The Nkiwane led ZCTU is holding its May Day commemorations Gwanzura stadium while the Matombo led faction has organised it’s at Harare gardens.
Both groups invited Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to be the guest of honour.
“Prime Minister Tsvangirai will this afternoon address workers in Gwanzura stadium. All workers and the press are invited to attend this special day, “Luke Tamborinyoka Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson confirmed to Radio VOP Tuesday.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai is said to be confused over the squabbles in ZCTU and his attendance at any of the factions’ event means his endorsement to that group.
Sources within Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s office said the Premier last week told both ZCTU factions that they should put their house in order if they want to invite him keeping them guising whether he will attend their events.
Lovemore Matombo was booted out of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions last year at congress which voted in Mr George Nkiwane as the new president.
But Matombo urged that the congress was illegitimately held and vowed not to relinquish his post.
At the congress which was attended by 165 voting delegates in Bulawayo, 160 voted for Mr Nkiwane while only two voted for Mr Matombo who boycotted the congress.
The power wrangle is still pending before the courts with the two factions continuously fighting.
The Nkiwane led ZCTU’s secretary General Japhet Moyo said the Matombo ZCTU rushed to invite Tsvangirai after they had already invited him hence their victory.
“We know that the people who told you that Prime Minister Tsvangirai was going to snub us obviously come from the rebels that are from the Matombo faction.
“As far as we are concerned we are convinced that Prime Minister Tsvangirai is coming as he has confirmed and if he fails to come we will not link that to our disputes. We have also invited Labour and social services Minister Paurina Mpariwa to grace the May day,”Moyo said.
But Matombo said they are not worried by Tsvangirai’s absence at their event.
“We welcome the Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s decision not to attend because we know that was going to divide workers. Tsvangirai as the former ZCTU secretary General he knows the pains of being divided. It affects workers. We know that there are some of us who want to be known by MDC and as ZCTU we are not worried by Prime minister’s attendance or absence,” Matombo said.
All over the world, workers come together on this day to demonstrate their solidarity as workers and their support for social democracy. The date commemorates the historic struggles of working people, and is recognized in every country.