Don’t vote Zanu PF: ZCTU

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) yesterday labelled the Zanu PF government as the workers’ number one enemy, and called on all workers to dump the ruling party in the upcoming general elections.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Addressing thousands of workers gathered at Dzivarasekwa Stadium for the main commemorations of Workers’ Day, ZCTU president Peter Mutasa accused the Zanu PF government of wantonly violating workers’ rights, hence the call to vote the opposition instead.

“From the time you fired nurses, we already knew that you are not the leaders for us. What we are saying as labour is that the government that is currently there, is not our government . . .we don’t have a government for the people currently,” he said.

“We are going to state our political preference this year. We are going to declare the party we are supporting after we meet all political parties, but as for Zanu PF, as workers, we are saying don’t vote for them. If you vote for them, you are voting to getting fired, when nurses were fired, we saw the devil. We are politely asking our comrades not to vote Zanu PF. If you are a nurse or teacher and want to be fired, vote Zanu PF.”

Mutasa added that workers this time would not allow the government to take them for a ride.

“We are at a crossroads as workers and we should arise and take charge. We are being courted to follow people, who, in the past, have been behind brutal attacks on workers’ leaders, people who claim to be a new dispensation yet they murdered our comrades and left their wives widowed and children orphaned. They destroyed homes, leaving 700 000 homeless. We shall not follow them,” he said.

“We have leaders who abhor collective bargaining and constitutional rights. If nurses go on strike, they come and tell them that they are all fired . . . we are asking and listening to them, their language is speaking one thing. They are saying Zimbabwe is no longer for you and me, Zimbabwe is now for businesses only because they are saying Zimbabwe is open for business.”

The ZCTU boss said the new Zanu PF leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, was not different from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.

“Workers are saying we don’t have a new government, we have a Zanu PF government which has been in power since 1980. We can’t be deceived as if we are people with no brains . . . We are asking those who claim new dispensation: Where were they when Mugabe was ruining this country? Where were you when Mugabe was brutalising people?
“They have threatened to fire teachers and they fired nurses . . . we don’t want to vote for people that will come with a bottle of cooking oil in 2023, we want to vote for people who bring sustainable development and decent paying jobs and getting paid, who build our hospitals,” Mutasa said

Speaking at the same event,
MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa said in the next two weeks, his party would roll out a series of demonstrations to force government to implement electoral reforms.
“We will be putting pressure for electoral reforms to be implemented through peaceful demonstrations in the next weeks. We know that those in government will only succumb to change if pressurised,” he said.

Chamisa rapped officials from the Labour ministry for snubbing May Day celebrations, saying his government would ensure that all government officials attend Workers’ Day celebrations.

He pledged to introduce top-class infrastructure and improve the welfare of war veterans and civil servants after winning the upcoming presidential race.
“When I say we should have spaghetti roads, bullet trains and airports, you said I am mad. It’s called vision. Vision is for a few and provision for everyone, support my vision and we will provide for all,” he said.

11 Comments

  1. Comment…Chamisa has my vote

  2. Meticulous Tumbleweed

    Let’s take a leaf from the Asian tiger economies. They do not have such investment repelling mechanisms as trade unions. These actually are a creation of Zanu PF in the early ’80s as the party sort to curry favour with workers. Now they are one of the many reasons why domestic and international investors are keeping their cheque books in their pockets when it comes to Zimbabwe.

  3. he has mine as well

    1. He has every patriotic Zimbabwean’s vote. Chamisa all the way.

  4. How many people attended the ZCTU Event as 90% of Zimbabweans are no longer working as the majority turned to street vendors?….

  5. The number one enemy for workers is Chamisa who sided with employers during the ZUVA case of 2015. When people are so much blinded by hatred for ZANU (PF) and tell blatant lies, that is demonic. Let us not try be hoodwinked by such liars. The government came in after the Chamisa disaster and forced employers to pay terminal benefits to the discharged workers. Who is the enemy of workers when Chamisa openly states that they will revert to the Tripartite agreement forum? Chamisa is the number one enemy of workers as no employee is now guaranteed of his/her job because of Chamisa dining with the employers. By the way, what has Chamisa done for his constituency of Kuwadzana.

  6. Comment…makombe unoda kuti aite chii munyika musina mari,ndiye oita sei ega?Kuti nyika ibudirire kunofanirwa kunge kuine makambani ari kushanda vobhadhara mutero kuhurumende,vashandi vachibhadhara mutero,mapurazi achishanda ,migodhi(mines) ichishanda zvakanaka .Ipapo ndipo panobva mari yekuti anaChamisa ,anaMunangagwa vawane mari yekugadzira nyika,kana pakadai hapana chinobuda.Munyika makazara ma informal businesses asina chaari kupa hurumende.Hapana budiriro pakadai.

  7. ZCTU has no business telling people who to vote for in Zimbabwe. Being a worker does not necessarily equate to a vote for the MDC-T, we are all different individuals with varied opinions.If Peter Mutasa wants to vote for Chamisa let him do so and not try to corral us worker’s to vote MDC-T.

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