According to the information received from the pan-African trade union organisation, ITUC-Africa, Adu-Amankwah was forcefully taken from Jameson Hotel in Zimbabwe to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by officers from the Department of Immigration of Zimbabwe on February 26. He was held in detention for several hours.
Adu-Amankwah travelled to Zimbabwe on behalf of African trade unions to conduct a solidarity mission with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), one of the 105 affiliates of the ITUC-Africa. During his visit, Adu-Amankwah was supposed to hold meetings with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Labour, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and also the Employers’ Association of Zimbabwe.Mr Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, President of FAJ, condemns in strongest possible terms the arrest of Mr Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, ITUC-Africa General Secretary, and the repression against Zimbabwean trade union leaders.
Whilst expressing the undivided solidarity of African journalists to Kwasi Adu-Amankwah and the entire ITUC-Africa family, who also represents many FAJ members, the FAJ strongly condemns the ongoing brutal attacks, harassments and judicial persecution of trade union leaders and journalists in Zimbabwe.FAJ, therefore, calls for the government of Zimbabwe to immediately stop the brutal suppression of labour’s voice, respect freedom of association and allow workers and their union leaders to freely and peacefully express their demands without any reprisals.