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  • Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students

  • ZINASU president and 9 others arrested
    Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
    January 17, 2007

    T he Zimbabwe National Students' Union president, Promise Mkwananzi was arbitrarily arrested by state agents at United College of Education during the launch of the Save our Education; Save our Future campaign. The campaign comes against a backdrop of deteriorating educational standards, imminent extension of Mugabe's term of office to 2010 and astronomical fees being charged in all tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe.

    In the light of the above submissions, the campaign seeks to; among other things locate the role of the students in the broader democratization initiatives such as the Save Zimbabwe campaign.

    According to eye witnesses, he was picked in the company of nine other student leaders by unidentified and non-uniformed persons suspected to be from the Zimbabwe Republic Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The arrested students' leaders are currently detained at Mzilikazi police station in Bulawayo.

    Among the arrested were ZINASU Secretary General, Beloved Chiweshe; ZINASU Secretary for Social and Legal Affairs, Milward Makwenjere; National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Student Representative Council (SRC) president Clever Bere, Vava Blessing SRC president at Bulawayo Polytechnic, Magabatela Jonathan, NUST SRC Treasurer, Nyoni Emmanuel, U.C.E SRC Secretary General and Viki Zwelithini, University of Zimbabwe SRC Vice President.

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