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Zanu PF youths disrupt public meeting
Students Solidarity Trust
September 28, 2007


ZANU (PF) youths yesterday disrupted a public meeting organised by the Youth Forum in Masvingo. Hodes of Zanu (PF) youths invaded Charles Austin theatre hall at around 1600 hours when the Vice President of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU), Gidion Chitanga was delivering his address. These youths who are members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU), a govement sponsored students body started hauling abuse and insults to Chitanga before ordering everyone out of the hall. The police responded by arresting 11 youths who were attending the meeting including Madoch Chivasa the NCA spokesperson who was also one of the speakers, Edson Hlatshayo who is the Great Zimbabwe University S.E.C Secretary general and Wellington Zindove, the programmes coordinator of Youth Forum, who are the organisers of the public meeting. The 11 arrested were detained at Masvingo Central police station yesterday over night. Early this morning 8 of them were relesed without any charges and the three who are remaining include Chivasa, Hlatshayo and Zindove. Chivasa is being charged for undermining police authority while Hlatshayo is being held on allegations that he assulted college guards two weeks ago. Wellington Zindove is being charged on allegations that he organised a platform to attack the govenment as the organisers of the public meeting. Masvingo police cleared this meeting under the provisions of POSA but we are surprised by their behaviour of arresting peaceful and innocent citizens who are exercising their constitutional rights as enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution under the bill of rights.

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