No Reconciliation With Nkiwane’s ZCTU: Matombo

The High Court was expected to make a ruling on the use of the name (ZCTU).

A faction led by George Nkiwane yesterday appealed to the High Court for an order to bar Matombo’s faction from using the ZCTU name.

The Congress started with welcome remarks from Matombo who said that there will be no going back and there will be no reconciliation between his faction and that led by Nkiwane.

Matombo accused the Nkiwane-led faction of electoral fraud when under the then leadership of Wellington Chibhebe it organised a congress in August this year.

“We don’t mix with this affiliate. We belong to the left and they belong to the right. We represent the working class and they represent capital. It is in the spirit that we seriously have to crystallise our ideology.

“It should be borne in mind that the Nkiwane faction has no numbers and we have 17 affiliates behind us,” said Matombo.

Matombo and his faction were represented at the High Court by three leading labour lawyers, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Caleb Mucheche, and Rodgers Matsikidze and supported by Lovemore Madhuku while George Nkiwane is represented by Aleck Muchadehama.

Elections are likely to take place Friday and Matombo is expected to retain his position as president while Progressive Teachers’ Union secretary general Majongwe is tipped to become the ZCTU secretary general.

Zimbabwe Energy Workers’ Union president, Angeline Chitambo who is widely believed to be the brains behind the faction is expected to become the first vice president.