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Great Zimbabwe University Student still under victimisation
Students Solidarity Trust
September 21, 2010

A Great Zimbabwe University student activist Brighton Ramusi who had been participating in the struggle for the basic human rights to be respected in the institutions of higher learning appeared before a disciplinary panel for a hearing yesterday. He is appearing for the hearing after he was informed through a formal letter by the institution that on the 22 of April 2009 in the company of other activists (whose names where also provided) among other things:

  • Invited other Students to an unsanctioned gathering.
  • Unlawfully gathered at the Poly Tuck-shop and addressed students.
  • Marched to the university Administration block demanding an audience with the Vice Chancellor
  • Destroyed University Property.

The University states that he contravened sections 3(3.1.1), 3(3.1.2) of the university rules. This is not the first time university and state authorities have victimised students in this manner. In the year 2009, Brighton was part of a group that arrested in April, and they were later acquitted. Their charges arose in April 2009 when Great Zimbabwe University students demonstrated against high tuition fees. The disciplinary hearing comes in the mist of political violence and intimidation by ZANU-PF supporters at COPAC meetings. This then raises the perpetual culture in Zimbabwe of intolerance and not affording all citizens a voice. In the tenure of the inclusive government, more students have been excluded and suspended at the Great Zimbabwe University.

The student Solidarity Trust will continue to lobby for the victimization of students and all human right defenders to stop. It is through dialogue that a truly Zimbabwean voice can be given.

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