Rural teachers drag Mugabe to the Human Rights Commission over violence

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AS the eagerly anticipated harmonized elections beckon teachers stationed in rural areas say they have compiled a report on continued violence and will also drag former first Lady Grace Mugabe and her husband to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure has said most teachers have in the previous polls been victimized in politically motivated violence.

The firebrand ARTUZ leader has fingered the, “ruling party the biggest culprit behind the victimization of teachers and other citizens in the remote areas.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has, however, promised the international community that the country is going to have a free and fair election.

Mnangagwa has also condemned any form of violence before and even after the elections calling for the merchants of violence to be brought to book.

The president has since invited international observers to observe the elections.

Masaraure, however, thinks otherwise, when it comes to violence.

“Some teachers have lost limbs, some lives and others had to flee the country as the ruling party continues to use violence as a tool of mobilization,” he said.

ARTUZ, Masaraure said, has launched a campaign aimed at stopping the multiple atrocities aimed at teachers and learners in rural schools.

“Under the campaign the Union dragged the former first family of disgraced Grace Mugabe and vindictive Robert Mugabe to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

“The Commission has produced a report and they will share with the world soon. We are now targeting the judiciary and the legislature to seek protection from the unrepentant perpetrators of violence,” he said.

Meanwhile, Masaraure has applauded government for suspending continuous assessment from the new curriculum as having saved the education sector from a foreseeable catastrophe.

He however said that government must trim the compulsory civic education.

“The suspension of continuous assessment saved our education from a foreseeable catastrophe. ARTUZ still calls for the trimming of compulsory civic education. We further call for infrastructure development in rural schools and a compensatory rural allowance for teachers in rural schools,” he said.

He added that government must also prioritize the payment of bonuses to teachers.

“Bonus must be paid on time and in full,” he said.