kashamhu torova twumaoko kuitira kuti musatva.y z t all tht goes wrong bcomes Mugabe’s blame.

  11. of all things you decided to beat unarmed weman who are claiming there salaries….gosh policemen i wish dai musapihwa ur salaries n c hw ur wives wld behave use ur senses

  12. Its only about change of name from Slave trade to Indigenise zvasiyanei nenguva yemaBritish instead of protection there are killing ontop of hunger zvakaoma

  13. People are not paid for months, they make a peaceful demonstration they are beaten up. The incompetant board is increasing the salaries for senior executives who are now earning more than $25k plus company cars, maids, school fees for their children.I pray for peace and equality in our country. Police brutality and mismanagement is now the norm in Zim.

    Lord have mercy!

    • @citizen of the earth.If only you considered the plight of the mothers who were bashed for showing that their families are starving,then i would gldly take back my words.What i can not counternance is the hypocrisy of defending those who violate the rights of theweak.Why beat up unarmed mothers???????????

  14. The person responsible is Fati Mpofu, the HRM. He is said to have paid up a lump sum to the Officer in Charge of Hwange Chief Inspector Chigede who was leading the anti-riot team. We are just so tired of this evil and corrupt management. This same Fati is responsible for the defeat of ZANU PF in Hwange

  15. Hwange colliery management led by this idiot zanupf central commitee member and HR Manager Fati Mpofu and his stooge AK Ruoko Sibanda have to have their tails cut if zanupf wants to lead the govt for 5 yrs. Surely how can you pay the police to beat up innocent women just to cover for your mismanagement. Zanupf was defeated in Hwange because of this colliery management. VaMugabe vhurayi maziso tirikupondwa neshamwari dzedu muzanupf imi muchingoti masanctions. Minister of Mines please investigate and bring your guys to account for their deeds or else you are going to serve just 1 term. Vana vechikoro vadzingwa kuzvikoro asi baba vachimukira kubasa. This is a tip of the iceberg more is to follow and you will fail to control as workers are becoming battle hardened due to hunger. Food for thought tese maZanupf

  16. Kana mukarega mapurisa achishandiswa nehutungamiri hweColliery pano pachaitika zvekaitika kuMarikana(soon) muchatipedza tose kuti pfura.Kana tisina kupiwa mari dzedu tinopedzerana chete,kusiri kufa ndekupi?

  17. Shame, Shame, Shame. The peoples party beating the people. Abusing women and children. I guess its the Fault of the British or is it the “illegal” sanctions. How did we become such animals.? Police violence is the norm in Zimbabwe. Just visit any of the police stations and you will find people being beaten up for inviting their families to their homes without notifying the police. SAD, SAD, SAD

  18. pliz remember vanamai ava kuti vanenge vachiti kana murume achienda kubasa vanofara asi pasina pay vangafara sei,it was a noble idea to demonstrate peacefuly and unarmed.havana simba rekuti vangarwisa zvamunoziva, ndaikumbirawo officer in charge akapa tht command nt abuse his post in such a manner

  19. @ Asylum – I hope you went to school. To whom will they sell tomatoes if the majority of the residents are not being paid? Kushaya pfungwa here?
    Zvimwe musangowawate kani. Hwange CC inongogara iri muma pepa for the wrong reasons. Either boardroom squabbles or inenge yatadza kuendesa marasha kuZesa & mafarms.

  20. Where is Grace Mugabe, Elizabeth Tsvangirai, Oppah, Olivia, Thokozani, Priscilla and Abigail Damasane, Musasa Projects, National War Vets Widows, Judith Makwanya, Zpf Women’s league, Mdc Women’s Councils etc. These people and Organisations are fake !

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