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NUST student activists appear before a Bulawayo magistrate
August 03, 2011
Four student activists, David Mushawani, Beven Nyamande, Ernest
Makoni and Duncan Mombeshora briefly appeared before a Bulawayo
Magistrate today, 3 August 2011. The charges are that in October
2010, the students gathered at the National
University of Science and Technology (NUST) with the intention
to incite public violence. In the students' defence, the students
argue that they had gathered to discuss the pressing issues of examinations
as students' were being barred from sitting for their examinations
by school authorities. Their trial was however postponed to August
10 after the state failed to bring its witnesses.
pattern of student persecution by various college authorities around
the country is evident as the case surrounding these activists is
synonymous with cases in other parts of the country where the state
has failed to get a conviction. It is also a continuation of a worrying
trend of harassment and lack of respect for the rule of law by authorities
who continue to violate students' rights to association and
expression. Student activism is constantly deterred by authorities
who want to control and suffocate the voices of the students.
Bulawayo student activist, Patrick Danga also appeared today before
a Bulawayo Magistrate facing charges under the Criminal
Law and [Codification and Reform Act] Chapter 9:23 for defeating
the course of justice. This was after his defence lawyer Lizwe Jamela
of The Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights [ZLHR] applied for a separation of
trial since his co-accused Joram Chikwadze failed to turn up. The
State opposed the application and the case was postponed to the
17th of August, in the hope that the co-accused will be available.
Solidarity Trust (SST) therefore demands that the right to freedom
of expression be respected. In any society there can never be a
homogeneous frame of mind and therefore all voices should be listened
to in order to provide a holistic representation of society.
Visit the Students
Solidarity Trust fact
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