Court upholds order barring Zanu PF from frog-marching pupils to rallies

THE High Court in Masvingo has upheld a provisional order barring Zanu PF from frog-marching pupils and teachers to its campaign rallies during school hours as well as arm-twisting them to participate in election-related events.

The order was affirmed on Tuesday following an application by the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) under its safe schools campaign.

Justice Joseph Mafusire ruled that political parties should not cause the closure of schools, compel teachers to attend or make contributions towards rallies and that school properties cannot be used for political events without the school authorities’ consent.

“Thus, the respondents, their employees, members and/or agents are, notwithstanding the appeal, interdicted from asking, encouraging or forcing children at schools to attend or participate in political rallies or activities or causing the closure of schools for any of its political rallies or activities,” the ruling read in part.

The ruling followed attempts by Zanu PF to have the Supreme Court suspend the execution of the court’s June 28 ruling made in favour of Artuz.

Zanu PF lawyer, Nickiel Mushangwe had argued Mafusire’s earlier verdict was defective since there was no evidence linking the party to the practice.

But Artuz lawyer, Doug Coltart, then filed an urgent chamber application for leave to execute pending appeal at the same court, which has now been granted. ads Ads

Artuz has since started circulating a message about the verdict on various social media platforms, which reads:

“Please spread the word that the court order is back in operation despite Zanu PF’s effort to suspend it by appealing to the Supreme Court. Let’s protect our children from political exploitation”.

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1 Comment

  1. kid marongorongo

    these are false claims meant to tarnish the image of the people’s party. iwe unoti nesupport yezanu pf mawandiro ayo aya ingada kumbaiititra marally pachikoro, chipi vhavanga kwana kana ndimiwo. vana vechikoro vapiko vanganzi huyai kurally ne Zanu Pf makazvitarisa, vana vechikoro vanokokwa nezanu pf if they are being donated to by the people’s party because it knows these are the future of Zimbabwe,its not that they are compelled to attend rallies. these lies are being peddled by an anti development and directionless called Mdc alliance which is in the panic mode of fear of the lurking elections.

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