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Great Zimbabwe University declares war on students....as nine students are suspended
Students Solidarity Trust
November 13, 2007

Authorities at Great Zimbabwe University have declared war on students as nine students were suspended yesterday. The suspended students are Edmore Makonese, Leonard Gwata, Desmond Ncube, Oglive Makova, Thomas Chanakira, Courage Ngwarai, George Makamure, Faith Nkomo and Brenda Mupfurutsa.

They were suspended pending disciplinary hearings to be conducted on unspecified dates. It is believed that the suspensions emanated from the disturbances that rocked the university in September when members of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) clashed with pro-ZANU PF Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU) members.

Victimisation of students at the university has continued unabated in the last two months.This has affected a lot of students who are suppose to be sitting for their end of year examinations.Part of the suspention letter handed to the students and signed by the university vice chancellor Prof O.E.Maravanyika reads "You shall remain totally excluded from the Great Zimbabwe University campus,lectures,library,residences and all university activities during the period of your suspension and untill your reaplication has been considered"

Meanwhile the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has suspended two student leaders.Themba Maphenduka was suspended for a record three years and Mehluli Dube was suspended for one year. They were suspended following hearings that ware conducted in May this year. They were accused of inciting students against fees hikes last year in November.

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