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Zimbabwe teachers unions exhort government and call off strike

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean teachers on Sunday called off a strike they started on Feb. 5 but warned that they could down tools again if government does not address their demands.

In a joint statement, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) called on its members to report for duty starting Monday.

"Our members who were on industrial action (strike) must therefore report for work commencing Monday the 11th of February 2019 and wait for further commands and direction," the two unions said.

The unions issued the statement after meeting with education minister Paul Mavima in Harare to try and find a solution to their grievances.

The teachers are demanding better pay and working conditions, among other demands.

"The employer is thus advised to take advantage of this détente to introspect and come up with a well thought-out, meaningful and long lasting solutions on the salaries grievances," the unions said.


Namibia president urges end to "illegal sanctions" against Zimbabwe

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson and Namibian president Hage Geingob on Monday called for the unconditional lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Efforts by the new Zimbabwean government to revive the ailing economy are being hampered by economic sanctions, Geingob said, adding that SADC regional leaders want these (sanctions) lifted.

"The heads of state and government of SADC noted that efforts by the Zimbabwean government to address the economic challenges and bring about prosperity of the people of Zimbabwe was negatively affected by illegal sanctions that were imposed on the country since the early 2000," Geingob said in a statement.

"The SADC expresses its solidarity with the government and people of the republic of Zimbabwe and calls on the international community to unconditionally lift all sanctions imposed on the country," he said.

The SADC region has noted concerted efforts by the Zimbabwean government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa to improve the standard of living through improving the economy, Geingob said.

SADC chair engages UN chief over Zimbabwe and DRC

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson and Namibian President Hage Geingob on Sunday engaged the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres over the unstable political situations in both Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A statement released by Namibian president’s office said Geingob engaged the UN chief on the sidelines of the ongoing African Union meeting in Ethiopia to give him feedback on the ongoing situation in both Zimbabwe and DRC.

"I just concluded this morning talks with the SG of the UN. We discussed the political situation in the DRC, Zimbabwe and wider SADC region.

"We agreed on the complementary nature of SADC and the UN efforts to improve governance and the quality of life of SADC citizens," Geingob said.

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing civil strife over skyrocketing cost of living which saw ordinary people taking to the streets to demonstrate against high fuel prices last month.

However the military has been accused of gross human rights abuses although Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa told his counterparts in the region that all is well in his country.

The DRC has been sitting on a political knife edge since the election that saw new president Felix Tshisekedi winning.

Opposition in that country however contested the results.


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