Students declare support for Tsvangirai

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) general council has resolved to rally behind Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential run-off set for June 27.

Briefing journalists ZINASU President, Clever Bere, said students had decided to rally behind “the candidate who upholds democratic norms and values. Mugabe is now illegitimate. Come run-off, we shall run-over him.”

The council meeting was attended by over 60 colleges and universities from all parts of the country. The students castigated the Mugabe military junta for perpetrating violence against unarmed civilians for the simple ‘crime’ of exercising their democratic right to vote, to vote for Tsvangirai and the MDC.

They resolved to defend their vote and employ counter violence measures to protect their parents as well as the general electorate from the ‘diabolic Mugabe regime’.

blessing Vava, Zinasu Information and Publicity Secretary said that they were aware of a bogus ‘students march in support of Mugabe’ which Zimbabwe Congress of Student Unions (ZICOSU), the anti-students, Zanu (PF) counter organisation was organising for May 30.

“We shall not lie idle. ZICOSU represents the interests of Zanu (PF) and not the students. It has neither constituency nor mandate. Genuine students are here at this GC meeting,” he said.

Bere also said that the forthcoming election was a technical election requiring technical support and systems to guard against rigging. He said the students would do their part as a duty to the suffering nation without fail. He would not be drawn into discussing details of what exactly the students will do saying “they are issues of operational strategy which can not be discussed through the press.” However, he was very worried that with the opening of colleges and universities, some students may not be able to vote since they registered in their home areas.

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