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NUST students remanded in custody
Students Solidarity Trust
June 03, 2010
In a wave of
demonstrations which lasted over several days by students at the
of Science and Technology (NUST), which saw the arrest of six
students, four of them appeared in court today and have been remanded
in custody till the 7th of June. The four had actually been remanded
to tomorrow (04 June) but the date was changed after their lawyer
had indicated that he won't be around till Monday the 7th
of June. The other two were released on the 2nd of June with no
charges being pressed against them. The students are being charged
for holding an illegal gathering with the intention of causing public
violence. The students who have been remanded in custody are Beaven
Nyamande, David Mashanawani, Duncan Mombeshora and Ernest Makoni.
were sparked by the college authorities following the barring of
students from writing their exams for this semester over outstanding
fee payments. The NUST administration has indicated that students
with zero accruals on their accounts are the ones allowed to write
exams, denying almost 90% of the students' access to the examinations
and this caused an outcry especially from final year students.
started on Monday when most students could not get into examinations
and it is believed that of the 600 students in final year only 200
were allowed to write exams. Police had to be called in to contain
the angry students before they could destroy property. In an attempt
to calm the angry students the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lindela
Ndlovu, was escorted by more than 10 policemen to a lecture theatre
where he held an hour-long stormy meeting with the angry students,
but no solution could be found. In his attempt to find a compromise,
Prof Ndlovu indicated that those who had cleared their tuition fees
but had outstanding levies would be allowed to sit for examinations,
the students disagreed. During the meeting, the students threatened
to go on a full-scale demonstration which they held up until Wednesday.
student leaders were also arrested in Mutare on Tuesday the 2nd
of June on allegations of disorderly conduct when they were addressing
students at Mutare Polytechnic. The ZINASU Vice President Tafadzwa
Kutya, Education and Research Secretary Bestnos Kundishora and Gamuchirai
Mukura were released on the 2nd in the morning. No charges were
leveled against the student leaders.
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