Weekly case tracker—March 12 to March 16:

Five Masvingo Activist Case Continues:

Five Masvingo activists, Brighton Ramusi, Prosper Tiringindi, Zivanai Muzorodzi, Godfrey Kurauone and Brian Chimwayi appeared in court on the 12th of March before Masvingo Magistrate Mr. Mudzongachiso. Their case was postponed to the 26th of March as their application for release was denied because the state has requested to call in some more witnesses. They were facing charges of public violence which were later changed to assault as defined in section 89 of the Criminal Law (codification and Reform) Act.

Their case emanated from challenging failure by Masvingo Polytechnic College 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

Four Great Zimbabwe University Students’ case Continues:

Four Great Zimbabwe University students Tapiwa Gwara, Tapiwa Madyira, July Musengi and Effeso Munaro appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Mr. Makunde on the 12th of March facing charges of public violence under section 36 of the Criminal Law [Codification and Reform] Act [Chapter 9:23]. Their charges emanated from their challenging the authorities after they had been ordered to defer their studies upon late payment of fees. They are students who are studying commercials at the University who are on attachment and are not able to regularly access the college. Their case will continue on the 19th of March as the state cited that it needed to call in more witnesses.

Masvingo Activists Await Judgement:

Five Masvingo activists Arnold Batirai, Zivanai Muzorodzi, Gamuchirai Mukura, Godfrey Kurauone and Brighton Ramusi appeared before a Masvingo Magistrate on the 13th of March facing charges of malicious damage to property and assault. The charges emanate from a protest the students waged over the allocation of residence to Cuban doctors over students at Masvingo Polytechnic in July last year.

The case has been set down for the 21st of March for judgment.

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