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  • Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students

  • Arrest and detention of ZINASU leadership
    Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
    January 19, 2007

    The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is disturbed and worried by the arrests of Zimbabwe National Student's Union leadership by police and their subsequent detention at Mzilikazi police station.

    The ZINASU president, Promise Mkwananzi was arbitrarily arrested by state agents at United College of Education during the launch of the campaign. He was arrested alongside nine other members of ZINASU.

    The Zimbabwean government, through the police and army, has become paranoid as evidenced by the widespread arrests, detention and torture of innocent citizens.

    The students were on a mission to launch the campaign 'Save Our Education, Save Our Future' in Bulawayo and it boggles the mind why they were arrested. They have a right to assembly and discuss matters that affect the education system in Zimbabwe.

    The campaign also comes against a backdrop of astronomical fees being charged in all tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. There is nothing sinister about the launch of such a campaign as it is a just cause meant to find ways of saving the Zimbabwe education system.

    We demand that the student leaders be freed immediately as their continued detention is a clear case of human rights abuses.

    W. Chibebe
    Secretary General

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