EU denies accepting Robert Mugabe Ambassadors

Harare, – The European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe on Tuesday said the decision to aceept the credentials of Zimbabwe's ambassador designate to the EU was still to be made.

The EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell’Ariccia on Tuesday said: “The actual position is that the EU has given the agreement to Zimbabwe’s ambassador –designate HE Ms M. Muchada but the decision about the possible presentation of Ms Muchada’s credentials to the President of the European Commission, Mr J.M Barrosso, has not been taken.”

He was reacting to state media reports that quoted him as having said the EU will not interfere with President Robert Mugabe’s redeployment of ambassadors following letters of protest by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that the deployments were unconstitutional.

The Herald story added that Dell’Ariccia said the posting of diplomats should be left to individual sovereign states.

But in a statement to the media late on Tuesday Dell’ Ariccia said the newspaper report was incorrect.

Early last month, Prime Minister Tsvangirai wrote letters to the United Nations, EU and South Africa demanding the expulsion of some recently redeployed diplomats in those countries.

Mugabe has refused to reverse the arbitrary appointments analysts and constitutional experts maintain are unconstitutional as they allegedly violated the constitution and the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed by the three leaders in September, 2008.

Harare, November 03, 2010 – Zimbabwe’s teachers are facing serious political threats that have so far seen six being transfered at the orders of war veterans.

The Progress Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Raymond Majongwe told a a press conference in Harare on Tuesday that his organisation had received reports of teachers being victimized since the day President Robert Mugabe announced that elections could take place next year.

Six teachers from Gwangwava Primary School in Rushinga were recently forcibly transferred to other schools in Bindura after war veterans and Zanu (PF) supporters said they did not want the teachers in their community.

The six, who are all PTUZ members consist of two couples, one male and one female teacher.

According to Majongwe, PTUZ feared for the reachers’ lives because the district education office in Bindura, working in cahoots with the war veterans, transferred the six to Zanu (PF) strongholds so that they could ‘fix’ them.

"We want to put on record as an organisation that the situation in and around schools is starting to disturb us," Majongwe said.

He said teachers were being victimised at a time when the GNU (Government of National Unity) was showing obvious signs of cracks. He said Zanu (PF) supporters led by war veterans had threatened to cleanse the Mashonaland province of any members of the PTUZ."

"We don’t need this. It is unnecessary and uncalled for," Majongwe said. "What we have is a serious challenge around the failure by government to address teachers’ salaries."

"This election that is coming will not solve any problems facing teachers, infact the election will increase grave yards and opharns."

Majongwe said his organisation had written to Education minister, David Coltart to intervene. They were also planning to approach Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai so he can talk to President Robert Mugabe to convince his supporters to end the teachers’ victimisation.

Zimbabwe teachers, especially in rural areas, have over the years been the target of political violence by war veterans and Zanu (PF) supporters who accuse them of supporting the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The situation saw hordes of Zimbabwe’s teachers running away to enighbouring countries like South Africa, Botswana and to countries overseas. – Radio VOP