UZ evicts all students

The University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor, Professor Levy Nyagura, has evicted all students from the campus residence after disturbances that rocked the oldest institution of higher learning last week. Students are protesting against the Z$1 million top up fees caused by the extens

ion of the semester.
The students are questioning the rationale of being forced to pay for the incompetence of the university administration in failing to end the semester as scheduled because of the lecturers who went on a three months long strike.
On July 3 more than 3000 students converged at New Complex 4 residence and before they could make resolutions armed police descended and started to assault students indiscriminately. In the melee, more than 15 students were injured and three were arrested.
On Saturday heavily-armed police with sophisticated artillery, teargas canisters, Israeli water canons and vicious dogs descended on the students as they held a peaceful review meeting.
Seven students were arrested, including Saun Matsheza, the student union vice President and Caeser Sitiya, Student Representative Assembly member. At the time of going to press they were still languishing in the filthy and overcrowded cells of Harare Central Police Station. Several students were seriously injured and received treatment at Avenues Clinic, one of them, Jotham Shumba sustained a broken limb.
The whereabouts of the Students’ Union President, Lovemore Chinoputsa, are not known, his life is in danger and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) are working flat out to assist the students. – Zinasu

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