Sunday, September 01, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Majongwe backs Mugabe victory
07/08/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

PROGRESSIVE Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) leader, Raymond Majongwe, has congratulated President Robert Mugabe on his victory in last week’s elections.

Majongwe, a former ally of outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party said he hoped Mugabe would move to address the plight of teachers who unsuccessfully struggled for better pay under the coalition government.

“The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe with a membership of more than 15 000 would like to congratulate you (Mugabe) and your party, Zanu PF on winning the just ended harmonised elections by 61 percent and securing more than two thirds majority in the legislature,’’ Majongwe said in his statement.

“This in itself is a sign of confidence in your leadership by the people of Zimbabwe who have given you the sole mandate to form the next government until the next national plebiscite in 2018.”

Majongwe said teachers were disappointed that the coalition government had failed to address their plight and singled out MDC-T public service minister Lucia Matibenga for particular criticism.

He said the government failed to take action against Matibenga after she refused to meet the leadership of the civil servants to discuss their conditions of service.

“As if this was not bad enough, no political party in the inclusive Government did anything to the Minister of Labour and Social Services who connived in the decimation and weakening of the labour movement through failing to handle the dispute in the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) resulting in workers across the political divide being left alone like sheep without a shepherd,” he said.

The PTUZ urged Mugabe to appoint competent ministers in his next government to help move the country forward.

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