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Madock Chivasa, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) is deeply concerned about the continued
detention of the Zimbabwe
National Students Union (ZINASU) President Tafadzwa Mugwadi.
The ZINASU Leader was arrested on Saturday 27 March 2010 during
the Tertiary games at the Harare Polytechnic for distributing copies
of the ZINASU Weekly newsletter he is detained at the Harare Central
Up until today
he is still in police custody with no clear charges yet to be levied
As the NCA,
we deplore the continued harassments, arrests, detentions, expulsions
and suspensions of student activists in the face of the inclusive
government as an affront to their responsibilities to exercise their
freedoms, which include freedoms of assembly, association, movement
and the right to education.
Instead of addressing
the critical and burning issues confronting the students in this
country, the inclusive (elusive) government is taking pride in victimizing
and violating students' rights.
ZINASU is a
critical ally of the NCA and has been playing a pivotal role in
the fight for a genuine democratic people driven constitution.
We demand the
immediate and unconditional release of the ZINASU President and
we urge the inclusive government to address the problems that are
bedeviling the students' community.
trend of victimization of student activists is in similar fashion
and reminiscent of tactics used by the racist regime of Ian Douglas
Smith and the despotic Mugabe regime.
The NCA will
continue to work with all progressive forces including the students
union in their quest to achieve a democratic Zimbabwe, a democratic
people driven constitution which embraces academic freedoms, and
a government that is responsible to the plight of its citizens.
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