The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe welcomes the withdrawal of Yolanda Musithu’s suspension and re-instatement at the institution of Harare Polytechnic after being suspended on allegations of hugging a fellow student and in the process “defying” World Health Organisation safety measures. The suspension is a product of the deep rooted institutional confusion, autocracy and the injustice that characterize our Zimbabwean society, this is just but a microcosm of the macrocosm of what Zimbabweans face in their day to day lives.
The direct action initiated by ARTUZ demanding Yolanda’s re-instatement and the legal defence fronted by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) signifies an undying resolve to face any form of injustice by those who wield power within state institutions. ZLHR and ARTUZ managed to score a victory by pushing one Mudondo who heads the institution of Harare Polytechnic like his cattle kraal into rectifying his error before the judgement on the case was set to be delivered on Friday 09 April 2021 at 2:30pm. This is a reflection of autocracy realising that it was on the verge of being exposed for it’s nature of stifling freedom of thought and expression through manipulating existing legal frameworks.
ARTUZ is placing it on record that it will not be deterred to speak out against injustices in any form, this is a warning to all institutions of learning that the Union will take no prisoners in advocating for a just and favourable learning conditions for students.
ARTUZ will not stand by and watch as mere individuals corrupt institutions to suit their contorted and unjust agendas. The struggle for a just society will always be taken as a primary concern by ARTUZ and the Union will continue speaking out and acting against such rogue elements of society.