10 UZ Students Arrested

TEN University of Zimbabwe students and four Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) executive members were on Wednesday arrested for causing public disorder after convening a meeting outside UZ’s main library to discuss tuition fees.


The 10 students have since been released, while the four Zinasu leaders — Clever Bere, Kudakwashe Chakabva, Archieford Mudzengi and Brian Kagodoro, were still in police custody.

 

The students leaders’ lawyer Jeremiah Bamu yesterday said: “My understanding is that they are being charged for disorderly conduct in public. Their crime is addressing students and distributing “Take Charge” T-shirts. 

One of the students said he was picked up for just wearing a “Take Charge” T-shirt.”

The T-shirts are distributed by the National Constitutional Assembly as part of its “Take Charge” campaign to oppose the parliament-led constitution-making process.

When the Zimbabwe Independent visited the college on Wednesday — two days after it was re-opened — there was little activity with most students busy sorting out administrative issues while others were still arriving.

Efforts to get a comment from police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena yesterday were in vain.

Zinasu spokesperson Blessing Vava said the arrests were “a clear indication that freedom of expression on campuses is still to be guaranteed in this country” despite formation of the inclusive government in February.

BY WONGAI ZHANGAZHA

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