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Student leaders arrested in Masvingo, again!
Students Solidarity Trust
September 24, 2007

Barely two weeks after student leaders in Masvingo were arrested, Police in Masvingo have once again arrested two student leaders. The two, Whitlow Mugwiji, President of Great Zimbabwe University, who spent 3 nights in police cells last week, and Courage Ngwarai, an SRC member, were arrested after skirmishes with the campus security.

Whitlow Mugwiji, currently on suspension is being charged with trespassing, whilst Courage Ngwarai is being charged with Malicious Injury to Property. They are detained at Masvingo Central Police Station.

The skirmishes started when the security guards threatened the student leaders with violence, apparently because they were coming from a ZINASU meeting, which was discussing the cadetship program.

The two were in the company of other general council members from the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) when the chaos ensued. The other student leaders, who include, Mehluli Dube and Zwelithini Viki escaped, but were briefly detained on Sunday after they had taken food for the incarcerated colleagues. They were later released.

Other student leaders from GZU are on the run, and these include George Makamure and Mukudzei Shoko

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Levy Nyagura, has suspended UZ Students Executive (SEC) President, Lovemore Chinoputsa and Secretary for Legal Affairs, Fortune Chamba over the peaceful demonstration the two led last week at the campus. They were subsequently arrested and beaten by campus security and sustained injuries in the process. The two have been suspended for unbecoming behavior and damage to property, and in terms of Section 23 of the University Act, Chapter 25:16, pending a disciplinary committee hearing, on a date to be advised.

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