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Student leaders appear in court
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
March 29, 2007

Seventeen student activists including the ZINASU Vice President Gideon Chitanga yesterday appeared in court facing charges under section 17 of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA). The student leaders were further remanded to Monday the 2nd of April 2007 when their trial is expected to commence. The student activists have been on remand since January 2007 and were in the past severely assaulted for peacefully demonstrating their discontentment against the current state of affairs at Masvingo State University.

Meanwhile, the ZINASU President Promise Mkwananzi, University of Zimbabwe Secretary General Maureen Kademaunga and Lawrence Mashungu also appeared at the Harare magistrate`s courts and were remanded to the 25th of April 2007 when their trial is expected to commence. The trio got into trouble with the law when they went to address students at the Harare Polytechnic at the invitation of the local Student Representative Council Leadership and were arrested. ln this case, the state will seek to prove that the accused are arnachists who are bent on destabilising peace at institutions of higher learning using the draconian Public Order and Security Act (POSA), meanwhile the student leaders will argue that it is their democratic right to visit colleges and address students on issues of their concern as a mandated they derive from ZINASU, the motherbody of all tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe.

In a related incident, the Presient of ZINASU Promise Mkwananzi immediately went into hiding after the court session after it emerged that he was now topping the list of wanted people earmarked for abduction. This comes against a spate of abductions of key oppostion personalities that rocked Harare in the last twenty four hours, including the raiding of ZCTU and MDC Headquarters Harvest House and the subsequent arrest of the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his top leadership. Mkwananzi has since found safe sanctuary in one of the sympathetic top African Embassies who have requested anonymity for fear of acrimony from the paranoid regime.

ZINASU condemns the current mafia-like operations of ZANU PF gangsters directed and led by the most senior leadership including President Mugabe who has come out of national television bragging about such barbaric crimes against humanity.The people of Zimbabwe shall conquer and will demand that the perpetrators of such brutal acts can not go unpunished.

The students are solidly behind the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) stayway and will go out of their way to ensure that it succeeds for the betterment of our parent`s livelihoods.

The blood and spirit of all those who were either killed or tortured shall water the small but green revolutionary tree.

Long live the true spirit of Zimbabwe, Change is around the corner.

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