By Derick Tsimba
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is planning to stage demonstrations in January next year to commemorate the violent demonstrations that occurred from 14 to 16 January 2019, the Harare Post can report.
A well placed source revealed to this publication that ZCTU was planning to stage these demonstrations after it received US$80 000 from the Open Society for Southern Africa (OSISA).
“ZCTU is planning to stage demonstrations in January 2021 in commemoration of 14-16 January 2019, violent demonstrations. ZCTU received US$80 000 from the OSISA on 22 October 2020, in their undisclosed BancABC account,” said the source.
According to the source, the Harare Post has it on strong grounds that ZCTU received another undisclosed amount of funding for the same cause from the Solidarity Centre Trust.
“The Solidarity Centre Trust disbursed an undisclosed amount of funds to ZCTU in support of the cause. ZCTU is currently organising a meeting with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and labour unions to discuss challenges facing the country and to plan the way forward.
“The meeting will then influence the emergence of labour forums in preparation for the intended Anti-Government demonstrations,” said the source.