Five Masvingo Activists Finally Released:

After spending five days in conditions which even the ministry of justice and the Zimbabwean government admit are inhumane in Masvingo remand prison, Five Masvingo activists, Brighton Ramusi, Prosper Tiringindi, Zivanai Muzorodzi, Godfrey Kurauone and Brian Chimwayi appeared in court today before a Masvingo Magistrate and were released on free bail.

They are facing charges of Public violence emanating from challenging failure by Masvingo polytechnic authorities to refund students who enrolled for a tourism program that suffered a still birth. After initially advertising the introduction of this department and accepting payment from students, the authorities have now made an about turn by scrapping plans to have the department and seem to be uninterested in refunding the students.

The five were remanded to the 22nd of February.

Liquidity is a serious challenge for many Zimbabweans. This includes the unsuspecting parents and guardians of the students who were duped by the Polytechnic. The Students Solidarity Trust continues to urge authorities to safeguard students’ rights by ensuring that there are recourse mechanisms for those who will have been victimized in this way. The ministry of higher and tertiary education must make a statement condemning such activities and reign in on these errant administrators.

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