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Bid to install Mugabe’s student leaders at UZ
in Zimbabwe Coalition
May 02, 2013
students were subjected to harassment whilst some candidates have
been sidelined following a decision by the University
of Zimbabwe (UZ) to postpone elections for the student representative
body in a move that has been viewed as a ploy to secure victory
for students aligned to President Robert Mugabe.
The move by
the authorities has been construed as an attempt to control the
youth vote in the student sector ahead of the elections.
were going to contest in the SRC elections on Tuesday April 30 before
the country’s oldest and biggest University introduced new
regulations, which elbowed out other candidates. The move came after
President Robert Mugabe appeared in the State run newspaper The
Herald’s front page holding the shoulder of one of the student
candidates – a gesture which some might interpret as being
an open endorsement.
from ZICOSU which is aligned to the President’s Zanu-PF party,
Charles Munganasa remains in the ring after 12 candidates mainly
from rival Students Union ZINASU were sidelined.
The Dean of
Students, Mr. Munyaradzi Madambe reportedly postponed the election
and instead called a meeting with the aspiring candidates.
include top candidates – aspiring President, Kokerai Murombo
and aspiring Secretary General, Takudzwa Dumbunu, fielded by ZINASU,
which is also the International Students’ Peace Prize winning
students body. Moreover, it appears female candidates opposed to
President Mugabe’s ‘darling’ Union, ZICOSU were
subjected to harassment.
a female student source who requested anonymity out of fear of dismissal:
morning the university security arrested aspiring Secretary General
Takudzwa Dumbunu as she disembarked from a kombi at the college
and searched her phone deleting some pictures and information.
apparently wanted to remove pictures where we captured the university
security harassing us.
they arrested Rudo Mapedza who spent the night at Avondale Police
Station in police cells and was only released on Saturday after
we engaged a lawyer from the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, named Mutongi Bhamu.
was after they had been harassing us the whole week and tearing
up our posters,” she said adding that a student’s camera
was smashed in the skirmishes.
Elizabeth Maphosa was harassed and manhandled for taking pictures
according to the source that spoke to the Crisis Report.
they released a new constitution which they have refused to give
to us. The nomination court is supposed to be reconvened this week
and the elections will now take place on May 7 but it has been made
clear our candidates are out,” the source said.
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