Siziba withdrew over speakership dispute, did not chant mantra: ZCTU


The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has responded to reports of former opposition legislator Gift Siziba’s exit from the May Day celebrations held at Gwanzura Stadium.

In a statement issued by ZCTU general secretary Japhet Moyo, the union clarified that Siziba left the event due to a disagreement over speaking opportunities, not because of a mantra chanted by ZCTU president Florence Mucha Taruvinga.

According to Moyo, Siziba arrived late at the stadium and requested a space to speak on behalf of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). However, the ZCTU decided not to allow political parties to speak, especially after President Taruvinga had already delivered her speech. When Siziba was informed of this decision, he chose to leave the stadium.

“It is unfortunate that the spinners claim that he left because the ZCTU president had used the mantra ‘nyika inovakwa nevene vayo’. It is also mischievous to misrepresent the context in which the ZCTU president referred to the mantra,” Moyo said.

He further clarified the context in which President Taruvinga used the mantra, stating: “For the avoidance of doubt, he said the following: ‘The mantra nyika inovakwa nevene vayo certainly resonates with the inclusive Zimbabwe we all want. But how does that happen with the level of inequalities that are currently observed when citizens look for crumbs in the so-called Mbingas?’”

Moyo went on to express his disappointment at the misrepresentation of Taruvinga’s words, saying that the ZCTU has a history of inviting political parties with parliamentary representatives to its commemorations.

This year all political parties with parliamentary representatives were invited and everyone attended. However, neither was given the opportunity to speak, leading to Siziba’s departure.

“We expect decorum from our guests and they must respect our protocols and programs,” Moyo said.