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Zimbabwe University student activist convicted again
April 12, 2012
A Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) student activist Prosper Tiringindi
was today convicted by a Masvingo magistrate Mr. Mudzongachiso.
He was convicted on charges of assaulting Masvingo Polytechnic College
Principal, Mr.Nyamukapa. Tiringindi was being charged together with
Brighton Ramusi, Zivanai Muzorodzi, Godfrey Kurauone and Brian Chimwayi.
The four were acquitted
last week after the court felt that there was no evidence linking
them to case. The five student activists were facing charges of
public violence which were later changed to assault under section
89 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23). Delivering
judgment today, Mr. Mudzongachiso ordered Prosper Tiringindi to
pay a fine of $150.00 before the 31st of April, he was also warned
not to commit another offence otherwise he would be sent to prison.
The five students were arrested on the 2nd of February at Masvingo
Polytechnic campus after challenging Masvingo Polytechnic College
authorities to refund students who enrolled for a Tourism and Hospitality
program that suffered a still birth. After initially advertising
the introduction of this department and accepting payment from students,
the authorities decided to abandon the programme. Today's
conviction comes on the heel of another conviction. On 16th of February,
Tiringindi was convicted by a Masvingo magistrate for assaulting
the Great Zimbabwe Dean of students while he was Secretary General
of the Students Representative Council.
The Student Solidarity Trust urges University and College authorities
to dialogue with students before seeking the help of the Zimbabwe
Republic Police (ZRP). University ordinances and colleges Acts must
be used to discipline students.
the Students Solidarity Trust fact
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