General disrupts university classes

MASVINGO - Major General Engelbert Rugeje has been accused of disrupting lessons at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) by forcing students and lecturers to skip lessons and attend his so-called anti-sanctions seminars.

Rugeje, the Chief of Staff of the Zimbabwe National Army, has been accused of employing a mafia-style programme to force students to participate in Zanu (PF)s ridiculous anti-sanctions programme. Allegations against Rugeje are contained in a report released by the Community Tolerance for Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD), a local research institute advocating for the establishment of a Truth Telling Commission in Zimbabwe.

The custodians of the violence culture have employed a mafia-style demonstration in a bid to force even students who posses national identity cards to sign the petition. At Great Zimbabwe University brigadier Rugeje had a series of seminars with the students forcing them to sign the petition which is clear violation of the co curricular of the students, reads the report. Rugeje could not be reached for comment on allegations levelled against him.

The COTRAD report adds that Zanu (PF) youths were being coerced by senior army officers and party officials to threaten villagers to participate in the anti-sanctions campaign. This is disturbing news youths are being manipulated to spread violence and threaten villagers on impending catastrophes if they shun and snub these processes. In Jerera four villagers namely Brighton Machivana (22), Titos Muhunde (26), David Madzimure (29) and Prosper Nyamudya were beaten and threatened with death penalty after refusing to sign the anti sanctions petition, the report added.

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