Zimbabwe police arrest trade Union leaders

By Elia Ntali

Harare,Zimbabwe-Police in Zimbabwe have arrested trade union leaders in Harare ahead of a planned protest against deteriorating standards of living in the Southern African nation.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed the arrests through Twitter.

“In Harare, @ZLHRLawyers has deployed lawyers to offer emergency legal support services to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leaders including President Peter Mutasa&SG Japhet Moyo arrested by ZRP at their Harare offices today ahead of a planned anti-govt protest,” ZLHR tweeted.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) had planned to demonstrate against escalating price increases and new tax laws announced by the government.

 

The ban prompted the trade unionists to approach the courts, however as they waited for the Court’s verdict police had camped outside their offices.

Following the pronouncements of the protests by ZCTU the Zimbabwe Republic Police issued a statement barring the protests citing fears of a fresh cholera outbreak.

 

Zimbabwe’s economy has hit new lows over the past week with shortages of fuel, price increases taking a toll on the already burdened citizens.

A 2% tax for every electronic transaction was announced last week by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube in an effort to revive moribund economy.

The surrogate currency which had the same value with the US dollar was on freefall over the past days raising fears of food shortages as well as hyper inflation experienced in 2008.

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