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Katema, Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
November 07, 2007
The seven UZ
students who were arrested in July appeared in Court today, 07 November
2007, for a routine remand hearing and were further remanded to
05 December 2007.The students include Shaun Matsheza, the student
union Vice President and Caesar Sitiya the Student Representative
Assembly Chairperson .Their arrest came after a series of peaceful
protests by students that rocked the University in July after the
astronomical hike of accommodation fees beyond the reach of many
by the Nyagura led Administration. The state however preferred charging
them with malicious damage to property , a charge they have vehemently
denied and termed malicious.
The seven students looked
disgruntled by the continuous delays the Court was taking in dealing
with the case. They vowed that the allegations against them are
unfounded and false as they deny destroying any property during
the peaceful protests. The unnecessary arrests of students by the
regime are desperate efforts to silence the students from protesting
against inhuman learning conditions.
Meanwhile, the seven
students who were attending the court session were forced to hurriedly
rush to campus to join fellow students who were already on campus
after the late kick off of the court session due to the ongoing
crippling strike by Magistrates. The students summoned to the hearing
include UZ SRC President and Secretary General, Lovemore Chinoputsa
and Fortune Chamba respectively.
Today four students
appeared again in Court for further remand, Orglyve Makova, Joel
BInguza, Goerge Makamure and Brenda Mupfurutsa, the four were arrested
while attending Edison Hlatshwayo's court hearing last month. They
were all further remanded to 06 December 2007.
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