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Zimbabwe Labour Union Urges Parliament Speaker to Block Motion

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has written to parliamentary speaker John Nkomo urging him to block a motion from two ruling party members, Leo Mugabe of Makonde and Daniel Mackenzie Zhombe, to remove the union's leaders.

The letter said that the motion, still in draft, contains errors of fact and law. It further argues that issues raised in the motion Mugabe and Ncube intend to table are still in the courts and therefore cannot be decided by the parliament.

The two legislators wish the parliament to ask Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche to replace ZCTU President Lovemore Matombo and other members of its leadership for failing to execute their duties in the national interest.

The government has repeatedly accused the trade union of aligning itself with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

The motion, still in the form of an order paper, was deferred by parliament until further notice, though it was not clear if this was in response to the union’s letter.

ZCTU Secretary General Wellington Chibhebhe told Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that only the union membership can change the union's leaders.

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