A senior official of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe on Wednesday made public an open letter to President Robert Mugabe written in response to an attack on the union by Mr. Mugabe during a birthday-celebration speech Saturday in Gweru.
President Mugabe, 83, singled out PTUZ General Secretary Raymond Majongwe for a warning that his government “cannot be knocked down by (union) punches.”
Mr. Mugabe accused Majongwe and his union of mounting a rebellion. The union took its members out on a strike that it ended this week after winning salary increases.
Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his union would not be intimidated by threats from the president.