By Tatenda Chitagu Pg 4 11.07.18
The High court was approached by the Amalgamated Rural Teacher’s Union in Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) to enforce a provisional order barring Zanu PF from forcing school pupils and teachers to attend campaign rallies during school hours. Justice Mafusire recently ruled in favor of ARTUZ before Zanu PF last week appealed the ruling at the Supreme Court. The ruling party’s lawyer Nickiel Mushangwe argued that Mafurise’s verdict was defective since there was no evidence linking the party to the practice. Mushangwe said Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavhima was responsible for frogmarching pupils to part meetings. ARTUZ lawyer Doug Coltart claimed that after Justice Mafurise’s order last month, Zanu PF continued to frogmarch pupils to its rallies in Mberengwa, Bindura, Gokwe and Chivhu. He produced screenshots of violence that erupted at President Mnangagwa’s Bindura rally last week saying it endangered pupils.