Justice Mafusire yesterday ruled that the ZANU PF Party should stop abusing learners, teachers and school property in pursuit of private political interests. The matter was heard at Masvingo High Court chambers.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) was the Applicant being ably represented by Doug Coltart of Mtetwa and Nyambirai law firm. Veritas engaged the lawyers on behalf of ARTUZ. ZANU PF and Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education were the Respondents.
The court wholesomely adopted ARTUZ recommendations that:
- School children should not be forced to attend rallies.
- Political parties should not use school property such as buses to pursue private political interests.
- Teachers should not be forced to fund and participate in private political processes.
An interim court interdict was granted in the presence of both ZANU PF and MoPSE.
Initially ZANU PF had tried to block the case by citing technicalities in the application but the court boldly ruled that the application was urgent and must be heard.
After the two respondents submitted their heads of arguments the Judge noted that the Respondents were not going to be prejudiced if the interdict was granted.
As ARTUZ, we are grateful to our partners Veritas and we are so excited with this victory.
Toady, Friday 29 is the Red Friday victory celebration. Wear Red and celebrate the victory.
Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)