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Student leaders kidnapped in Bulawayo . . . as the situation in colleges remain tense
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
May 29, 2007

The NUST Student Representative Council (SRC) president and his vice Clever Bere and Mehluli Dube respectively have been arrested. Hell broke lose this morning at around 0900 hours when the Bere and Mehluli were going about their normal business and were captured by the Chief Security Officer, Banda. The two student leaders were detained in the university control room. They were denied access to both fellow students and their lawyers. Bere and Mehluli were transferred from the NUST security office at around 1300 hours and are suspected to be in detention at Bulawayo Central police station.

The 2 student leaders had retreated into hiding following a police hunt in Bulawayo following the 10th of May 2007 peaceful demonstration by students at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo where 53 students were arrested including the student chorister, Themba Maphendeka.

During the demonstration, police used "war methods" to handle students with pens and papers. Tear gas was fired towards them resulting in 5 students collapsing.

Meanwhile, the security situation at NUST remains volatile. The ZINASU president Promise Mkwananzi said that the students of Zimbabwe will not intimidated by the mighty show of force by the Zimbabwean police. He said students are right, and right is mighty.

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