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student threatened with rape
National Students Union (ZINASU)
April 03, 2007
A female student
leader at Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in Mashonaland
Central Province, Chiedza Gadzirai was yesterday night threatened
with rape by the state securocrats from the dreaded Central Intelligence
is the Student Executive Council (SEC) Vice President at BUSE alleged
that she first received a phone call from unidentified person before
being paid a surprise visit by two unknown men clad in designer
suits and dark glasses. The unwelcome visitors interrogated Chiedza
on the whereabouts of Promise Mkwananzi, the ZINASU President and
the Secretary General Beloved Chiweshe. In the process, they threatened
Chiedza with rape and to infect her with the deadly HIV if she continues
to harbour 'terrorists'. They left the University Campus in an Mazda
Eagle Twin Cab vehicle without number plates.
Chiedza is one
of the female students who were arrested in May 2006 over the high
fees induced demonstrations, which rocked BUSE. She was denied bail
and had to spent two weeks in the remand Prison in Bindura. They
were represented by Aleck Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni from MMM
legal practitioneers. They were, however, released on bail and the
state had to drop the charges due to lack of evidence.
She was also
arrested on the 13th of March 2007 together with ZINASU President
Mkwananzi, ZINASU Coordinator, Washington Katema and four others
at the magistrates courts for singing the national anthem in solidarity
with the opposition and civic society leaders who were arrested
and brutally assaulted on the 11 March 2007 in HighFields, Harare.
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