As always the case in Zimbabwean politics, the ruling Zanu pf party vs the opposition MDC A and the civic society that sings from a different hymn book said to be pushing for regime change agenda, teachers have also been put on that list.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavhima has accused some teachers’ unions of sabotaging the ZANU PF-led government programs and procedures so that they can be funded by Western Countries.
Ignorance to the current call by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for teachers to get loans from government, he said it was the government’s priority to ensure that teachers were well-paid, teachers’ unions were not appreciative of the efforts. Said Mavima
One of the unions pointed out was the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) said to be organizing strikes, a way of sabotaging government’s efforts to address their concerns.
“What they are concerned about is to criticise the government despite its efforts to improve the welfare of teachers, they do this in order to get funds from the donors to promote violence.
What we know is that they are being funded by foreign countries to destabilise the country” said Mavhima.
ARTUZ secretary-general Robson Chere told Post On Sunday that this was always the case with the government of Zimbabwe, “it sees everyone as an enemy”.
“like I said before, ARTUZ is a progressive revolutionary teachers’ union formed on the behest of perennial abuse of teachers in Zimbabwe since time immemorial.
ARTUZ was not formed to go to bed with the employer, but to further the interests and welfare of teachers and learners in Zimbabwe. That is our sacred moral and constitutional duty. We will serve” said Chere.
However, in most cases and times of need Western countries are found helping Zimbabwe, and recently being thanked by the government for the IMF fund and being Fingered as sponsors when it comes to human rights issues and wanting to destabilise the country.