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Another student leader abducted in Goromonzi
Lance Guma, SW Radio Africa
May 29, 2007

A day after two student leaders were abducted in Bulawayo another one Tellington Kwashira, was abducted by suspected ruling party thugs in the Goromonzi farming area on Wednedsay. Kwashira is the ZINASU Education and Research secretary and was serving his industrial attachment with the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) in the area. A ZINASU statement said he was on an official farm workers assessment visit before being taken to a ZANU PF office near Ruwa along the Harare to Mutare highway. It's there that he was allegedly detained and assaulted.

The mob accused Kwashira of working with the British government to reverse the land reform programme in Zimbabwe. ZINASU said lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) were making frantic efforts to secure his release. The University of Zimbabwe has meanwhile suspended Maureen Kademaunga, the out-going SRC Secretary General. Authorities accused her of inciting students to demonstrate over the continued strike by lecturers, high fees and the general decline in the living standards of students at the college.

Meanwhile the two student leaders abducted from NUST, Mehluli Dube and Clever Bere were released Tuesday evening. ZINASU say the two were assaulted and sustained minor injuries. SRC President Bere and his deputy Dube were picked up by university security guards on Tuesday and detained for several hours in the security control room. It's thought they were then transferred from this location into the hands of state security officers.

In another sad reflection of how difficult it is for students to learn properly its reported children in boarding schools will now be required to bring their own food during term time. Schools are struggling to cope with the hyper-inflationary environment and see this as a way of coping. Already most schools have introduced top up fees mid term to make up for the shortfalls created by skyrocketing prices.

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