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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students
National Students Union (ZINASU)
March 07, 2007
despotic regime continue to live up to its dubious title as an outpost
of tyranny. 20 arrested students were subjected to barrack gangsterism,
wanton assaults from the members of the brutal Zimbabwe Republic
Police. However, 16 students were released today while the other
4, thus, the Zimbabwe National Students Union ( ZINASU) Secretary
General Beloved Chiweshe, Tust Nhubu, Lawrence Mashungu and Simbarashe
Mukusha are still detained at the notorious Hillside Police Station.
This brings the number of arrested students in the month of March
to 23 following the arbitrary arrest of Tineyi Mukwewa, the Student
Executive Council (SEC) president at the University
of Zimbabwe (UZ), Trevor Murayi, the Treasurer General in the
UZ SEC, and Garikai Tshuma, the Secretary General of the Students
Representative Assembly SRA on Thursday, the 1st of March 2007.
SRA is a student parliament which oversees the SEC.
The boycotts are spreading to other ZINASU regions. Reports coming
from Masvingo, where the union Vice President Gedion Chitanga is
spearheading the process revealed that all the Colleges, save for
Bondolfi Teachers College were deserted. Few students were seen
trickling in and out of the Masvingo State University. In most colleges
in Gweru, Harare and Chinhoyi lecturers are still on strike and
students also stayed away from college. To further compound the
situation, the public transport operators have increased the bus
fare today. It now costs around $ 20 000 per day for a student commuting
to and from Chitungwiza and University of Zimbabwe . In Gweru students
at Midlands State
University are forking out $16 000 to and from Mkoba and the
main Campus. That is the same situation with other students studying
in major cities such as Mutare, Masvingo and Chinhoyi. In Mutare,
it is reported low turnouts and the situation was pathetic at Africa
University where most students were forced to return home after
spending days without running clean tap water.
The ZINASU president, Promise Mkwananzi has however vowed to continue
with the class boycotts despite the arrest and victimisation from
the state repressive machinery. He urged all the students to remain
focused and steadfast in the wake of brutal and heartless campaigns
against humanity by the regime.
Student leader missing
United College of Education (UCE) Student Union president, Cosmas
Gwature is reported missing and suspected to have been abducted
by the state security agents. Cosmas Gwature was arrested alone
at the UCE on the same day that others were arrested at Hillside
Teachers College. He has been missing since then. Efforts by lawyers
and other students collegues to establish his whereabouts have hit
a brickwall . ZINASU is gravely concerned that he may be tortured
or even killed by the desperate and vicious vampire regime.
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