UZ students battle Nyagura in court

HARARE - University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students this week plan to file another application in the High Court seeking that the Vice Chancellor be compelled to reinstate about 4000 students evicted three weeks ago.
The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) has told CAJ News that the battle is on

with the UZ council after Vice Chancellor, Levy Nyagura declined to obey a High Court Order to reinstate the students.
nyagura said he has directives from President Robert Mugabe not to reinstate the students who were evicted from the campus after violence erupted three weeks ago.
“We are not giving up on the battle for our rights. We are going back to the High Court seeking to have an order compelling Nyagura to allow us back. We also want him to face charges of contempt of court,” ZINASU said in a statement released to CAJ News on Monday.
The UZ council evicted all students resident at the campus on the grounds that the situation had got out of hand following violent clashes between disgruntled students and the police that rocked the campus.
In an interview on Monday Nyagura stood his ground and said there was no going back on the decision to evict the students.
“We are still standing by the decision made by the UZ council to evict the students and we have our rights to challenge court rulings by the way,” he said.
High Court Judge, Ben Hlatshwayo granted an interdict by ZINASU against the evictions and ordered that the students be reinstated.
It has however emerged that Mugabe ordered Nyagura not to allow the students back at campus because of the political situation and an apparent fear by the Zanu (PF) regime for an uprising that could be triggered by the students.
Students at the UZ have been up in arms with the council following the increase of fees by $1 million as well as the general crumbling of standards at the country’s highest learning institution. – Own correspondent

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