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Zimbabwe Teachers Appear in Court Facing Charges of Resisting Arrest

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Three members of the Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) appeared before a Harare magistrate Tuesday facing charges of allegedly resisting arrest.

President of the organization, Obert Masaraure, and his colleagues - Pride Mukono and Pride Gawa - were remanded out of custody.

Masaraure will appear in court of January 14, 2016 with Mukono and Gawa expected to appear the following day.

The trio was allegedly stripped naked and assaulted while in police custody at Kuwadzana Police Station.

They were arrested after holding meetings in Kuwadzana with various civil service groups to discuss and plan a protest against the government for its failure to pay bonuses this year.

Secretary General of the RTUZ, Robson Chere, claimed that Mukono sustained broken ribs from the assault.

“All three were assaulted and stripped naked following their arrest and it is only after their lawyer the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Gift Mtisi intervened that they were treated humanely,” said Chere.

The trio was taken for medical treatment following their release.

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