Eight Student Activist Appear Before an Harare Magistrate.

judgementIn a series of continuing persecution against student activists in the country, eight University of Zimbabwe student activists yesterday once again appeared before a Harare magistrate on charges of participating in an illegal gathering after a ZINASU demonstration in March.

The state had promised to give them a trial date on the 4th of August when they appeared for routine remand hearing. The student activists Joshua Chinyere, James Katso, Temptation Tazviinga, Tinashe Hlatshwayo, Tinashe Chisaira, Culvern Mungiri, Sydney Chisuko and Chikomborero Mukwaturi have been on remand since March when they were arrested at Parliament Building demonstrating against the abuse of human rights in the country. The eight student activists have since been remanded to the 7th of September.

Meanwhile Five Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) leaders also appeared before a Harare magistrate on charges of participating in an illegal gathering, they have been informed that the state will proceed by way of summons as the state witnesses once again failed to appear to give evidence. The five, Obert Masaraure, Tafadzwa Kutya, Gamuchirai Mukura, Archford Mudzengi and Tryvin Musokere were arrested on 16 June after addressing students at the University of Zimbabwe as part of the Day of the African Child Commemorations. The student leaders were assaulted by University of Zimbabwe security guards and members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) when they were arrested over a month ago.

The Student Solidarity Trust continues to reiterate the importance of a fully functional and effective Justice system that takes into cognizance the importance of respecting human rights and that is independent from manipulation.


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