More Arrests Over ZCTU’s Anti-Government Protest

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers have arrested and charged a Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) member in Gweru in Midlands province for allegedly participating in a protest over government’s disastrous economic policies.

ZRP officers arrested Kudakwashe Munengiwa, the ZCTU Regional Chairperson for Midlands province, on Wednesday 17 October 2018 and charged him with participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry as defined in section 37 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Munengiwa, who was detained at Gweru Central Police Station, was released into the custody of his lawyer Takashinga Pamacheche of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

The arrest of Munengiwa brings to 43 the number of ZCTU leaders and members arrested since Thursday 11 October 2018, when ZRP officers began a crackdown on the leaders of the country’s largest labour union.