Mutare teacher ‘arrested’ for distributing MDC-T fliers

September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

By Tichaona Sibanda

A primary school teacher from Dangamvura in Mutare got the shock of her life
on Monday when two police officers marched her out of her classroom under
arrest for allegedly ‘distributing MDC-T fliers.’

The incident, which has infuriated the MDC-T leadership in Manicaland
province happened in full view of 46 year-old Eusebia Chikonyora’s Grade 7
pupils. The teacher was led away to Dangamvura police station were she was
charged with ‘engaging in opposition politics.’

MDC-T spokesman for Manicaland, Pishai Muchauraya confirmed the incident and
told SW Radio Africa that Chikonyora was dragged out of her classroom in the
middle of a lesson. She was led away by police sergeants Sithole and Moyo.

“I’m told the police action left the pupils distressed. If they had an issue
with her, they should have simply asked her to go to the Headmaster’s office
or invite her to visit the police station and not drag her out of class in
full view of the school ,” Muchauraya said.

He continued: “What is shocking us is that the police had the audacity to
charge her with taking part in opposition politics when she is a civil
servant. But how many civil servants are ZANU PF card carrying members
today, especially here in Mutare and Manicaland as a province.”

“For the record we know that Anxious Mzilikazi a ward 22 ZANU PF councilor
is a teacher at Mzilikazi primary school in Buhera, Seenza Sithole, the
district administrator in Bikita was a councilor in Chipinge, Gurai Simango,
an education officer in Chipinge is a former ZANU PF councilor,”

“Also, there is a Magodo, the current ward 7 chairperson for ZANU PF in
Chipinge but is Headmaster at Mafumise secondary school. There is another
Headmaster, Timon Tandi who is a ZANU PF ward 12 councilor in Makoni. The
list is long so you wonder why the police have targeted Chikonyora, just
because she happens to sympathize with the MDC,” the MP added.

The Makoni South MP told us the teacher was kept at Dangamvura police from
9am up until two o’clock in the afternoon. She was not physically harmed but
was interrogated for hours.

Police told her they had information she was observed distributing MDC-T
fliers prior to a political rally the party held on 21st August in Mutare.
In the end, the MP said, Chikonyora was asked to choose between politics and
teaching.

“It’s not up to the police to run her life. The problem we have now is that
the police have become overzealous and are now more ZANU PF itself than
Robert Mugabe,” Muchauraya said.

It has become routine for teachers to be targeted by ZANU PF and the
partisan armed on allegations that they are sympathetic to the MDC.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe recently raised concerns that
teachers are once again increasingly becoming the main targets of ZANU PF
sponsored violence and intimidation as the country limps towards another
poll.

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