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at U.Z. over top up fees
National Students Union (ZINASU)
July 04, 2007
of Zimbabwe was yesterday enveloped in mayhem and pandamonium
when anti-riot police descended on students who were gathered for
a general meeting.The University Students Represantative Council
had called for a general meeting to address the students on the
issue of the one million dollars top up fees that the University
is demanding from resident students.
The leadership addressed an estimated four thousand students, who
are resident at the university campus, outside a campus hall of
residence in the evening before anti-riot police arrived and forcefully
dispersed the gathering. The police threw teargas canisters and
randomly baton sticked students, before arresting a group of students
whose number is yet to be ascertained and three student leaders.The
three were subjected to serious beatings where the police used baton
sticks and iron bars. They are still detained at Avondale police
station.The anti-riot police also invaded the chapel were they frog-marched
a group of students who were having a church service and threw teargas
canisters causing stampede.
The Students' Union vehemently denounces the unbecoming behaviour
by the law enforcement agencies and condemns in toto the terror
campaign that the anti-riot police seems to have launched on students.
...meanwhile the University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor has suspended
3 former student leaders indefinately.
In another incident, the University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor
Professor Levi Nyagura has suspended the former S.R.C Secretary
General Maureen kademaunga and two other former student leaders
Prosper Munyanyi and Terrence Chimhavi.The three early last month
appered before the University Disciplinary Committee answering to
charges of inciting students to demonstrate.The committee found
the charges baseless and recommended the upliftment of the suspensions.The
Vice Chancellor, however, remained adamant and served the three
with fresh suspensions.The students, with the assistants of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR),are filing an urgent chamber
application because they are suppossed to sit for examinations which
are scheduled to start on the 15th of July 2007.
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