Some teachers unions in Zimbabwe have expressed outrage after their members were asked to catch fish to supplement their food supplies as well as their meagre salaries using boats that were donated by a former MP.
Former Chivi South legislator Killer Zivhu who is an avowed supporter of President Emmerson Mnangagwa shared a video in which he donated canoes outfitted with onboard motors to teachers at an unnamed school.
During the handover ceremony, Zivhu said that he was donating the boats to empower the teachers to supplement their salaries as well as to secure their food by fishing in the Tokwe Mukosi Dam.
Zivhu who was expelled from the ruling Zanu PF party called on the teachers to remain steadfast despite the poor salaries. The former MP advised the teachers that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is working hard to fix the economy to ensure that teachers and all citizens get decent salaries.
Last week Zivhu also donated mealie meal and relish to some teachers saying that teachers in his area should not have to worry about such basics.
However, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) dismissed Zivhu’s donation saying that they just want their members to receive decent salaries so that they do not have to rely on the goodwill of politically connected benefactors.
This is exactly the mentality in gvt circles. Teachers ask for better pay, a certain politically privileged figure believes they should be teachmongers or fishmongers. Give teachers money.
Teachers in Zimbabwe have been on strike since schools reopened arguing that they are incapacitated to do their jobs. The teachers say they are earning approximately US$1 per day which translates to US$30 per month (approximately R500). The teachers’ unions recently dismissed the government’s offer of a 40 per cent salary increase which would have seen teachers salaries going up from ZWL$3 500 to ZWL$5 000. The teachers are saying that they will only return to work if they get ” dignified treatment, reasonable salaries and befitting conditions of service.”
President Mnangagwa’s government, on the other hand, has said that it will not be held to ransom and has threatened to withdraw pay for the teachers.