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University of Zimbabwe students speak out on arrest of ZINASU members
Students Union (ZINASU)
February 15, 2007
The Zimbabwe National Students Union
(ZINASU) president, Promise Mkwananzi was arbitrarily arrested by
state agents at Harare Polytechnic during a students general meeting
on the 13th of February 2007. He was arrested alongside Maureen
Kademaunga, the University of Zimbabwe Secretary General and other
members of ZINASU.
The Zimbabwean government, through
the police and army, has become paranoid as evidenced by the widespread
arrests, detention and torture of innocent citizens. The government
has failed to arrest well kwown corrupt public officials but has
seen it fit to expose innocent students to the criminal envrinment
of police cells.
The students were on a legitimate meeting
to map a way forward for the crippled higher education sector and
it boggles the mind why they were arrested. Students have a right
to assembly and discuss matters that affect the education system
The meeting also comes against a backdrop
of astronomical fees being charged in all tertiary institutions
in Zimbabwe and the reappointment of the underperforming Dr Stan
Gorerazvo Mudenge as Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education in
the recent cabinet re-shuffle .
There is absolutely nothing sinister
about students airing their demands. Infact our demands are just
and legitimate. The arrests bare testimony that the government is
now anti-people and anti-students therefore the people and the students
will react by being anti-government. Justice is equal to justice.
We demand that the student leaders
be freed immediately, as their continued detention is a clear case
of wanton human rights abuse. Justice delayed is justice denied.
For and on behalf of students at the
University of Zimbabwe.
University of Zimbabwe SRC President,
ZINASU General Council Member
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