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Chaos at U.Z. over top up fees
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
July 04, 2007


The University 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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