By Lloyd Takawira
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions(ZCTU) has said it is appalled by the harassment of workers by members of the security forces enforcing lockdown regulations despite availing the proper documentations.
ZCTU in a statement said that they are appalled by the abuse of ordinary citizens by security apparatus manning various checkpoints to main city centers .
“We have seen workers being made to walk long distances after being forced to disembark from lawful public and private transport for no apparent reason. People are just told that noone is allowed to go into town. What makes it worse is that the government is not communicating anything at all resulting in citizens being inconvenienced,” said ZCTU secretary general, Japhet Moyo.
Moyo added that people have been made to wait for hours at various checkpoints.
“The way people are made to wait at various checkpoints and returned home is dehumanizing of the highest order. Why should it take workers a cumulative six hours to go to work and return home? The country has no fuel and getting transport has become a nightmare. In any case, salaries have become inadequate thereby putting more stress on workers.”
ZCTU also said government must be cleae if it has suspended the constitution.
It said, “The ZCTU would want to know from the state if the country has suspended the Constitution and has resorted to rule by decrees issued without due regard to people’s freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution.”