Artuz leader arrested

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  • Chirisamhuru arrested for public violence
  • Teacher protests to continue nationwide

AMALGATED Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) provincial secretary for gender and welfare Sheila Chirisamhuru was on Monday arrested during a protest against poor salaries.

Chirisamhuru was arrested at Mucheke District Education Offices where teachers had gathered to announce nationwide protests to voice concern over low salaries and late payment of the wages.

According to Artuz secretary general Nation Mudzitirwa, Chirisamhuru is still detained at Chikato Police Station.

The outspoken Chirisamhuru was accused of disorderly sorderly conduct and alleged public violence.

Mudzitirwa has described the incident as an infringement to constitutional rights.

We take it as a direct attack to the workers (teachers) who were exercising their constitutional rights in demanding a living. We demand an unconditional release of our colleague,” he said.

The protests will continue in every province in the country until the employer pays us a US520 monthly salary,” Mudzitirwa added.

Artuz has since approached the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights for legal assistance.

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