Nine Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union Teachers (ARTUZ) have been arbitrarily arrested after they staged a demo on Monday demanding to be paid in United States dollars.
The teachers wanted to march from Africa Unity Square to Finance and Economic Development minister Mtuli Ncube’s office where they wanted to camp until they get their USD salaries.
Police officers did not state why they were being arrested as the constitutional court outlawed the section 27 of the Public order and Security Act which required a police clearance to hold a demonstration.
The teachers marched from Mutare to Harare in a move to force the government to pay them in United States dollars and pay their bonuses in full.
The teachers called the march “Salary Caravan”
Police intercepted and arrested them in Macheke as they marched towards Harare.
Police failed to charge the teachers resulting in them being dismissed without charge after the courts said the charges were unsustainable.
Earlier, business came to a standstill at Marondera Magistrates’ Courts as pressure groups and human rights activists gathered in solidarity with the arrested teachers.