ZINASU resolves to rally behind Morgan in presidential run off

HARARE- Zimbabwe's umbrella students body has resolved to rally behind the candidature of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the forthcoming presidential election run off.

Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) general council, which met in Harare last weekend, endorsed Tsvangirai’s candidacy saying the MDC leader believed in a value system that was sacrosanct to youths and students.

ZINASU president Clever Bere said: “As students, we have met, consulted, deliberated, debated and decided clearly and categorically to rally behind a candidate who upholds democratic norms and values. In this case, the candidate is Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC. Mugabe is now illegitimate. Come run-off, we shall run over him.”

The general council, which is an annual meeting of presidents of Students Representative Councils (SRC’s) from all institutions of higher learning in Zimbabwe, was attended by over 60 college and university representatives drawn across the country.

The students slammed Mugabe’s military junta for orchestrating a wave of violence on a hapless electorate.

Bere said students resolved to defend their vote and to employ counter violence measures to protect their parents as well as the general electorate from the “diabolical Mugabe regime”.

Blessing Vava, ZINASU spokesperson dismissed the pro-Mugabe Zimbabwe Congress of Students Unions (ZICOSU), which has planned a march on May 30 in support of Mugabe. Vava said Zanu (PF) had established ZICOSU in a desperate attempt to undermine ZINASU.

“ZICOSU represents the interests of Zanu (PF) and not the students,” Vava said. “It has neither constituency nor students’ mandate. Genuine students are here at this general council. They have met today and re-affirmed their sympathy, support and allegiance to the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai and the democracy project at large.”

Bere also said that the forthcoming election was a technical election requiring technical support and systems to guard against rigging.

The students lamented the dramatic collapse of the education system in Zimbabwe and the appalling conditions obtaining at colleges and universities across the country.

“Our patience is at an end,” said Bere, mimicking the famous 1978 quote by Zipra commander, Nikita Mangena.

He added: “We can not fold our arms as the government masturbates on fundamental students’ rights and academic freedom and space. Students’ rights are human rights. Our hope is Tsvangirai. We therefore encourage all students, women, the youth, and all Zimbabweans of sound mind to vote for Tsvangirai in the forthcoming ‘run-over’ elections,” Bere said.

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