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With Zimbabwe Teachers On Strike, Police Detain Their Union Leaders

Police in Harare and Masvingo detained three officers of Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe on Wednesday after they visited schools to address striking teachers.

PTUZ President Takavafira Zhou was held by police in Masvingo for two hours before being released. Police in Harare detained General Secretary Raymond Majongwe and National Treasurer Macdonald Mangauzani at a primary school in Mabelreign.

Majongwe and Mangauzni were detained at Mabelreign Police Station, then taken to the law and order section of the Harare Central Police Station, union sources said.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe members and other teachers are pursuing a sit-in strike demanding their salaries be raised over the national poverty line.

Education Minister Aenias Chigwedere earlier this week said the union had a “political agenda” and wanted to destabilize the country’s education system.

While still at the Mabelreign police station, Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that such treatment could not dampen union zeal.

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