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Zimbabwe Civil Servants Revert to Constitution to Choose Leadership

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

In a bid to end leadership squabbles affecting unions representing civil servants, the Apex Council’s technical committee met in Harare Monday and resolved that a new leadership should be elected into office as stipulated in the constitution, instead of the rotational process previously used.

Last week the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe and the Teachers Union of Zimbabwe refused to endorse Cecilia Alexander from the Public Service Association as their new chairperson, taking over from Tendai Chikowore and her team. Alexander was the secretary general in the outgoing team.

Public Service Association secretary general Emmanuel Tichareva told Studio 7’s Jonga Kandemiiri the meeting agreed to amend the constitution in order to accommodate the changes.

Teachers Union of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Manuel Nyawo said their opposition to Alexander was not personal but were against the idea of recycling. He added they will accept whoever is elected into office through the agreed process.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary general Raymond Majongwe said they have agreed to have elections next week Thursday after the completion of the constitution.