Established in 2000, MSU has 12 000 students, who overwhelm the nearby Senga suburb where rents are exorbitant. “The hall will accommodate about 700 students,” said registrar Erasmus Mupfiga.
During the 2012 national budget consultations, Finance Minister TendaiBiti expressed concern over the crisis at MSU, which has seen landlords in the nearby suburbs cashing in on desperate students.
A single room is leased to an average of six students with each of them paying an average fee of $80 a month. Ward councillor EnockChikweche said this impacted negatively on provision of water and sewer services.