Poor workers forced to fund Zimbabwe heroes tribute

HARARE, (CAJ News) – PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s broke government is reportedly forcing impoverished civil servants and struggling entrepreneurs to contribute money for upcoming Heroes Day commemorations and presidential rallies.
The Southern African country is commemorating Heroes Day next Monday in tribute to the thousands of fighters and civilians killed during the war of liberation against British colonialists.
Some 10 000 freedom fighters and over 8 000 civilians were killed.
Ahead of the commemorations, rights groups reported government employees and business people were forced to contribute money from 50 cents (R6,50) upwards.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project said it was in possession of a circular disseminated to different government stakeholders issuing the directive.
Schools inspectors have in line with the directive convened meetings with school principals and instructed them to contribute money towards the commemorations.
Civil servants comply in fear of reprisals.
Ironically, civil servants go for months without payment while businesses are shutting down because of economic problems blamed on Mugabe and Zanu-PF.
Meanwhile, fundraising is an ongoing exercise for presidential youth interface rallies.
Citizens who have been coerced to contribute $1 (R13) in Chakari and Sanyati have been told the money is for transporting people to and from the presidential youth interface rallies which Mugabe is set to address.
In previous rallies held in such towns as Lupane and Marondera, those that went against their will have reported that no food was served; they were deserted and left to find their own way back home after the events.
Mugabe (93) is using the events to launch his presidential campaign for the polls set for 2018.
In power since independence in 1980, he faces a united opposition in the watershed poll.
CAJ News

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