Police Hunt Student Leaders

BULAWAYO- POLICE in Bulawayo are hunting for the student leadership of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) whom they have accused of inciting students to destroy property at the university last Thursday.

Police sources said the Law and Order Section had been instructed to hunt down NUST Student Representative Council (SRC) president Kurayi Hoyi, the SRC secretary general Samson Nxumalo and the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) treasurer Sheunesu Nyoni.

The three student leaders addressed students before the students demonstration on Thursday.

Students at NUST went on the rampage on Thursday, destroying property and stoning cars in protest at the university’s decision to bar students who had not paid fees for sitting for examinations.

Ten students were arrested on Thursday and were expected to appear in court on Monday, facing charges of malicious injury to property. The 10 students who are represented by Doreen Phulu from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) are still in police custody at Bulawayo central police station.

They are Trevor Vambe, Christopher Hwada, Brighton Mukwari, Fortune Karimanzira, Kennedy Chizana, Michael Zvinowanda, Evans Musara, Mukai Chigumo, Lawrence Bhebhe and Tawanda Saiti.

ZINASU confirmed three student leaders were in hiding after the demonstration.

NUST SRC and ZINASU have petitioned the NUST Vice Chancellor Professor Lindela Ndlovu to allow students who have not paid fees to write their examinations in line with the government policy that no student will be turned away over non payment of fees.

ZINASU in a statement said students who are eligible to write examinations are less than 150 out of a total of 4000 students at NUST.

NUST also indicated in a notice on Friday last week that only students who have proof of full payment of fees will be allowed to sit for the examinations.