The other students
who have been detained are Maureen Kademaunga, Abisha Dube, Chanda
Chinale, Lovemore Chinoputsa, Lawrence Mashungu (he was in police
custody last week after leading demonstrations at the Bulawayo Polytechnic,
Kudzai Mupazviriwo, Gladys Mukubvu, Kudakwashe Mapundu, Blessing
Vava (was also in police custody in Bulawayo last week and he is
the President at Bulawayo Poly). 6 other students from Harare Poly
have not been identified.
have been taken to Harare Central Police Station.
by their President are engaging the government of Zimbabwe through
street protests, highlighting the precarious state of higher education
in Zimbabwe. Students like doctors, nurses, teachers and the generality
of the workers in Zimbabwe are failing to make ends meet owing to
the continued demise of Zimbabwe's economy - which is in the intensive
care unit. Inflation is now a record 1.593.6%.
leaders, who comprised student activists from other colleges in
the country, held a general meeting at the Harare Poly, which was
supposed to culminate into a march into the streets of Harare. But
state security agents from Law and Order were alert to the situation
and foiled the demonstration, and detained 15 students in the process.
were demonstrating in solidarity with the civil servants who are
getting paltry salaries which can hardly sustain people's livelihoods.
They were also demanding that the government address the lecturer's
plight, who are on strike. The students also demanded the abolition
of the new fees structure, which is making parents fork out a lot
of money for tuition.
is currently engulfed in a swathe of strikes by workers who are
just failing to make end meet owing to the hyperinflationary environment.
The problems that are besetting the Harare regime are a making of
its own, the structural problems emanate from a crisis of legitimacy
- the stolen 2002 elections, and the evil intention by Mugabe to
extend his tenure of office without facing popular election. Zimbabwe
desperately needs a return to legitimacy.
from the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights are being denied access to the arrested
students. Unconfirmed reports point that about 40 more students
have been rounded up from Harare Poly and are in police custody.