High Court lfts MSU students’ suspension

THE High Court has ordered Gweru-based Midlands State University (MSU) to reinstate three scholars suspended for allegedly mobilising students to demonstrate against the institution.

Midlands-University-250The students, last week, filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court challenging their suspension on allegations of mobilising other students to demonstrate against poor living conditions at the newly established MSU Zvishavane campus.

The relief was granted by Justice Nicholas Mathonsi who ordered MSU to lift their suspensions.

Fanele Maqele, a final year politics and public management student, Tendai warambwa and Aldrin Nyabando both in second year and majoring in development studies had cited Vice Chancellor, Professor Ngwabi Bhebhe and MSU as respondents.

The three were suspended on April 11 after the institution accused them of breaching Ordinance No.2 of 2000 for allegedly posting a WhatsApp message urging students to go on illegal protest.

But in his ruling Justice Mathonsi ordered that the trio be allowed to write their examinations, which started last week, and for the university to convene the three’s disciplinary hearing within 14 days after their last examinations.

The WhatsApp message purportedly authored by the trio called for a massive protest against poor living conditions at MSU’s Zvishavane campus, existence of gold panners who pose a risk of spreading HIV and Aids to students and high temperatures, shortage of water and electricity.

But through their lawyers, Chitere, Chidawanyika and Partners, the students who deny authoring the alleged message are seeking an order against being barred from campus and for them to be allowed to sit for their examinations.

They also argued that the suspensions were open and vague and did not clearly state the date of the hearings. They also accused the university authorities of victimising them on unfounded allegations.

 

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