by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN police have arrested dozens of trade union members ahead of an anti-government protest in the wake of mounting economic challenges.
Among Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders arrested in the capital Harare include Peter Mutasa and Japhet Moyo.
In the eastern Mutare city, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), officers arrested some ZCTU members from their offices.
Other members were arrested in the ancient city of Masvingo.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) had at the time of publication deployed lawyers to offer emergency legal support services to the ZCTU members arrested in the three cities.
Lawyers argued the arrests were to thwart the anti-government protest.
The protests come amid shortages of foreign currency, fuel and company closures as well rising food costs.
Demonstrations were prevalent during the reign of now-deposed leader, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was blamed for wrecking a once-prosperous economy through controversial policies.
Police responded brutally to the protests but he was eventually deposed after massive demonstrations and a military coup.
The administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected on July 30 with the hope of resuscitating the economy.
The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance claims the elections were rigged.
– CAJ News