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Masvingo student leader badly beaten
Students Solidarity Trust
June 19, 2007

Whitlow Mugwigi, the Students Representative Council President for Masvingo State University (MASU) is in a critical condition after being severely assaulted by security personnel at the campus. He is receiving treatment at Masvingo General Hospital where he has been admitted.

Edison Hltshawayo, the Secretary General of the students union was also assaulted by the security personnel; however, he escaped serious assault.

The two were assaulted in an exam room at the University after College authorities accused them of flouting standing regulations on suspended students - which state that a suspended student is not allowed anywhere in the campus or the in vicinity of the campus.

The two had hoped to obtain a high court order which would have enabled them to sit their examinations but failed.

In a clear act of defiance for the unjust laws that govern the institutions of higher learning in Zimbabwe, the two proceeded to write their examinations, it was then that they were flushed out of the exam room and badly beaten. Whitlow sustained serious head injuries.

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