Southern Africa Trade Union Co-ordination Council

SATUCC Condemns Detention of ITUC-Africa General Secretary in Harare.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

STATEMENT ON DETENTION OF KWASI ADU AMANKWA GENERAL SECRETARY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION-AFRICA.

The Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC) a regional
trade union umbrella body comprising 22 national trade union federations in 14 of the 16 SADC Member States representing over 5.8 million workers strongly condemns the Government of Zimbabwe for forcefully removing comrade Kwasi Adu Amankwah the General Secretary of ITUC-Africa from his hotel in Harare in the early hours of today and consequently detaining him at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare. Comrade Kwasi was on a mission to visit ITUC-Africa affiliate the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) following the recent arrest and persecution of its leadership by the Mnangagwa regime.

It is within the mandate of ITUC-Africa to visit its affiliates especially when in difficulties and repression a situation ZCTU has continued to
endure from the Mugabe and now under the Mnangagwa regimes

We are informed that Comrade Kwasi Adu Amankwah remains detained at the airport despite being granted entry on arrival from Lome, Togo. ZCTU officials including ZCTU lawyers have been denied access to Comrade Kwasi Adu Amankwah.

The only reason behind this unnecessary and harsh treatment is
because he came to meet his affiliate the ZCTU which the regime labels dissident and hence an enemy of the regime.

SATUCC strongly urges the Mnangagwa regime to stop interfering in trade
union work and criminalizing trade union activities and actions. We are taking note of these violations of trade union and human rights and the regime shall be held accountable.

We demand that comrade Kwasi Adu Amankwah is released unconditionally and allowed to continue with his mission in Zimbabwe because he has not violated any conditions of his entry. We equally urge other SADC member states to talk to the Zimbabwe regime to uphold the principles and values of the SADC which are underpinned by respect for human rights and rule of law.

We stand in solidarity with our affiliate the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and its leadership currently being persecuted by the Zimbabwe regime.

Austin Muneku, Executive Secretary.

26th February 2019.