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student leaders abducted, assaulted, left for dead
National Students Union (ZINASU)
June 27, 2007
Zimbabwe National Students
Union (ZINASU) Secretary General, Beloved Chiweshe and Munjodzi
Mutandiri, former Students Union President of Chinhoyi University
of Technology (CUT) were abducted at 1800 hours yesterday and allegedly
tortured by state agents.
The two were discussing
the state of nation in regard to the continued astronomical hike
of prices and services with other colleagues in a Southerton bound
Emergency Taxi (ET) when a suspected state agent diverted the ET
to Southerton Police Station where they were identified as wanted
individuals. Upon disembarking from the ET, they were hauled into
a pick up truck and drove to a place near Irvines Farm Produce along
Chiweshe and Mutandiri
were then thrown into a small sewer discharge river, forced to drink
sewer water and allegedly tortured by the police. They were also
forced to do 83 press ups 'for President Robert Mugabe's
age' and 27 'for Zimbabwe's sovereignty'. Munjodzi
collapsed as a result of the gruesome torture he suffered at the
hands of the police and state agents.
The police then drove
off with Chiweshe and Munjodzi's jackets, shoes, mobile phones
and wallets containing cash amounting to Z$3 million alleging that
it was Tony Blair's money. The two leaders were left for dead
in the river and tried to look for help in neighbouring areas.
They were later
found by the ZINASU Programmes Officer, Benjamin Nyandoro after
searching for almost two hours. Chiweshe and Munjodzi are currently
receiving medical attention.
Riot police beat up students on NUST Campus
University of Science and Technology have been severely beaten
and smoked with tear gas, after having staged a peaceful protest
on campus in demand for a descent and consistent learning environment.
Scores of students have been arrested and taken to an unknown police
station in two riot police truck loads. NUST Students Union president,
Clever Bere's whereabouts are not known. Since the opening of the
second semester, students have barely had any lectures. The lecturers
have declared an indefinite strike and resolved not to sit students
for their examinations which are due in June after having been postponed
twice from April to May and now June.
Student at the University of Zimbabwe escapes death by a
a student activist and aspiring candidate for the University
of Zimbabwe Students Executive Council elections, was severely
beaten and thrown out of a window from his halls of residents on
campus by unidentified plain clothed State details.
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