ZINASU students arrested after demo

Twelve members of the Zimbabwe National Students Union were this afternoon arrested at Harare Polytechnic.

The students were arrested after they staged a demonstration against the decline in education standards in the country as well as college authorities’ reluctance to hold Student Representative Council elections.

Among the arrested students are the union’s President, Gilbert Mutubuki as well as Secretary General, Obey Sithole.

ZINASU Spokesperson, Avoid Masiraha, confirmed the development to The Zimbabwean saying the arrested members were detained at Harare Central Police station.

He said the students were arrested by security personnel at Harare Polytechnic who later called the Zimbabwe Republic Police to pick them.

“The arrest of the twelve came after we addressed students on the need to push the college authorities top hold SRC elections because for the past three years or so, the SRC has been appointed by the Principal.

“Also we were protesting against the issue of school fees that are beyond the reach of many. The college authorities have been sending students with arrears home and we felt that they were violating the students’ constitutional right to education,” said Masiraha.

Harare police spokesperson, Tadius Chibanda, could not comment on the development as he was out of office.

Efforts to get a comment from his deputy, Assistant Inspector Tarirai Dube, were fruitless as she was reported to be in a meeting.

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