Teachers back Masaraure; union leader arrested over 2016 case in which inquest ruled out foul play

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By Lisa Nyanhongo 

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has said the arrest of its president Obert Masaraure was aimed at tarnishing his reputation.

The ARTUZ leader was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of his colleague, Roy Issa, who fell from the seventh floor of a Harare Hotel sometime in 2016 in a drunken stupor.

Police, back then, dismissed any foul play following investigations into the fatality.

In a statement ARTUZ said they feel insulted by the arrest of Masaraure and will take action.

“The Union stands assaulted and insulted by the decision to concoct trumped up charges against our president, all in an attempt to discredit him and silence all dissenting voices against the current and only despotic regime in Zimbabwe since Independence.

“At this point, we would like to categorically state that President Masaraure is innocent and does not deserve to be caged like a wild animal or a common criminal.

“The focus on the Zimbabwean situation has reached another level and we can no longer stand aside whilst one of our own is harassed and persecuted for standing with truth, justice, freedom and equality”.

He said the arrest was a way by the ruling regime to make people submit to their selfish rules.

Masaraure was arrested when he had gone to fulfil his routine bail conditions for another charge at the Harare Central Police Station, which is still pending before the courts.

Masaraure is yet to appear in court.