UZ leadership served with suspension letters by the UZ Vice Chancellor
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Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
May 18, 2007
The two Student
Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) University
of Zimbabwe branch leadership, Prosper Munatsi and Munyaradzi
Chikorowondo who were released from police detention on Wednesday
afternoon(16/05/07) after spending six nights in police custody
have been served with suspension letters today by the UZ Vice Chancellor
Professor L M Nyagura. The suspension letters are dated 14 May 2007.
According to the Vice Chancellor's letter the duo have been
suspended because of what he deemed irresponsible actions which
allegedly contributed to the unruly and unbecoming conduct by a
group of students who ended up causing extensive damage to property.
SCMZ would want to categorically state that the students had gathered
to discuss genuine student concerns and that it was the University
Security which provoked violence and not the students. While it
is unfortunate that there was extensive damage to property, it is
even more unfortunate that the UZ administration and security left
the students with no alternative. Whatever damage to property, the
UZ administration and its security wing should be held wholly responsible.
Furthermore, SCMZ is concerned by the UZ justice delivery procedure.
It defeats all the values of justice to punish people before bringing
them to a hearing. It is unjust to suspend students before hearing,
because if the two are to be acquitted in a hearing, from experience,
there won't be any compensation. Moreover, the suspension
letter does not specify the time frame for the hearing, it just
refers to a vague and embarrassing "date to be advised".
The two are therefore suspended before hearing for an indefinite
period, which is a great travesty of justice.
SCMZ would want to remind the UZ Vice Chancellor that harshness
does not enforce obedience but it only increases disloyalty. The
UZ administration should not be content with the superficial type
of social analysis that deals merely with effects and fails to grapple
with underlying causes.
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule the people groan." Prov 29 v 2
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