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University of Zimbabwe students demonstrate
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
May 11, 2007

Yesterday the 10th of May students from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) demonstrated over continued deterioration of education standards, health, accomodation, food and social standards currently bedevelling the University and the nation at large.The protests started just before the launch of Student Executive Council (SEC) presidential election campaign for Terrence Chimhavi, a renowed human rights defender and proponent of democracy in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) leadership led by the Secretary general Beloved Chiweshe, UZ SRC President Tineyi Mukwewa, Secretary General, Maureen Kademaunga, Zwelithini Viki ( Information and publicity Secretary), Student Representative Assembly (SRA) Chairperson Kudzai Mupazvirio, Bulawayo Polytechnic College SRC President Blessing Vava and aspiring UZ presidential candidate Terrence Chimhavi addressed the students before overzealous UZ security officers started beating up defenceless students.

In rejoinder, the students started singing revolutionary songs denouncing the university Chancellor Mr Robert Mugabe and the Vice Chancellor Levy Nyagura . The security then started firing tear gas cansters and in response the students started destroying property and left a trail of destuction . The student leadership tried to quell the angry students but to no avail. The endurance bowl was just but splilling over. Windows of the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe, Main Library, Great Hall, Swinton Dining Hall, New Complxes 2, 3 and 4 were smashed. Three university cars were smashed beyond repair.

Riot police armed to the teeth with sophisticated artillery descended on the campus and fired several gunshots and teargas after which they started beating up students indiscriminately. Two vicious dogs were unleashed on the defenceless students which resulted in four students being mauled and they are currently admitted at a private hospital together with other 15 injured students.

Several students were arrested including Prosper Munatse and Munyaradzi Seredzayi. Names of the rest are still not known .Blessing Vava whose historic address sent the students wild is still at large and efforts to contact him have been futile.

Meanwhile the situation at UZ remains tense as riot police are still present.

The students are yet to be adressed by the Vice Chancellor over the lecturers strike which has been ongoing since January, the accomodation crisis which saw the eviction of more than 1500 male students, the extension of Mugabe's term of office which means he remains the Chancellor for the next five years (GOD FORBID).

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