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leaders appear in court
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
Meanwhile, the ZINASU President Promise
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
The blood and spirit of all those who
were either killed or tortured shall water the small but green revolutionary
Long live the true spirit of Zimbabwe,
Change is around the corner.
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