The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) has urged workers in particular and citizens, in general, not to look up to ruling elites but to join the “resistance” against the government’s “stupid” policies.
Speaking to Daily News on Monday, ZCTU president Peter Mutasa argued that citizens’ sufferings are being orchestrated by the same people. He said:
Workers and citizens must not look up to the ruling elites who don’t care about our plight. The suffering of the masses is orchestrated by the same people.
While everyone else is suffering, the ruling elites are pillaging and looting the natural and other resources of the country. There is no incentive for them to change the way things are.
As a result, the workers and citizens must free themselves from this bondage … the ZCTU urges every one of them to join in the resistance against stupid policies that have impoverished us such as austerity.
Mutasa is among a significant number of trade unionists and political and human rights activists who are facing charges of subversion related to the January fuel protests.
In January 2019, ZCTU called for a mass stay-away to force the government to address the various socio-economic challenges Zimbabweans have to contend with.