SLLC Sends Solidarity Message To ICTU Scribe

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The Sierra Leone Labour Congress has condemned in the strongest terms the arrest and repatriation to the airport preparatory for possible deportation of Mr Kwasi Adu Amankwa, Secretary General of ITUC-Africa by the Zimbabwean authorities in Harare.

According to the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress, Max Korombo Conteh, the arrest of Mr. Amankwa who was in Zimbabwe on an international solidarity meeting with the Zimbabwean Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), represents the height of intolerance and repression. He demanded his immediate release and that he be given free and unfettered access to members of ZCTU, officials of the Ministry of Labour, Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe and other organisations with which he was scheduled to meet. He continued that it is bad enough that the ZCTU members lately were victims of government’s high-handedness through arbitrary arrests, detentions and other acts of intimidation, all of which drew international condemnation. The government, he said, in spite of the global outrage against its ill-advised behavior, could arrest Mr. Amankwa  a diplomat in his own right and without any stated offence, signifies how far it is prepared to go on its mission of repression.

The SLLC, however warned that the government of Zimbabwe is clearly biting more than it can chew and advised it to retrace its steps and hold meaningful dialogue with the members of its trade unions for industrial harmony and development of the country.